Definition of Cholesterol:

A waxy, fat-like substance manufactured in the liver and found in all tissues, it facilitates the transport and absorption of fatty acids.  In foods, only animal products contain cholesterol.  An excess of cholesterol in the bloodstream can contribute to the development of atherosclerosis.

Topics Related to Cholesterol

Acetyl-L-Carnitine a treatment
“...It is so effective in the process of burning fatty acids that it has shown the ability to register a marked decline in the bad cholesterol (LDL) levels, and simultaneously raise the good cholesterol (HDL) levels...”

Aerobic Exercise a treatment
“...Specific benefits of aerobic exercise include ... Increased hemoglobin levels; decreased blood triglycerides; improved high density blood cholesterol levels...”
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Aerobic Exercise Need

...the condition
“...increased heart rate; weak physical strength; bone loss / reduced bone density (lack of weight-bearing exercise plays a role in osteoporosis); low self-esteem; depression; high cholesterol; increased risk of arthritis; Moving our bodies requires energy that comes from the food we eat...”

Alcohol Consumption a treatment
“...What would explain the apparent benefits of alcohol consumption?  ... Alcohol improves blood lipid profile by increasing HDL ("good") cholesterol and decreasing LDL ("bad") cholesterol...”

Alcohol-related Problems

...our question about Your HDL cholesterol level
“Elevated levels of HDL cholesterol are generally considered to have a protective effect against cardiovascular disease...”

Alfalfa a treatment
“...Alfalfa can help lower cholesterol, balance hormones, and promote pituitary gland function...”

Alpha Lipoic Acid a treatment
“...Studies in the late 1990s demonstrated that lipoic acid stops cholesterol and intracellular damage by free radicals, discourages the formation of active species, inhibits growth of cancer cells and, possibly, even improves memory...”

Andropause/Male Menopause

...relationship to Syndrome X / Metabolic Syndrome
“...Visceral fat cells are the most insulin-resistant cells in the human body, and help to kickstart the vicious cycle known as Syndrome X that results in abdominal obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol levels.”

Aneurysm / Rupture

...recommendation Test for Cardiac Risk Factors
“...High levels of total cholesterol and triglycerides have also been associated with increased risk.”
...recommendation Vitamin E
“In evaluating 83 patients, it was found that serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels were higher in patients with aortic occlusive and aneurysmal disease than in control organ donors...”

Animal/Saturated Fats Avoidance a treatment
“Saturated fat raises blood cholesterol more than anything else in the diet...”

Antioxidants a treatment
“...In terms of heart disease and stroke, it is possible that higher levels of antioxidants slow or prevent the development of arterial blockages, a complicated process involving the oxidation of cholesterol.  Moreover, antioxidants may deter the collection of plaque on arterial walls.”

Arjun a treatment
“...Arjun helps to normalize cholesterol levels; it increases the elimination of cholesterol by accelerating the turnover of LDL cholesterol in the liver...”


...the condition
“...Laboratory tests that indicate atherosclerosis (or complications thereof) The doctor will check the blood-sugar level for diabetes and additional tests indicating cardiovascular risk including total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides, CRP, Lp(a), fibrinogen, and homocysteine...”
...related topic
“...This narrowing is caused by deposits of yellow plaques containing cholesterol, lipids, and lipophages within the arteries.”
...recommendation Hawthorn Berry Extract
“...Proanthocyanadins stabilize collagen to prevent cholesterol deposits on arterial walls, prevent free radical damage, reduce peripheral vascular resistance, angina, cholesterol, and increase coronary and myocardial perfusion; hawthorn has a historic...”
...recommendation Garlic
“A mechanism by which atherosclerotic plaque accumulates on the walls of arteries is the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.  Garlic has been shown in repeated studies to protect against LDL cholesterol oxidation and oxidation in the linings of the arteries themselves...”
...recommendation Increased Fruit/Vegetable Consumption
“...Eating fruits high in the soluble fiber pectin has also been linked with reduced cholesterol levels, which protects against atherosclerosis.”
...recommendation Aerobic Exercise
“Regular aerobic exercise lowers fibrinogen levels – a risk factor for atherosclerosis of equal or greater predictive value than cholesterol.  Additionally, exercise improves the production of nitric oxide within the blood vessel wall, which should limit the progression of atherosclerosis...”

Beetroot a treatment
“...Cholesterol levels also fall, decreasing the risk for many cardiovascular diseases...”

