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I am putting molasses(blackstrap) local honey, cinnamon ,cloves, dry mustard, for baking tomorrow. I have a half a dozen cranberries and orange peal.

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cinnamon and honey are really good for you

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Cinnamon is good for cholesterol . So is greape fruit but not with statins.

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warm, with a touch of cinnamon. lol

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apple cider sounds good

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my daughter just drinks apple cider vinegar for arthritis

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interesting

185 on my fourth anniversary of July 7, 2010
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This is in reference to the posting by GUMBYGIRLTOO of the info from the Cleveland Clinic:
I was just (formally) diagnosed with high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. Just went to the dietician today and though she had some good advice she seems to think that white sugar/white flour are just fine but I disagree. I think this info that you posted is good with the exception of couscous which does not make any sense as that is just a form of pasta made with white flour. Did they maybe mean quinoa? which is what I am now substituting for couscous.

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I use 2 tsp apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons cherry concentrate, 8 ounces of water three times a day, this helps the arthritis pain, I also use real-time pain relief ointment from Amazon. I have a friend who sells the ointment also

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Really great suggestions !

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Be really careful with Niacin too. It has some weird side effects.

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Thank you so much. I sure do appreciate your taking the time to share this with me.

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www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management
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www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03028/High-C
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There are more lists - just do a search for "list of natural remedies for high cholesterol" or "alternative therapies for high cholesterol".

Be aware that red rice yeast is a statin but without the benefit of exact dosage and lab test to make sure your liver isn't being compromised, and niacin can eventually damage your liver, too. Better to use those under a doctor's supervision.

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I wish there were a comprehensive list of all the possible natural remedies for controlling cholesterol. Does anyone know of such a list?

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I used it with my statin (Zocor at the time). The hot flashes and the itching were too much for me even using the slow release kind. If your using it on your own you need to start with a small dose and build up gradually and be careful not to go over what your body can handle. Read up on when it is toxic and the side effects on WebMD or some such site before starting. And do talk to your doctor.

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Has anyone had any success with niacin as a way to control cholesterol?

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Trader Joe's doesn't leave a fishy taste.

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I take Nordic Naturals, the liquid not the gel caps. It doesn't leave me with a fishy aftertaste or burps.

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I've tried fish oil & it bothers me. What brand is the most gentle?

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I purchased Kirkland Omega 3 fish oil 1200 mg enteric coated pills and now I rarely get leg cramps....

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Quinine water helped me, but I wouldn't keep it up if it's caused by the statins. Give it time but if the leg cramps continue, have a good chat with your doc about the statins.

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They say, that 2 months ago I was up to 249, for which I have never tested that high, and now after 2 months on Statins,, down to 184..However; one day prior to the test taken that it showed I was 249, I took one at home I fasted for 14hours , and it said 184 at home.. the Doctor just said " Now you don't want to be taking your own cholesterol tests... thats it emoticon

Inches Inches Inches lost are more important to me than pounds... :) well POUNDS ARE STILL IMPORTANT NOT AS MUCH AS INCHES THOSE SHOW THE REAL PROGRESS AND THAT IS A HEALTHIER WAY TO MAINTAIN YOUR WEIGHT!!


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They have me on them and I keep getting leg pain, and horrible cramps.. He just says to take quinine water.. LadyDG ( shrugs)

Inches Inches Inches lost are more important to me than pounds... :) well POUNDS ARE STILL IMPORTANT NOT AS MUCH AS INCHES THOSE SHOW THE REAL PROGRESS AND THAT IS A HEALTHIER WAY TO MAINTAIN YOUR WEIGHT!!


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I can't take them either. My hair fell out. But I've been off statins for several years now and trying to control the cholesterol with diet and exercise. Hanging in there. But, guess what, my hair's been falling out again - major since April. Been tested for thyroid. Going to see my dermatologist this week. So frustrating.

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I cannot take statins. Anyone else have this problem?

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You're definitely headed in the right direction. Keep up the good work. I don't get tested again until November.

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I will eventually get there. My next test now is 6 months out and my doc isn't going to put me on Lipitor since I keep trending in the right direction.
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Good luck!

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Well my test is this Tuesday - keeping my fingers crossed! But I think its going to be good because I did a test at work (didn't fast though - so wish I had remembered) and it was 165 for the total. My triglycerides were high - but triglycerides numbers are impacted by not fasting. I hope this is real - I will find out.
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6-25-2013 (fasting)
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HDL - 35
LDL - 146
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Triglyceride- 276
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I just ordered some CocoaVia. We'll see if that helps.

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My test is coming up at the end of this month - I think its on Sept 26th - I have to look it up. The Niacin is the new thing I added to what I was trying these past 3 months between tests. I will let you know what happens!

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SKILPAT1 Yes let us know how it works. emoticon

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SKILPAT1 - Let us know how it worked. I haven't tried it, but am willing to do so!

