A 44 year old patient comes to the medical center for a physical. The patient was found to have a high cholesterol of 225 with LDL of 160 and HDL of 60. The patient is slightly overweight and lives a sedentary life and smokes one pack per day. The patient was advised to do life style changes like exercise, weight reduction and smoking cessation.
The patient was advised to take natural therapy to bring the cholesterol down:
red yeast rice, Omega 3 fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory and stablizes the plaque and decrease the rate at which the liver produces LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, Chia seeds, lycopene containing foods like tomatoes etc.
- Omega 3 fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory and stablizes the plaque and decrease the rate at which the liver produces LDL cholesterol and triglycerides cholesterol.
- Lycopene containing foods like tomatoes etc.
- Fiber: The soluble fiber found in foods such as oat bran, barley, psyllium seeds, flax seed meal, apples, citrus fruits, lentils and beans are particularly effective in lowering.
- Phytosterols: Phytosterols are compounds found in foods such as whole grains , many vegetables, fruits, and vegetable oils. They decrease LDL cholesterol, mostly by interfering with the intestinal absorption of cholesterol.
- Soybeans: Soy protein is present in tofu, soy milk, soy yogurt, edamame, soy nuts, and many other food products made from soybeans.
- Herbal products: Fenugreek seeds, holy basil all may help lower cholesterol. The other herbs and spices like ginger, turmeric, and rosemary might be beneficial.
The patient was to avoid the food rich in cholesterol like egg yolks and red meat.