Beta 1,3 Glucan a treatment
“...Cholesterol reduction through cell activation and antioxidant activity...”

Bioflavonoids a treatment
“...Rutin aids in the elimination of cholesterol in the body and helps the body to develop greater elasticity of the arterial walls to promote greater blood flow and protect the capillaries...”

Biotin a treatment
“...Its deficiency is associated with hypercholesterolemia (excessive amounts of cholesterol in the blood)...”

Bladderwrack a treatment
“...According to test tube and animal studies, this appears to give fucoidan several properties, such as lowering LDL cholesterol levels, lowering blood glucose levels, anti-inflammatory activity, possible anticoagulant effects, and antibacterial and anti-HIV activity...”

Broad Beans a treatment
“...Consuming broad beans helps the body to remove fat from the arteries, lowering cholesterol levels.  Felons (fingertip infections) and furuncles (deep folliculitis; infection of the hair follicle) benefit from being bathed in a warm decoction of broad bean leaves until the water...”

Calcium-D-Glucarate a treatment
“...Cholesterol Lowering Preliminary results in humans show that glucarate can significantly reduce total cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides...”

Calming / Stretching Exercises a treatment
“...improvement of heart conditions and breathing disorders; better immune response; decreased cholesterol and blood sugar levels; easier weight loss; increased body awareness; relief of chronic stress patterns in the body; relief of muscle strain which in turn refreshes the body; relaxation of...”

Carbohydrate Craving

...the condition
“...The American Heart Association recommends choosing a wide variety of foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol.  While people need to watch their calorie intake to prevent obesity, they should consume a diet rich in grains (6 or more servings of breads, cereals, rice, pasta and beans) and at least...”

Carbohydrate Intolerance

...the condition
“...High blood cholesterol: Triglycerides often become elevated due to consuming excessive carbohydrates that cannot be properly metabolized...”

Cardiac Ischemia

...the condition
“...Causative conditions include ... Coronary artery disease (atherosclerosis): This is the most common cause, in which cholesterol builds up on the artery walls and restricts blood flow...”

Carotid Artery Disease

...the condition
“...The risk of developing carotid artery stenosis increases with high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol levels, high stress levels, diabetes mellitus, diabetes, cigarette smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, and advanced age...”

CBC (Complete Blood Count) Test a treatment
“...Unlike "good" and "bad" cholesterol, cell populations are not generally affected by lifestyle changes unless the patient has an underlying deficiency (such as vitamin B12 or folate deficiency or iron deficiency)...”

Chelation Therapy a treatment
“...The body's regulation of calcium and cholesterol is improved by normalizing the internal chemistry of cells...”

Chitosan a treatment
“Chitosan has the unique ability to dissolve and bind to fats and cholesterol in the stomach...”

Cholesterol Level Check a treatment
“Levels of serum cholesterol have been correlated with a person's subsequent risk of heart disease...”

Chromium a treatment
“...Chromium supplements are either niacin-bound (preferred) or salt based, and may be included in weight loss, cholesterol reducing, or insulin (pancreas) supporting products...”
...related topic
“...Chromium helps maintain normal cholesterol levels and improves high-density lipoprotein levels...”

Chromium Deficiency

...the condition
“...Abnormal cholesterol metabolism and increased progress of atherosclerosis are associated with chromium deficiency, and deficiency may also cause decreased growth in young people and slower healing time after...”

Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome

...recommendation Raw Food Diet
“...Total serum cholesterol showed a statistically significant lowering and urinary sodium dropped to 13 of the beginning value indicating good diet compliance...”

Chronic Renal Insufficiency

...recommendation Chitosan
“...Mean serum cholesterol went down 43% and mean serum hemoglobin increased from 5.8 to 6.8 g/dl in those patients who received the chitosan...”

Cigarette Smoke Damage

...relationship to Atherosclerosis
“...Specifically, these chemicals are carried in the bloodstream on LDL cholesterol, where they either damage the lining of the arteries directly or they damage the LDL molecule which then damages the arteries...”

Cirrhosis of the Liver

...the condition
“...This disease may also alter the results of the following tests ... Cholesterol test...”

Coconut a treatment
“...Coconut oil lowers cholesterol if it is high and raises it if it is too low...”

Coffee a treatment
“...Coffee also contains chemicals that increase low-density lipoproteins (LDL) in some people – the 'bad' cholesterol that leads to cardiovascular disease and contributes to artery clogging...”

