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Reducing LDL WITHOUT statins
billh99 posted:

"The World Health Organisation has estimated that 80% of coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke cases could be prevented by implementing positive diet and lifestyle changes.[1> Such changes include the uptake of a healthier diet, increasing physical activity and cessation of smoking. Elevated LDL cholesterol is widely accepted as one of the key modifiable risk factors associated with CHD.[2>

The role of plant sterols in lowering cholesterol has been studied extensively since the 1950s, and has been reviewed by independent health and scientific experts and international regulatory authorities[3>. To date, over 190 clinical studies have proven that plant sterols significantly lower cholesterol. .[4>1.5-2.4g of plant sterols can lower LDL cholesterol by 7-10% in 2-3 weeks,5 which can be increased to 15% when combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle."

The New Low-Cholesterol Diet: Plant Sterols and Stanols What are sterols and stanols, and does anyone like to eat them?"

"Plant sterols and stanols are substances that occur naturally in small amounts in many grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Since they have powerful cholesterol-lowering properties, manufacturers have started adding them to foods. You can now get stanols or sterols in margarine spreads, orange juice, cereals, and even granola bars."

Which are many of the same foods in a Mediterranean Diet.

But it is hard to get that many sterols from foods. Locally the only fortified food is the margarines. And I don't use them.

But you can also get supplements. Cholestoff is one brand that I see in the drug stores and Costco.
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