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Has anyone tried over the counter time release niacin? My doc had requested I add that to my regimen. I started it after my last cholesterol test so am anxious to see the impact on my test that is coming up.

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I CAN'T EAT FISH emoticon
Triple Omega 3-6-9 (Fish, Flax and Borage oil every other day

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I eat lots of salmon and have oatmeal almost every morning. Love it.

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Benecol is a sterol. We can find sterol in foods like walnuts, salmon and oatmeal. But we have to eat 1-2g per day to see a reduction in the cholesterol levels. emoticon

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i've added to my eating:

old fashioned oatmeal almost every day
food with MUFAs--walnuts, avocado, olive oil, olives, will be increasing the MUFAs--variety & amounts
taking garlic gel caps daily
exchanged regular mayo for olive oil mayo, and regular butter for olive oil butter

will be adding soon:
flax seed oil daily (i can't do anything from the ocean, including the fish oil pills)
grapeseed extract pills daily

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I Haven't heard of them either.

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I'll have to check them both out. Haven't heard of either.

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I had to google Oasis Health Break Cholesterol Juice too - I haven't seen that here in the states. It looks like Benecol chews can be ordered online - have never seen those in the store either.

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I just googled Benecol as I haven't heard of it. I live in Canada so unfortunately it's not available here :-(

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I haven't tried that in a long time but I used to get Benecol - think I will add that in.

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Had my visit with the dietician. She advised to get 2 gms of plant sterols/day. Oasis Health Break Cholesterol Juice is great - 1 glass has 1 gram. Also certain brands of yogurt and margarine also have this.

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I made a green smoothie today and yesterday with 6 oz almond milk, one orange, 2 cups kale, and a small banana with about a half cup of ice, and 1 T ground flax. Blended it in my Vitamix. It was really good.

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We seem to be in the same boat. Hang in there and let us know what the dietician says. Good luck!

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I'm fighting going on meds. Just had my blood results - triglycerides down, LDL down, HDL down. Was trying really hard the past 3 months - feeling so defeated. I'm going to see the dietician on Monday so hoping they will give me more time to get it down naturally. Love all the info on this board.

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I had the exact same thing happen - its very confusing. The triglycerides were down by almost half but my HDL went up a point. I've got to go back in 3 months to retest. I also started taking time release niacin to see if that helps any. Just going to keep on with the exercise and eating healthy too.

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Saw the doc yesterday. My triglycerides went down - WAHOO! My HDL went up - YIPPEE! My LDL also went up - GRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just don't get it. Lost 10 pounds and getting exercise and eating well. The doc said we'd recheck in 4 months.

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I wish you all the best on your cholesterol test. Thanks for your support - my results were going in the right direction and I have to go back in another 3 months to get another test done.

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@SKILPAT1 - Congrats on the weight loss and the blood pressure. I'm sure the cholesterol is now headed in the right direction. Don't get too upset if it's not way down yet - it really does take time. I see the doc next week to see what mine is. Hope eating well has helped. I was on Lipitor years ago and my hair started to fall out. After trying me on different statins the doc finally agreed to let me give it a try without meds. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for BOTH of us!

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I changed my diet to something real similar to what GUMBYGIRLTOO posted.

I don't eat any processed food. Only fruits, vegs, lean chick/fish, almonds, ff milk, old-fashioned oatmeal.
I added in the metamucil yesterday.
I exercise 5x 30 minutes.
I had a bad cholesterol results and my doc wanted me on Lipitor. I have another test at the end of June so hoping that all this hard work changes the results. I will post back after the test. One good result I've already had is that my blood pressure was 165/90 even with meds before I changed my lifestyle. Now just a month later, my BP med dosage is cut in half and I'm 119/75. I'm sure it also is related to the 12 pound loss but I'm still in obese category ... for now.

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I take 2TBS psyllium husk per day. Will this reduce my cholesterol?

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Does anyone have a natural remedy for 1. Low thyroid and 2. knee pain from arthritis?

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Some great isdeas here; I know that exercise will make a big difference for me as I tend to avoid this regularly. But diet will also make a change for me, too!


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Thanks for all the great info.

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looking for alternatives;thank you all

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thanks working on this

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Hi

well that would be nice only one time a day. I have been eating oatmeal every day hoping next blood work will be better. I guess I just have to try it and see if it helps.
Thanks for telling me your experience.

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Hi,
I have been using Metamucil (actually psyllium powder which is the main ingredient in Metamucil). I too was worried about "going frequently". I use it 3 times a day. Hope this isn't too graphic, but I have found that my frequency has improved - now I generally just have one hefty movement each morning instead of several throughout the day. I have been very happy with this arrangement needless to say. In addition, after a recent check of my cholesterol, adding the Metamucil appears to have made a big difference along with several other changes I have made. Good luck with it!

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I hope this message posts in with the conversation. I posted before but my message came up on the main page.

I have wondered about something maybe someone here has experience and can help me.