Copper a treatment
“...A copper deficiency causes higher serum cholesterol levels along with the lesions similar to those seen in coronary artery disease...”
...related topic
“...Copper deficiency leads to a variety of abnormalities, including anemia, skeletal defects, degeneration of the nervous system, reproductive failure, pronounced cardiovascular lesions, elevated blood cholesterol, impaired immunity and defects in the pigmentation and structure of hair...”

Copper Deficiency

...the condition
“...Reduced thyroid function, cardiovascular disease, increased cholesterol, uric acid and blood pressure, impaired glucose tolerance, thrombosis, oxidative damage, skeletal defects related to bone demineralization and poor nerve conductivity (copper deficiency...”

Coronary Disease / Heart Attack

...the condition
“...Most heart attacks are caused by coronary artery disease (atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries), in which the insides of the arteries become clogged with plaques consisting of cholesterol, calcium, and other substances...”
...our question about Low-carbohydrate dieting
“...statistically significant weight loss reported in the Atkins group, every single cardiac risk factor measured worsened after a year on the Atkins Diet (measures included LDL, triglycerides, total cholesterol, HDL, total-to-HDL cholesterol ratio, homocysteine, Lp(a), and fibrinogen)...”
...relationship to Low Male Testosterone Level
“...This study also found that the protective HDL cholesterol levels were higher in men with higher testosterone levels...”
...recommendation Chromium
“...Chromium seems to improve levels of blood fats such as cholesterol.”
...recommendation High/Increased Fiber Diet
“ that is high in water-soluble fiber (such as fruit), is associated with decreased risk of both fatal and nonfatal heart attacks, probably because presence of such fiber is known to lower cholesterol.  Numerous studies have linked diets rich in fiber with low levels of cholesterol...”
...recommendation Policosanol/Octacosanol
“Policosanol has other actions against heart disease in addition to lowering cholesterol.  Like statin drugs, policosanol helps stop the formation of arterial lesions...”
...recommendation Animal/Saturated Fats Avoidance
“Where heart disease is concerned, animal fats are generally considered unhealthy due to their association with high cholesterol levels in the blood.”

Corticosteroids a treatment
“...nose or recent nose surgery (if using nasal spray forms of corticosteroids); Underactive or overactive thyroid; Liver disease; Stomach or intestine problems; Heart disease; High blood pressure; High cholesterol; Kidney disease or kidney stones; Myasthenia gravis; Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); Emotional problems; Skin conditions that cause the skin to be thinner to bruise more easily...”

Cosmetics / Moisturizers a treatment
“...A new treatment in the fight against dry skin is the use of topically-applied lipids such as ceramides, sphingolipids, or cholesterol.  These products are often applied before the regular moisturizer and work by replacing the skin's own lipid molecules that may have been lost with age or through sun exposure...”

Creatinine Monohydrate a treatment
“...Red meat contains creatinine, but also has some other undesirable substances (such as cholesterol and iron)...”

Cushing's Syndrome / Hypercortisolism

...the condition
“...Commonly, weight gain, high blood pressure and abnormal levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood are associated with resistance to insulin action and diabetes; this has been described as the "Metabolic Syndrome-X...”


...relationship to Atherosclerosis
“...A study of 688 women showed that depression and anger are associated with hardening of the arteries in women, in part through physical and behavioral risk factors such as bad cholesterol levels, obesity and smoking...”

Diabetes Type 1.5

...the condition
“...One major benefit for patients with Type 1.5 diabetes is that when their blood sugars are controlled they usually do not have the high risk for heart problems more often found with the high cholesterol and blood pressure seen in true Type 2 diabetes.”

Diabetes Type II

...recommendation Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
“Although niacin increases low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, which frequently accompanies diabetes, past guidelines did not recommend the use of niacin in patients with diabetes because of concerns about adverse effects on glycemic control...”
...recommendation Supplemental Fiber
“Higher fiber diets may have additional benefits for those people with diabetes, including reducing blood sugar, lowering insulin and lowering cholesterol.  Researchers studied 13 diabetes patients whose daily dietary fiber intake was 50gm and recorded reduction in total cholesterol, triglycerides, pre- and post-meal glucose levels, and...”
...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“...who ate a low-fat vegan diet, cutting out all meat and dairy, lowered their blood sugar more and lost more weight than people on a standard American Diabetes Association diet... They lowered their cholesterol more and ended up with better kidney function, according to the report published in Diabetes Care, a journal published by the American Diabetes Association...”
...recommendation Chromium
“...formulas that contain all of its components seem to work better than chromium alone, and small amounts given daily have been shown to both increase glucose tolerance and decrease blood fats, both cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as to raise HDL...”

EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 3 Requirement

...the condition
“...Omega-3 can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, inhibiting blood clots and preventing irregular heart rhythms...”

EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 6 Requirement

...the condition
“...Omega-6 conversion can be inhibited by bad fats (margarines, shortenings, trans-fatty acids, hard fats, sugar and cholesterol), lack of minerals (magnesium, selenium, zinc), vitamin deficiencies (B3, B6, C, E), viruses, obesity, diabetes, aging, and rare genetic mutations...”

Effects of a High Fat Diet

...the condition
“...These nutritional errors have been linked to high cholesterol, breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, PMS, and headaches to name but a few...”

Effects of a Low Carbohydrate Diet

...the condition
“...effects on obesity, meat consumption itself has been related to increased risk of coronary heart disease and for over 40 years medical reviews have also shown the detrimental impact of dietary cholesterol consumption...”
...recommendation Animal/Saturated Fats Avoidance
“The best dietary strategy to reduce one's risk of dying from the number 1 killer in the U.S. is to reduce one's consumption of saturated fat and cholesterol.  The evidence backing this, according to the American Heart Association, is "overwhelming...”

Elevated Insulin Levels

...the condition
“...Indications of hyperinsulinemia include weight gain (especially around the waist, producing the apple shape, not the pear shape), increased blood pressure and cholesterol.  Testing for elevated insulin levels can be an important step toward better health, and the prevention of diabetes and chronic disease processes later in life.”
...recommendation Chromium
“Chromium picolinate supplementation at 1,000mcg per day over a 13-week period combined with exercise decreased total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and insulin levels in a recent small study of both males and females...”

Erectile Dysfunction (ED, Impotence)

...the condition
“...Contributing causes include a lack of exercise, smoking, excess alcohol consumption, obesity and increased total cholesterol or reduced HDL levels...”
...relationship to High Total Cholesterol
“There are several causes of erectile dysfunction, and a high cholesterol level is one...”

Essential Fatty Acids a treatment
“...Help transport cholesterol; Help generate the electrical currents that make our heart beat in an orderly sequence; Are precursors of derivatives such as DHA, which are needed by the most active tissues – brain...”

Estrogen Replacement a treatment
“...The patches don't seem to provide the same degree of beneficial effect on the cholesterol as does oral estrogen...”

Estrogens Low

...relationship to Atherosclerosis
“Low estrogen levels raise LDL-C (bad) cholesterol, while lowering HDL (good) cholesterol, both of which contribute to atherosclerosis...”

Excess Animal Fat Consumption

...the condition
“Eating a diet high in animal fat leads to high saturated fat intake – the chief cause of high cholesterol.  High levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood increase risk of heart disease and stroke...”

Fatty Acids

...related topic
“...They are nutritional substances found in nature which include cholesterol, prostaglandins, and stearic, palmitic, linoleic, linolenic, eicosapentaenoic (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acids...”

Fatty Liver

...the condition
“...It is also common in people who are overweight, and in those who have diabetes, pre-diabetes, or high cholesterol and triglycerides...”

Fish Oils a treatment
“...According to some but not all studies, fish or fish oil appears to lower triglyceride levels, raise HDL ("good") cholesterol, "thin" the blood, reduce levels of homocysteine, slow down atherosclerosis, help prevent death from heart disease, and perhaps also treat hypertension...”

Gallbladder Disease

...the condition
“...Women are probably at increased risk because the female hormone estrogen stimulates the liver to remove more cholesterol from blood and divert it into the bile...”
...our question about Egg consumption
“...When changes in bile occur, such as high level of cholesterol, it can cause bile to crystallize and form gallstones...”
...relationship to Low Melatonin Level
“...Melatonin inhibits cholesterol secretion from the gallbladder, helps convert cholesterol to bile, and as an antioxidant can reduce oxidative stress on the gallbladder...”
...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
“...More importantly, it took seven days for the bile from Vitamin C-treated patients to form cholesterol crystals (the first step in stone formation), compared with just two days in the control group...”
...recommendation Sugar Avoidance / Reduction
“In research published in 1983 from the University Department of Medicine, scientists stated, "Bile is significantly more saturated with cholesterol after 6 weeks on a refined carbohydrate diet (white flour and sugar) than after a similar period on an unrefined carbohydrate diet (whole wheat and grains)...”


