Natural treatments for high cholesterol include eating a healthy diet, losing excess weight and exercising on a regular basis, according to Mayo Clinic. In some instances, eating a high-fiber diet that is low in saturated fat, trans fat and dietary cholesterol can lower cholesterol levels as much as prescription statin medications. For an ideal cholesterol-lowering diet, Mayo Clinic recommends eating whole grains, fruit and vegetables, monounsaturated fats and heart-healthy fish such as tuna, cod, salmon, herring and mackerel.
To improve cholesterol levels, individuals should work up to performing 30 to 60 minutes of exercise every day, reports Mayo Clinic. Good exercise options include swimming, brisk walks and bicycle rides. Losing as little as 5 to 10 pounds of excess body fat can reduce total cholesterol levels, and quitting smoking can significantly improve high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. People wishing to lower cholesterol levels should consume alcohol in moderation. Additionally, studies show that high levels of mental stress can lead to increased cholesterol levels by affecting lifestyle choices, according to eMedicineHealth.
As of 2015, few natural products have been proven to reduce cholesterol, explains Mayo Clinic. With a doctor's permission, patients interested in lowering cholesterol may wish to try artichoke, oat bran, barley, sitostanol or beta-sitosterol.