No one wants to hear they have high cholesterol. No one wants to have high cholesterol. We are told to eat more of this, or less of that. Of course staying active and healthy is always important, but what if that's not enough?
The basics of cholesterol, according to WebMD, "Cholesterol is a type of waxy substance (called a lipid) that your body needs for many functions, including the production of new cells. You get cholesterol from two sources: Internally, your body makes cholesterol; and externally, you get cholesterol from foods you eat."
As far as exercise, doctors are mixed on it's impact on lowering cholesterol. According to MedicineNet, "The research is mixed on the effect of exercise on cholesterol. Some studies show that exercise helps lower it, while others do not. When exercise does lower cholesterol, the effect may be what researchers consider statistically significant, but clinically, it may drop only a few percentage points and not enough to lower cholesterol into a healthy range."
With genetic predispositions, and the many diet suggestions out there, what else can we do to lower cholesterol? Fortunately there are promising supplements out there to help lower cholesterol.
Here are 5 supplements to help lower cholesterol.
1. Rice Yeast Rice
Specific compounds found in Red Yeast Sice, such as monascin and ankaflavin, have recently been found to support beneficial HDL levels.
1. Red Yeast Rice
2. Fish Oil
Increased Omega-3 fatty acids can help increase HDL (good) cholesterol and decreased triglycerides. 1-4 grams a day is suggested.
2. Fish Oil
Niacin is a B-complex vitamin that at high doses (2-3 grams) can help lower cholesterol.
Garlic may help lower LDL and total cholesterol.
Found in many fiber supplements, psyllium can lower harmful low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol by 5% to 10%. 10 to 20 grams daily is recommended.