I want to try using metamucil for lowering my cholesterol. I have always thought of metamucil as something to help constipation. I have never had constipation except once in my life when I tried to take calcium supplements. I am a frequent goer and don't want to cause more of a problem with that. Has anyone use metamucil for thier cholesterol that is frequent goer and did it cause a problem?

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5/26/12 2:57 P

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I have a different question....Is Canola Mayonnaise better for cholestrol then regular mayo and/or salad dressing?

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I dont understand...the Silky Soy has the just 2 carbs less than ff milk and it has 3.5 grams of fat so how can this lower cholesterol and be good for a diabetic...which one would be better for me Protein is about the same too per 8 oz serving.

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GUMBYGIRLTOO, You have some good advice there from the Cleveland Clinic. It is very similar to the guidelines I followed January-March from the book "Cholesterol Down" to get my cholesterol levels down from a very high level (doc threatening me with meds) to a normal range for the first time ever. I think the only differences are that I included 1) an apple every day, 2) garlic and aged garlic supplement (Kyolic) 1x/day, and 3) oatmeal every day. But if you stick very closely to the Cleveland Clinic guidelines, you have a great chance of success in lowering your LDL and total cholesterol numbers. It worked for me!

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I am trying diet changes alone before going on meds - I found this information on the Cleveland Clinic's web site and turned it into a cheat-sheet of sorts for me to live by for 90 days. I am 6 weeks into it and have been losing a pound a week without dieting, just changing what I'm eating. I suggest going to the site and reading all of their information but here is the summary I am using:

From the Cleveland Clinic on how to lower both Cholesterol and Triglycerides; And for high triglycerides, they even say they don’t do meds until 12 weeks after these changes that can help to lower the dose at the very least.

The bottom line is that sugars, especially simple sugars, are really bad for Cholesterol and Triglycerides.

Add / increase:
• Metamucil (Psyllium) 1t, 2 – 3x/day (can you believe this one/!)
• Beans, fruits (especially berries), vegies, fat free dairy
• Plant Sterols to 2gram/day; 1T Benecol Margarine = 1 G
• Omega 3’s: Fish - Salmon, Tuna, Halibut, Mackerel, Tilapia and / or
1-2 T of Ground Flax / Day or Fish Oil Tablets
• Switch 1 cup of FF Milk/day to Almond Milk or if you are not concerned about Soy, Soy Milk. The reason is that regular milk has a lot of sugar in it.
• Almonds and Walnuts
• Olive / canola oil

Use/ include:
Oats, barley, bulgur, couscous & millet, brown rice ok

Eliminate:
• Simple Sugars greatly increase triglycerides – white sugar, syrup, candy
• Processed grains – white bread, rice, etc.
• Saturated fats

Limit:
• Natural sugars: potatoes, beans, corn & peas
• Refined grains – bread
• Red meat

Other: Exercise – minimum 30 minutes 5-7 days/wk, lower amount of alcohol

Hope this helps!




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I haven't tried those yet. The green smoothies are actually good when I make them with whole foods plus flaxseed and greek yogurt. Hubby got me a Vitamix for my bday last year and that thing is awesome!

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I've been drinking green smoothies for about a year and my cholesterol went down, but recently started going up slightly. I have one kidney, so the doc is pretty adamant about losing the weight or staying on lipitor (which I stopped taking). I'm 61, 152 lbs.
I'm sure I have been too lax with my calories, so I am tracking again and exercising more. Any input is helpful!

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California has many good local health food stores with better produce prices and organic foods as well as supplements. Thank goodness for that. Also frozen veggies and fruits are often better than the produce shipped from the fields "fresh" if they have come from far.

Has anyone tried Juice + products? For those of us who still are shy either fruits or veggies, this is a wonderful addition to our diet. Lots of medical studies have been done on these capsules. All users show marked improvement in health over a period of time.

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I too love Trader Joes - Whole foods I find expensive - Super markets are carrying healthy alternatives if we look Not half as expensive as most of the junk food -

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I understand trying to get good natural food. I travel about an hour to Louisville to get to stores such as Whole Food and Trader Joes. Luckily I also go there to play hockey 1 or 2 times a week which helps.

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Ritr-Aid in Coventry RI is offering free Cholesterol/BP screening on the 10th of January - You would have to check on the time -anyone in the area- would give you a ballpark number -

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Do you think the at home cholesterol tester is accurate? I wonder if I would worry more if I knew what it was all the time instead of only at my Dr. appts....

I am new on here and am looking for food/vitamins to lower bad and raise good cholesterol. Any suggestions appreciated.

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Thank you At least I would get a ballpark figure as to where i am at -

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I bought it at Rite Aide - it was next to the drug tests for cocaine, marijuana, etc etc!

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good luck Where did you find an at home cholesterol test? I know it would ot give the most accurate # but at least a ballpark figure - Thanks

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I did a home cholesterol test the results were high. I decided to watch my diet more closely and start on fish oil and garlic..... then will see what my results are in January. Keep your fingers crossed!

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