...related topic
“Stone-like objects in either the gallbladder or bile ducts, composed mainly of cholesterol and occasionally mixed with calcium...”

Gamma Oryzanol a treatment
“...Gamma oryzanol may also interfere with the absorption of cholesterol into the body from food, thus reducing cholesterol levels in the blood...”

Garlic a treatment
“...Medical studies have shown that garlic can lower cholesterol, prevent dangerous blood clots, protect LDL cholesterol and the endothelial lining of the arterial system against oxidation, reduce blood pressure, prevent cancer, and protect against...”

Germanium a treatment
“...Germanium deficiency is not recognized but is usually characterized by conditions such as infection, heart disease, increased cholesterol levels, osteoporosis, cancer, arthritis and immune disorders...”

Ginger Root a treatment
“...Cholesterol: Studies have suggested that ginger may be useful in keeping cholesterol levels under control, although the mechanism for this is not yet understood...”

GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) a treatment
“...High Cholesterol: A reduction in Prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) wreaks havoc on cholesterol levels...”

Gout / Hyperuricemia

...the condition
“...With its different effects, uric acid is somewhat like cholesterol in its biochemistry: As with cholesterol, it is both made in the body and obtained through the diet; some people are genetically inclined to elevated levels; and, whereas the right amount...”
...relationship to High Total Cholesterol
“Increased risk of gout is strongly associated with obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes.”

Green Tea a treatment
“...Green tea benefits the heart by lowering cholesterol levels and reducing the tendency of blood platelets to stick together...”

Guar Gum a treatment
“...Several studies have shown decreased blood cholesterol from long-term use of guar gum in the diet...”

Gugulipids a treatment
“...Gugulipid has been shown to effectively lower serum cholesterol and triglycerides, lower LDL and raise HDL levels...”

Gymnena Sylvestre a treatment
“...In studies, extracts of the plant have decreased fasting blood sugar levels, normalized blood lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides,) lowered insulin requirements and enhanced insulin production...”

Hawthorn Berry Extract a treatment
“...It may help limit the amount of cholesterol deposited on artery walls...”

High Levels Of Triglycerides

...relationship to Manganese Requirement
“Manganese can help lower high triglyceride and cholesterol levels.”
...relationship to Gallbladder Disease
“Gallstone formation does not correlate with blood cholesterol levels, but persons with low HDL cholesterol (the so-called good cholesterol) levels or high triglyceride levels are at increased risk.”
...relationship to Coronary Disease / Heart Attack
“...indicating that elevated triglycerides combined with low HDL (two abnormalities known to be caused by high insulin) are much more predictive of cardiovascular disease than either elevated total cholesterol or elevated LDL levels.”
...recommendation Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
“In a study of people with high cholesterol, niacin not only reduced LDL and triglycerides by 17% and 18% respectively, but it also increased HDL by 16%.”
...recommendation High/Increased Protein Diet
“Virtually every study in which the carbohydrate intake was low enough to convert the body's primary fuel from glucose to stored fat has shown a drop in total cholesterol and improvements in risk ratios of total cholesterol to HDL, with a dramatic decrease in triglycerides.”
...recommendation Digestive Enzymes
“Researchers found in 1997 that lipase can help to control LDL cholesterol and is helpful in stubborn cases of high triglycerides...”

