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Alternative Medicine for High Cholesterol

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
Is cholesterol all that bad? Whether you said yes or no, you're correct. You'll learn why in this lesson as you also learn about the alternative therapies available for high cholesterol.

What Is Cholesterol?

Quick! What's the first thing that pops into your head when you read 'cholesterol'? You may have said 'bad' or 'heart disease' or something along those lines. But actually, cholesterol is a waxy/fatty substance that's necessary for the production of hormones and other substances. So, it's not all bad. It's just that a lot of some forms of it is bad.

Because so many people have high cholesterol, numerous treatments have been developed to try and combat this problem. But besides these standard 'Western' treatments, there are alternative ones available as well. Few of them have any credible scientific backing, so keep that in mind as we go over this lesson's content on alternative medicine for high cholesterol.

Diet

What to eat and what not to eat? That is the question.

Do you like to eat oat bran-based cereals every morning? Great! Oat bran contains fiber. As do many fruits like apples and pears, vegetables such as carrots, nuts like walnuts, and seeds. Fiber is an important weapon in the fight against high levels of cholesterol. Some forms of fiber may attract cholesterol to it like a nail to a magnet. This means your body won't absorb the cholesterol and you'll poop it out instead.

Omega-3 fatty acids, like those found in herring and salmon, might help protect the heart. If you're a vegetarian, you might consider using flaxseeds instead. Or, you could add more garlic and onion to your diet as these might help lower the levels of cholesterol as well.

What you don't want to add to your diet are hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats as these could raise the levels of 'bad' cholesterol. This means you might want to avoid fried foods. You'll also want to avoid sugar and alcohol. That's because consumption of these guys might lead to increased levels of cholesterol. Again, by extension, this means avoiding things like beer, sodas, and dessert in general. Bummer.

Dietary supplements that might help a person to lower their levels of cholesterol include:

  • Guggul, a type of plant-based gum
  • Artichoke extract
  • Niacin (vitamin B3)
  • Rad yeast rice
  • Vitamin C

Acupressure & More

If you're not comfortable taking supplements, since they may have contaminants of various sorts, then you might be more comfortable giving yourself a massage. Well, not just any massage. An acupressure 'massage', where you stimulate various points on your body.

  • Heart 3 and Heart 7 may help improve blood flow to the heart
  • Pericardium 3 might help with chest pain
  • Conception Vessel 17 might relieve tension in the chest

Other things to consider to help lower cholesterol include:

  • Avoiding smoking
  • Weight loss
  • Regular exercise

Lesson Summary

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