Lowering your Cholesterol

By Fastkeys62 Latest Reply 2013-02-02 05:22:12 -0600
Started 2012-11-02 13:36:48 -0500

Hello, My name is Sandy (fastkeys62) and I just want to let all know that my cholesterol was 289. When the doctor told this to me, he also said he wanted to put me on heart medication. My response was telling him that I would rather try lowering my numbers naturally. He then asked what would I use to do this. I told him these natural supplements. They were Lecithin, Cayenne Pepper, B Complex,
Fish Oil, Garlic, Vitamin C and E. He told me that he wanted to see me in 6 months for another cholesterol test. Six months later I went in to see how I was doing, and to my surprise, it was working. He was very proud of me. My numbers were now 254. Well, I kept doing the supplements and then also added into my schedule riding on a stationary bike in my den, and also riding a 10 speed bike around town. I also did lots of walking. I would take my camera with me on my walks and got some beautiful pictures, and my numbers even went down more. Now my numbers are 205. Boy, what a difference this has made. You see, my mother had died when she was only 54 years old. She couldn't even walk from our home pass 3 more homes without gasping for air. If we would have known about this type of regiment, she might still be here. So with that happening to our family, my dear mom, I just decided to take better care of myself, and exercise, and take my supplements. It really peps me up and makes me feel like I have more energy. I would recommend this to all my family and friends. It really does work. It's nice to know that I didn't have to take all those heart pills that my doctor suggested in the first place. So, all you out there that feels the way I did about prescription pills, go ahead and try it the natural way like me. And good luck to all that have high cholesterol.

18 replies

mr.awesome 2013-02-02 05:22:12 -0600 Report

Lowering cholesterol is very important,It's the substance that builds up in your arteries and causes heart failure.Im on high chilesterol too,I have gone jogging,exercising,and eating lots of greens ever since!

QUEEN TIGRA 2012-12-30 12:22:07 -0600 Report


nycnow 2012-12-30 07:10:40 -0600 Report

U doing great! But b complex does that include addl B12? I started use single supplement B12 & DR stated after addl blood panel ( somewhat tired/thought B 12 way to go- NO! told STOP too much B12). but was
Not told Y should stop addl)? By way leave primary MD practice & transferred to PRIMAY CARE MD who Opened his own office after bring with group that I was using past years!

Pharmacist George
Pharmacist George 2012-11-10 14:29:57 -0600 Report

Hi Sandy,

First, let me congratulate you on making those great changes to your lifestyle choices. You have hit the nail on the head. You have proven that with a couple simple changes you were able to drop your cholesterol by an almost 80 point drop and without prescription medications.

Not that I am against taking medications for preventable chronic conditions, after all I have been a pharmacist for 26 years and certified in cholesterol management. When I am counseling my patients about their medications I primarily stress the point that medications alone without lifestyle changes will not suffice. I advise them to make simple lifestyle changes such as those you’re making along with favorable food, snacks and beverage choices and quit smoking. After losing few pounds, many were able to have their medication dosages reduced and many had their meds discontinued altogether by their doctor.

You have proven to yourself and everyone around you that those favorable lifestyle changes have impacted your health in a major way thus reducing your risk of heart disease, a chance your late mother did not have; God bless her soul. It is very smart on your part to have chosen the physical activity that you enjoy and customized it to suit your lifestyle, available time and geographic locations. You also incorporated your hobby of photography into your choice of physical activity and that’s brilliant. I urge you to remain persistent throughout life and continue on the same path.
Here are some additional tips I suggest. In terms of supplements what most likely worked in helping to reduce your cholesterol is fish oil and not all the other supplements. From a pharmacologic perspective there is enough clinical evidence to support that fish oil supplementation with 1 gram 3 times daily taken with meals may help reduce blood cholesterol. This would be the equivalent of eating fish 3 to 4 times a week.

