Red yeast rice has an even stronger effect, but its literally a natural form of a statin.
Take fish oil, exercise more, cut out dairy, replace most saturated fats in your diet with monounsaturated fats such as from extra virgin olive oil, almonds, avocado, etc.
Also, get a doctor who will look at more modern measures of cardiac health. If your insulin and inflammation levels are good, your overall cholesterol number isn’t really important. You can also do a cardiac calcium scan and see how much plaque you have. If you have no plaque buildup then the cholesterol is clearly not causing a problem.
Id much rather have a cholesterol of 260, super low hs-crp, excellent insulin sensitivity, and zero calcium score than be on a statin with high inflammation, insulin resistance, and plaque filled arteries but have cholesterol levels of 150.
Chasing “natural remedies” is essentially throwing money out the window. Dosages, purity of the supplement, and other factors make it almost impossible to find a consistent level that will actually work.
Also consider that there’s no quick fix that will bring you to “normal”. If you go the supplement or prescription route, you’re pretty much going to stick with it forever.
Changing your eating and exercise habits permanently are the most effective solutions, but they require discipline…
After my recent test results my fnp wanted to see me about my “high” cholesterol.I’ve been on a meat based diet for around 4 months so I assumed my LDL would increase. All of my other numbers were better than before except my LDL.
I have a couple fat out of shape friends with way lower LDL but much higher triglycerides and much lower HDL. They are presumed to be a lower because of their low LDL. Crazy.