High Total Cholesterol

...the condition
“A thorough evaluation of your heart attack risk requires much more than cholesterol level checks...”
...our question about Level of legume consumption
“A study of 9,600 Americans found that those who ate plenty of legumes had lower total cholesterol.  Legumes are rich in soluble fiber, which has been shown to help lower total cholesterol and LDL (''bad'') cholesterol levels, the study authors note...”
...relationship to Vitamin CoQ10 Need
“The statin drugs used to treat elevated blood cholesterol levels by blocking cholesterol synthesis also block CoQ10 synthesis...”
...relationship to Mercury Toxicity (Amalgam Illness)
“Elevated total cholesterol greater than 270mg may be associated with mercury toxicity.”
...relationship to Hypothyroidism
“High cholesterol is one of the consequences of untreated hypothyroidism.”
...relationship to Alzheimer's Disease
“It is thought that the connection between high cholesterol and Alzheimer's disease exists in a protein called beta-amyloid, a sticky substance that builds up in the brains of Alzheimer's patients leading to nerve cell damage and loss of cognitive...”
...relationship to Manganese Requirement
“See the link between Low HDL/LDL Cholesterol Ratio and Manganese Need.”
...recommendation Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
“Probably the best form of vitamin B3 to use for the purpose of cholesterol reduction is inositol hexaniacinate (flush-free niacin)...”
...recommendation Nut and Seed Consumption
“...Pecans, for example, will lower total cholesterol, triglycerides, apolipoprotein B and lipoprotein(a)...”
...recommendation Grain-free Diet
“It is important to realize that diet is the key to lowering cholesterol levels.  Restriction of processed grains, sugars and dairy, and replacing all fluids with water are key...”
...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“August, 2017: A dietary review of 49 observational and controlled studies found that plant-based vegetarian diets – especially vegan diets – are associated with lower levels of total cholesterol, including lower levels of HDL and LDL cholesterol, compared to omnivorous diets...”
...recommendation Animal/Saturated Fats Avoidance
“It should be noted that there is not necessarily a strict relationship between cholesterol intake and blood cholesterol level...”
...recommendation Garlic
“Several studies have shown a mild lowering effect on total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol...”
...recommendation Chromium
“Chromium recently has been shown to lower blood cholesterol while mildly raising HDL (high-density lipoprotein), the good portion of cholesterol...”
...recommendation GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate)
“In a study of 100 patients at the Warsaw Institute of Hematology, GHB was shown to lower cholesterol levels.”
...recommendation Artichoke Extract
“Choleretics typically lower cholesterol levels because they increase the excretion of cholesterol and decrease the synthesis of cholesterol in the liver...”
...recommendation High/Increased Fiber Diet
“...Three months of supplementation with ground flax seed at 40gm per day reduced serum total cholesterol in a study of postmenopausal women...”
...recommendation Cysteine / N-Acetylcysteine (NAC)
“Cysteine is sometimes used to improve cholesterol ratios.”
...recommendation Melatonin
“Melatonin helps to decrease total cholesterol and "bad" LDL cholesterol levels.”
...recommendation Increased Fruit/Vegetable Consumption
“Soluble fiber from fruit pectin has lowered cholesterol levels in most trials...”
...recommendation L-Taurine
“Taurine lowers serum cholesterol levels by combining with cholesterol to form bile.”
...recommendation Soy Isoflavones
“...A soy protein isolate reduced total and LDL-cholesterol concentrations in a study of 60 patients with high cholesterol levels...”
...recommendation Smaller, More Frequent Meals
“Controlling cholesterol levels may be a case of not only what is eaten but how often...”
...recommendation Potassium
“In experiments, potassium-supplemented individuals not only had their high blood pressure reduced but reduced their cholesterol measurements as well, confirming that a deficiency of potassium is associated with hypercholesterolemia.”
...recommendation Olive Oil
“Monounsaturated fatty acids – as contained in olive oil – reduce total and LDL cholesterol concentrations without reducing the levels of HDL cholesterol, thus leading to favorable changes in the serum lipid profile and possibly to changes in the physicochemical properties of...”
...recommendation Increased Legume Consumption
“A study of 9,600 Americans found that those who ate plenty of legumes had lower total cholesterol.  Legumes are rich in soluble fiber, which has been shown to help lower total cholesterol and LDL (''bad'') cholesterol levels, the study authors note...”
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High/Increased Fat Diet a treatment
“ related problems, what is a good middle ground for fat intake?  A common recommendation is that an average person obtains 30% of total daily calories from fat, or 20-25% they have elevated cholesterol levels.  For most people who exercise regularly, 20-25% is reasonable and would translate to 45-70gm of fat for active people consuming 2,000 to 2,500 calories daily...”

High/Increased Protein Diet a treatment
“...Conventional corn fed beef, on the other hand, is a protein source containing high amounts of saturated fat, which can contribute to the development of elevated cholesterol and, over time, coronary artery disease...”

High-Density Lipoprotein

...related topic
“Also known as "good" cholesterol, HDLs are large, dense, protein-fat particles that circulate in the blood picking up already used and unused cholesterol and taking them back to the liver as part of a recycling process...”

Hormone Imbalance

...the condition
“...Some of the tests available to females include ... Cholesterol levels...”

Hot Drinks a treatment
“...Black teas, like English breakfast tea and Earl Grey, can help cut the risk of heart disease and reduce cholesterol in the long run...”

Hydrogenated Fats Avoidance a treatment
“...Terms like "vegetable oil" or "cholesterol free" tell you nothing about the amount of trans fat in the food...”