However, there is not enough clinical evidence to support all the other supplements in reducing blood cholesterol including garlic. Garlic has been known to be a healthy vegetable to add to your daily food choices and is known to thin the blood and is heart friendly. But there is not enough evidence to support cholesterol reduction.

Since you have a family history of heart disease I suggest that you and all your family members have a yearly check up with your doctor and a yearly (or sooner) blood work up to include a full cholesterol panel and C Reactive Protein (An inflammatory marker your doctor would know about) tests.

Also, with regards to food choices I suggest you adopt The Plate method which will be the easiest to gauge balanced portion sizes and macronutrients (all major food groups).

It goes as follows: Divide an average size plate into three sections: one half and two quarters. Fill the half section with vegetables raw, cooked or as a salad, fill a quarter with either lean meat, lean chicken, lean pork or fish. Fill the remaining quarter with high fiber carbohydrates such as 2 slices of whole grain bread, or brown rice, or whole wheat pasta, or a medium baked potato with skin (you can add a smear of butter or sour cream if you like). Your main goal is to have a balanced meal that includes a variety of all the important elements of a sound nutrition without “dieting”, feeling hungry or being deprived of any food.

It is also critical that you add the recommended daily fiber intake of 35 grams to your arsenals of cholesterol fighting efforts. Raising your fiber intake has numerous health benefits including cholesterol reduction.

Aim at raising your daily fiber intake up to 30 or 35 grams and I’ll show you how you can reach this amount with just a couple choices: 1) Start your morning with Fiber One bars by General Mills or Fiber Plus bars by Kellogg’s have each 9 grams of fiber, they are delicious and a great way to start your morning. 2) For Lunch or Dinner sandwiches use whole grain bread with high fiber content such as “Double Fiber” by Oroweat or by Nature’s Own brands contains 5 to 6 grams of fiber per slice.

Continue to be an inspiration to others. Great work.

marimoody@rocketmail.com 2012-11-15 01:08:30 -0600 Report

Hi HH…
you mentioned the C-reactive protien test… Mine has always come back elevated, what exactly does this have to do with heart disease… thanks

HeartHawk 2012-11-17 21:01:42 -0600 Report


Elevated C-Reactive Protein (CRP or sometimes labeled hs-CRP for high-senstivity CRP) suggests there is active inflammation in your body and is a marker for heart attack risk. Many things can elevate CRP (not just arterial infalmmation) so it is not specific to heart disease and is just another test that can tell you something may ne wrong but not specifically what is wrong.


Pharmacist George
Pharmacist George 2012-11-15 23:52:38 -0600 Report

Hi Marimoody,

Well, C-reactive protein is an inflammatory marker and elevated levels of this marker means that your body is in a state of inflammation that’s been linked to heart disease. Let me translate to simpler terms.

Have you ever sprained your ankle, wrist or any other joint? If you have then they surely have become swollen. The reason they swell up is because some immune cells migrate to the injured site and congregate there for the purpose of healing it. That process is called inflammation and as a result the injured site will eventually heal. In this case the inflammatory process had a positive outcome.

On the other hand some health conditions such as obesity and belly fat causes the release of those immune or inflammatory cells on a constant daily basis. Moreover, belly fat act a gland that spills toxic chemicals into the blood stream also continuously. Those toxic chemicals and inflammatory molecules cling and stick onto our arteries forming a thick sheath called plaque.

As inflammatory cells continue to be available in the blood stream they make plaque grow thicker gradually thus narrowing the artery hole and restricting blood flow. That plaque act as a time bomb because it can rupture at any time blocking the flow of blood to the heart or brain causing a heart attack or stroke.

Inflammation caused by a sprain or excess weight cases C-reactive protein to be elevated. In the case of a sprain it will be transient elevation and will not be a threat to the heart. But in the latter case when inflammation is continuous and C-reactive protein is continuously up this indicates a heart risk.

