Natural cholesterol lowerers

Statins that are often prescribed by doctors to lower cholesterol are not as healthy as many people think. Fortunately, there are also natural remedies that can lower cholesterol levels. Medicines that do not have unpleasant side effects like statins do. People who want to lower their cholesterol are too often prescribed statins by general practitioners. Unfortunately, these drugs often have unpleasant side effects such as muscle pain, joint pain and heart failure. A good lifestyle plays a role in good cholesterol levels.

  • General health advice
  • Power supply
  • Red yeast rice
  • Bergamot
  • Sytrinol
  • Red grapefruit
  • OPC and vitamin C
  • Combination supplements
  • Walnut
  • Artichoke
  • Vitamin B3
  • Gemmo therapy
  • Question marks

General health advice

Some general health advice applies to lower cholesterol:

  • Stop smoking. Smoking is very bad for the heart and blood vessels
  • Eat healthy and varied
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol
  • Get plenty of exercise
  • Make sure you are not overweight (overweight)

Power supply

It is very difficult to change your cholesterol level through diet and therefore eating differently. The liver normally ensures a balance between the amount of cholesterol the liver makes and the level of cholesterol in the blood. Our body produces 4 times as much cholesterol as we consume through food. The production of cholesterol in the body increases when we eat too little cholesterol and decreases when our diet contains more cholesterol. That is why it is so difficult to influence cholesterol levels with diet. Many doctors and other nutritionists indicate that eating saturated fats is not very healthy and that it increases cholesterol. But there are also other ideas about this.

In addition to general health advice, one can also try to lower cholesterol levels without statins, with natural remedies such as OPC, red grapefruit… etc.

Red yeast rice

Red yeast rice is a fermented product. The active substance in red yeast rice is monacolin-K. In terms of effect, red yeast rice is most similar to the effect of statins. It also has the same major disadvantage. Red yeast rice, just like statins, can cause enormous muscle pain. It is therefore very wise to take extra Q10 in addition to red yeast rice to prevent this side effect. The muscle pain is partly because Q10 is stolen from the body by the supplement. There are many positive stories on the internet about a clear reduction in total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL levels through the use of red rice.


It has been known in America and England for some time that bergamot (oil) can work just as well as statins, only without the unpleasant side effects. Bergamot is a citrus fruit. Bergamot is a product that is also for sale in the Netherlands and can significantly lower both LDL and triglycerides and can sometimes even increase the HDL level (i.e. the “good” cholesterol). Bergamot can also have a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels. One of the bergamot products was developed by American cardiologists. It is prescribed more often in America, for example when it appears that statins do not work or cannot be tolerated.


Sytrinol is a supplement that inhibits the enzyme HMG-CoAreductase and therefore lowers cholesterol. Sytrinol contains substances extracted from citrus fruits and palm fruits. In addition to cholesterol-lowering properties, it also contains anti-inflammatory components.

Red grapefruit

This lowers LDL, the so-called bad cholesterol, by 20%. Triglycerides are reduced by 17% by eating red grapefruit. The grapefruit contains pectin which works as a natural cholesterol lowering agent. Pectin also helps prevent arteriosclerosis. It is an antioxidant that prevents the formation of oxidized cholesterol deposits on blood vessel walls. This way there is less chance of blood clots developing. Pectin can also be found in apples.

However, be careful with red grapefruit if you are taking other medications. The enzyme CYP3A4 is inhibited by grapefruit juice. If the activity of this enzyme is reduced, the blood concentration of a drug can become high. The effect and side effects of the medicine can be enhanced as a result. This warning applies, among other things, to various cholesterol and blood pressure lowering drugs! So always consult a doctor before consuming grapefruit if you are already taking statins or, for example, blood pressure lowering drugs.

OPC and vitamin C

Policosanol (OPC) promotes the increase of HDL cholesterol and the reduction of LDL cholesterol. The most important sources of OPCs include grape seeds. Other rich sources include apples, pears, cranberries, red wine, cocoa, beer, green tea and pine bark. Vitamin C and OPC help the liver remove excess cholesterol. Vitamin C and OPC neutralize LDL in the bloodstream and thus prevent damage to the vessel walls. They reduce cholesterol levels and also prevent the deposition of cholesterol in the blood vessels. It keeps the blood vessels flexible. OPC ensures that less vitamin C is needed in the body because it strengthens the effect of vitamin C.

Combination supplements

In addition to supplements with one active substance, there are also supplements that combine various substances to lower cholesterol. Examples of this are:

  • arterin (bergamot, artichoke and plant sterols)
  • Physalis cholesterol (garlic, olive and choline)
  • Cholesfytol Green (bergamot, walnut leaf and olive)
  • Soluchol (plant sterols and phospholipids)
  • Cholecontrol
  • Armolipid


Walnuts contain many omega-3 fatty acids and therefore have a positive effect on cholesterol levels. Walnuts contain a substance that prevents LDL in the blood from oxidizing, making it much less harmful. The nuts can increase HDL levels and also have other health benefits. In addition, it has been discovered that eating walnuts influences the increase of beneficial intestinal bacteria in the intestines. One study found greater numbers of Lachnospiraceae after eating walnuts for six weeks. These are associated with greater reductions in blood pressure, total cholesterol, and types of cholesterol other than HDL.


Taking artichoke in supplement form to lower cholesterol levels is especially important for people with a family history of high cholesterol and for people with diabetes. It contains many antioxidants and inhibits the natural production of cholesterol in the liver. It reduces total cholesterol levels and also LDL cholesterol levels.

Vitamin B3

Vitamin B3 (niacin) works to increase HDL, or good cholesterol, and reduce LDL cholesterol. Niacin can also significantly reduce triglycerin levels. Taking niacin can lead to the so-called flush, a short-term redness of the face and some other parts of the body. Niacin can put extra strain on the liver, which is why it is recommended to take vitamin B3 together with milk thistle.

Gemmo therapy

Herbalgem, among others, has a gemmo product to balance cholesterol levels. This product is called Cholestegem and it is made from various herbs such as birch, lime, olive tree, rosemary and peppermint.

Question marks

Some natural products raise some questions about their use. For example, linseed contains many omega-3 fatty acids and cholesterol-lowering fibers and therefore lowers cholesterol. However, linseed contains phytoestrogens, a type of hormone, and is therefore possibly not as healthy as is often claimed. The question is also whether garlic can really lower cholesterol levels. There are several studies that claim that garlic has no cholesterol-lowering effect, while other studies show that garlic does have this effect.

Plenty of options to lower cholesterol levels. Always remember that cholesterol is a very important building block that the body needs. Including to repair vessel walls. Cholesterol is the substance that repairs the cracks that occur in the vessel walls due to inflammatory processes in the body. If your cholesterol level is high, it may be important to think about or investigate where the inflammation comes from and then do something about it.

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