4 Natural Treatments for Hyperlipidemia
Lifestyle changes can prevent and manage hyperlipidemia. It may sound difficult, but it is totally doable!
1. Change Your Diet.
Reduce or eliminate salt and sodium, added sugars, unhealthy fats such as hydrogenated and trans fats. Cut back on alcohol. Choose low-fat dairy, omega-3 rich foods like fish and foods high in soluble fiber such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and oats. Cook with olive oil, garlic and onions. Add spices such as basil, rosemary, and turmeric that protect your heart, and ditch the salt!
2. Consider Supplements.
Red Yeast Rice, Niacin, and Fish Oil have been reported to reduce overall cholesterol levels. Chromium has also demonstrated a protective effect on the heart in studies.
3. Lose Weight and Get Active.
A weight loss of just 10% can go a long way in reducing cholesterol levels. Getting regular physical activity can help achieve weight loss, improve your “good” cholesterol (HDL) and reduce your “bad” LDL.
4. Quit Smoking.
Smoking increases “bad” LDL cholesterol and raises triglycerides.
- American Heart Association. Prevention and Treatment of Hyperlipidemia. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/PreventionTreatmentofHighCholesterol/Prevention-and-Treatment-of-High-Cholesterol-Hyperlipidemia_UCM_001215_Article.jsp#.WlZuYq6nHIU. Accessed on January 10, 2018.
- Natural Remedies for High Cholesterol. https://www.healthline.com/health/heart-disease/natural-remedies-cholesterol. Accessed on January 10, 2018.