Hydroxycitric Acid a treatment
“...It serves as an appetite suppressant and reduces productions of cholesterol and other lipids...”


...related topic
“Excess cholesterol in the blood.”


...related topic
“Increased cholesterol level: Elevated blood fats, either from heredity, from having so many calories in the diet that they are ending up as liver-synthesized storage fats, from an excessively anabolic...”

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

...the condition
“...In addition, small tears in the artery walls may attract cholesterol, fat and calcium from the blood to form a build-up called a plaque...”
...recommendation Garlic
“One study found that aged garlic extract at 7.2gm per day reduced total and LDL cholesterol, as well as systolic and diastolic blood pressure.”

Hyponatremia (Low Blood Sodium Level)

...the condition
“...Not enough salt can lead to various complications including ... Increased cholesterol (LDL) and Triglycerides...”


...the condition
“...Hypothyroidism can cause ... Significantly increased cholesterol and homocysteine levels: it is implicated in about 10% of patients with high cholesterol levels...”

Inositol a treatment
“...Like choline, inositol helps to move fat out of the liver, and helps prevent serious liver disorders, as well as disorders involving high cholesterol.  Serotonin and acetylcholine, two neurotransmitters, both depend upon inositol, and supplementation can therefore assist in the reduction of depression and panic attacks...”

Inositol Requirement

...the condition
“...It may also be of benefit in reducing blood cholesterol levels.  Taking of long-term antibiotics may increase your need for inositol, as well as if you consume a lot of coffee...”

Intermittent Claudication

...the condition
“...Others include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus and a family history of atherosclerosis...”

Intestinal Malabsorption Syndrome

...the condition
“...Decreased serum levels of total protein, albumin, y-globulin, iron, folate, vitamin B12, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and cholesterol result from impaired intestinal absorption...”

IP6 - Inositol Hexaphosphate a treatment
“...has shown that IP6 can help prevent kidney stone formation, complications of diabetes (i.e. cataracts, renal damage), lung fibrosis, fatty liver disease, sickle cell anemia, heart disease, high cholesterol and high triglycerides...”

Kombucha Tea a treatment
“...Some of the most enthusiastic responses have come from people with difficult long-term illnesses such as arthritis, digestive disorders, high blood pressure, poor circulation, high cholesterol or cancer, and from older people, many of whom conventional doctors have had difficulty helping...”

Lack of Sleep

...the condition
“...a chronic lack of sleep, which in turn produces hormones and chemicals in the body that increase the risk of developing heart disease, strokes and other conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity...”

L-Arginine a treatment
“...L-Arginine prevents the build-up of cholesterol plaque and clots within all of our blood vessels...”

LDL/HDL Ratio, High

...the condition
“HDL and LDL are two different types of cholesterol that are measured as an index of a patient's risk for cardiovascular disease...”
...our question about Low-carbohydrate dieting
“The May 2004 Annals of Internal Medicine study showed that a third of Atkins Dieters suffered a significant increase in LDL cholesterol.  One person's LDL shot from an unhealthy 184 to a positively frightening 283 (which means their total cholesterol was probably somewhere over 350)...”
...relationship to Atherosclerosis
“LDL is the cholesterol type most commonly thought of as a strong risk factor for atherosclerosis and heart disease...”
...relationship to Gallbladder Disease
“Gallstone formation does not correlate with blood cholesterol levels, but persons with low HDL cholesterol (the so-called good cholesterol) levels or high triglyceride levels are at increased risk.”
...relationship to Manganese Requirement
“Manganese can help lower high triglyceride and cholesterol levels, with a particular effect on stabilizing LDL and decreasing its potential to form fatty plaques in the arteries.”
...recommendation Policosanol/Octacosanol
“Policosanol can lower LDL cholesterol as much as 20% and raise protective HDL cholesterol by 10%.”
...recommendation Melatonin
“Melatonin helps to decrease total cholesterol and "bad" LDL cholesterol levels.”
...recommendation Bladderwrack
“Alginic acid (a component of bladderwrack) may help lower LDL cholesterol levels, according to animal studies...”
...recommendation Digestive Enzymes
“Researchers found in 1997 that lipase can help to control LDL cholesterol and is helpful in stubborn cases of high triglycerides...”

Lecithin / Choline a treatment
“...Lecithin helps to regulate fat and cholesterol metabolism and is beneficial in atherosclerosis, hypertension and diabetes...”