Medications, lifestyle changes, physical activity, weight loss, quitting smoking and consuming alcohol in moderation can all effectively address those underlying conditions, bring everything to normal and reduce the risk of artery and heart disease.

marimoody@rocketmail.com 2012-11-16 08:42:22 -0600 Report

Thanks HH, :)
I knew it was an inflamatory marker, but never knew it was related to heart disease… I have arthritis and fibromyalgia, so the elevated levels were always contributed to that, I was just curious, as my heart attack was quite unexpected, and recent tests ( april 2012) for chest pain did not indicate that there was a problem there. I believe information and knowlege are power, and I am learning all I can for my next visit to the doctor. 3 weeks ago I had a major heart attack, and had to have 5 stents placed… Medications and Life style changes are now part of my routine, and I want to make sure that I am around for my grandchildren. Heart disease is a big part of my family history, and although I never really paid attention before, I am definately paying attention now…Thank you, this site has been a wealth of information and a peace of mind. Have a Great Day and SMILE :)

Pharmacist George
Pharmacist George 2012-11-17 10:00:37 -0600 Report

Hi marimoody,

You made the right move in joining our community, we're all here to support you. It is great you pulled through from the major heart attack and so your goal now and going forward is to prevent having another one. Arthritis and Firbomylagia are inflammatory conditions that can put your body in a state of inflammation.

You are absolutely on the right path of making favorable lifetyle choices and believe me if you continue persistantly in making those lifestyle choices, taking your medications as prescribed and having periodic check ups with your doctor then you can expect a natural lifespan and the best quality of life and you will be around a long time to play with your grandchildren and do anything you want. Take care.

marimoody@rocketmail.com 2012-11-18 15:50:52 -0600 Report

Thank you Pharmacist George… LOL when I wrote the last response yours wasnt there, I am glad I came back and checked again… You all are right on the ball with answering questions and I appreciate that… Thanks again for the info

HeartHawk 2012-11-02 23:30:38 -0500 Report


Good start on lowering your cholestrol naturally but 205 is still a tad too high. You are doing all the right things, especially the exercise. The most powerful natural remedy for high cholesterol is niacin but some people have a hard time tolerating it (it causes a skin flush that usually goes away after a few days use). The safest preparation is the slow-release variety but ALWAYS talk to your doc before using it. Even though niacin is nothing but a B-vitamin it is quite powerful but can have potentially nasty side effects.


tinman101 2012-11-09 16:11:43 -0600 Report

I think you are looking at the wrong number. You need to worry more about the LDL and HDL than the total number. I had my 3rd by=pass operation in July and a heart attack Oct 4th with 2 more stints. MY total number was 97 but the LDL was to high and the HDL was to low. I would be interested in how much of these supplements you take since I don't tolerate statin drugs.

tinman101 2012-11-09 16:03:45 -0600 Report

How much of these supplements do you take? I find that most health food stores have a 7.50 an hour clerk that knows very little about what they are selling. I would like to know since I don"t tolerate statins. I think you need to worry more about the LDL, HDL than the total number. I just had my third by=pass operation and my total was 97. My LDL was to high and HDL was to low this was July 19th and I had another Heart attack Oct. 4 with my total being 97.

HeartHawk 2012-11-11 23:35:57 -0600 Report


Right again. You really want to look at the ratio of LDL to HDL. The absolute lower limit for HDL in a man is about 30 but 45 or above would be recommended. The program I am on (Track Your Plaque) shoots for a one to one ratio of HDL to LDL at a target level of 60 for each. I have hit those numbers or come cliose on several occasions use a minimal does for crestor (5mg).


tinman101 2012-11-09 16:03:45 -0600 Report

How much of these supplements do you take? I find that most health food stores have a 7.50 an hour clerk that knows very little about what they are selling. I would like to know since I don"t tolerate statins. I think you need to worry more about the LDL, HDL than the total number. I just had my third by=pass operation and my total was 97. My LDL was to high and HDL was to low this was July 19th and I had another Heart attack Oct. 4 with my total being 97.

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