I just came back from the doctor and he said I should start a low dose cholesterol-lowering prescription medication.
Q. Dear Terry, “I just came back from the doctor and he said I should start a low dose cholesterol-lowering prescription medication. My cholesterol numbers were within normal range but my doctor said it may prevent a future heart problem. I don’t want to go on this prescription and want to try something natural, do you have any recommendations?” — Jeff E., Green Bay, WI
A. Dear Jeff, After doing very extensive research on cholesterol and its effects on the human body, I believe the build-up of cholesterol comes from excessive intake of sugar and carbohydrates. If you are not doing so already, I highly recommend taking a good look at your diet. I would recommend restricting all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan or healthy fats webinar for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
In addition to the diet plan, I suggest that you also consider adding three nutrients to your daily regimen to help balance your cholesterol levels – Indian Gooseberry (also called Amla), omega-3 fatty acids, and curcumin.
Indian Gooseberry, a fresh fruit from India, has been an important part of Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. However, it was modern research that unlocked the secrets to its success in treating heart disease. Indian Gooseberry has antioxidant properties, which allow it to stop the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, the first step in heart disease. It is also able to increase levels of HDL – the good, protective form of cholesterol. I recommend taking 1,000 mg daily.
There are also many studies showing the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for reducing triglyceride and cholesterol levels. I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, as this is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. Instead of an oil, these omega-3 fatty acids are freeze-dried and are not subject to rancidity. This is the way you’d get your omega-3s by eating fish – in the natural sn-2 position, not the sn-1 position into which they become twisted during fish oil processing. This means a big difference in stability and ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most. Therefore, you only need a small amount compared to the handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils.
Additionally, I think you could benefit from an enhanced absorption curcumin. Because curcumin is poorly absorbed, choosing one with excellent absorption and one that has been proven in human clinical trials is very important. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. I would take 750 mg of curcumin twice per day.
Please be patient – you need to allow at least 3 months with the above nutritional program before you evaluate your progress.
Terry . . . Naturally