I am genetically predisposed to having high cholesterol. My father has had high cholesterol for some time. When I was growing up, I was made aware of which foods contain cholesterol and saturated fats. Consequently, I was only eating these so-called high cholesterol foods in moderation.
About twenty years ago, after a routine physical (my first in many years), my doctor told me that I had a cholesterol level of 280. At the time I was cycling 50 miles per week, running 3 miles per day and playing soccer twice a week in a competitive adult league. Adding exercise was not a recommendation the doctor made. Since I thought I was on a low cholesterol diet (avoiding high cholesterol food), since I was getting plenty of exercise, and given my family history of high cholesterol, the doctor suggested that I start using cholesterol lowering medication. At the time, I chose to ignore his recommendation and my problem.
About seven years ago, a close relative experienced a heart attack when he was only 32 years old. Since I was quite a bit older, and given my family history and my personal cholesterol level, it was like having cold water thrown in my face. I had to do something to get my cholesterol down immediately. I needed a natural cholesterol treatment plan.
As with my earlier exprerience, exercise was not the cure - I was already getting plenty of aerobic exercise. I went on a sensible diet with a good balance of protein and carbohydrates – eating low glycemic food whenever possible. This reduced my cholesterol levels to about 245, still a far cry from achieving normal cholesterol levels.
Under suggestions from family members, over the next year and a half, I tried various supplements. I started taking garlic pills, lecithin, niacin, and guggal. Not knowing much about the effects of each and not knowing the dosages, I achieved limited success. My cholesterol went down to about 230, but would fluctuate enough that sometimes I felt like I was going backwards.
However, my success improved when I discovered food that lowers cholesterol. In conjunction with exercise and a liver cleanse, I was able to achieve normal cholesterol levels - getting my overall cholesterol down to 194 and my total cholesterol to HDL ratio to 3.5.
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