How can you lower cholesterol naturally?


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Managing cholesterol without or in addition to the use of medication is best done with a combination of diet and exercise. According to WebMD, daily exercise reduces LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, and increases HDL, or "good" cholesterol, by up to 10 percent. Switching to a diet that's low in cholesterol reduces the amount of cholesterol that's consumed, but might not have a measurable effect, as the body produces cholesterol itself.

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In addition to a diet- and exercise-based approach, certain supplements are suspected of having a positive effect on LDL levels. The Mayo Clinic notes that few supplements have been demonstrated to have such an effect in double-blind medical trials, but recommends some dietary or nutritional supplements as promising. Barley, for example, may reduce LDL without noticeable side effects, and it has the advantage of being widely available in bread, muffins and other common food sources. Some supplements, however, should be taken only with a doctor's approval, as they sometimes cause unpleasant side effects. In this group are artichoke extract, beta sisterol and ground flaxseed. Each of these can induce gas, bloating or diarrhea. Some supplements, such as flaxseed and fish oil, can even interfere with prescription medications, making it imperative that a doctor be consulted before new supplements are tried, states the Mayo Clinic.

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