Lipase a treatment
“...A deficiency of lipase in the body may lead to high cholesterol, difficulty in losing weight, a tendency to diabetes, high urine sugar levels – which some believe could lead to arthritis, bladder problems, gall stones, hay fever, prostate problems...”


...related topic
“Molecules composed of lipids and proteins that carry fats and cholesterol through the bloodstream.”

Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement

...the condition
“...Bile creation enhancement (cholerectics) often lowers cholesterol Dandelion; Artichoke leaf extract (cynara which becomes caffeic acid in stomach); Curcumin; Bile movement enhancement (cholagogues) Dandelion (enhances flow and improves bile duct...”

L-Lysine a treatment
“...Researchers are exploring the value of lysine supplementation and the consumption of lysine-rich foods for lowering cholesterol, improving athletic performance, and enhancing recovery after surgery...”

Low Pregnenolone Level

...the condition
“...Estrogen-deficient women often are low in pregnenolone, an essential hormone (derived from cholesterol) which is a precursor to progesterone...”

Low Total Cholesterol

...the condition
“Doctors have long warned about the health hazards of high cholesterol but a growing body of evidence indicates that very low cholesterol can be dangerous too...”
...relationship to Estrogens Low
“Pregnenolone is made from cholesterol in the body...”
...relationship to Stroke
“Researchers have found that as cholesterol levels drop, the risk of hemorrhagic stroke (accounting for 20% of strokes) increased significantly...”
...relationship to Low DHEA Level
“Pregnenolone is made from cholesterol in the body...”
...relationship to Low Pregnenolone Level
“Pregnenolone is made in the body from cholesterol.”
...relationship to Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance
Cholesterol is the raw material used to make progesterone, and is therefore a precursor.”
...recommendation Test for Hormones
“A chronically low serum cholesterol level can be an unsuspected problem...”

Low-Density Lipoprotein

...related topic
“Also known as "bad" cholesterol, LDLs are large, dense, protein-fat particles composed of a moderate proportion of protein and a high proportion of cholesterol...”

Lycopene a treatment
“...People with high cholesterol have been found to have high levels of free radicals and low levels of lycopene and beta carotene...”

Manganese a treatment
“...Manganese is necessary for bone growth, reproduction, skin, ligament formation, blood clotting, wound healing, peak brain function and the proper metabolism of cholesterol, sugars and insulin...”
...related topic
“...It is involved in the metabolism of fats and glucose, the production of cholesterol and it allows the body to use thiamine and Vitamin E...”

Manganese Requirement

...the condition
“...Manganese deficiency had been linked to infertility, bone malformation, weakness, seizures, atherosclerosis, confusion, convulsions, eye problems, hearing problems, heart disorders, high cholesterol levels, hypertension, irritability, memory loss, muscle contractions, pancreatic damage, profuse perspiration, rapid pulse, tooth-grinding, tremors, fatigue, and osteoporosis...”

Menopausal Issues

...recommendation Soy Isoflavones
“...Total cholesterol and low-density lipoproteins were reduced also in the soy isoflavone group compared to placebo...”

Mesenteric Ischemia

...the condition
“...It is often seen in those with hardening of the arteries; it is more common in smokers and in people with high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol levels.  Chronic disease is a risk factor for acute disease...”

Multiple Vitamin Need

...our question about Low-carbohydrate dieting
“...Individuals who follow these diets are therefore at risk for compromised vitamin and mineral intake... Diets such as Atkins' maximize the consumption of disease-promoting substances like the cholesterol and saturated fat, and industrial pollutants and carcinogens in meat, yet restrict one's intake of fiber and the literally thousands of antioxidants and phytochemicals found exclusively in...”

NADH a treatment
“...Total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol were significantly reduced in the NADH group...”

Natural Progesterone a treatment
“Natural progesterone, a cholesterol derivative, is made from wild Mexican yams or soybeans whose active ingredients are an exact molecular match of the body's own progesterone...”

Need For Routine Preventative Health Measures

...the condition
“...Important preventable risk factors can be identified through monitoring various blood components such as albumin, alkaline phosphatase, bilirubin/total, blood urea nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus, cholesterol, coronary risk factor, creatinine, GGT/LDH, globulin and glucose...”
...our question about Your total cholesterol level
“If you don't know your cholesterol levels, or haven't had them checked within the past five years, you should consider this simple test.”
...recommendation Cholesterol Level Check
“If you don't know your cholesterol levels, or haven't had them checked within the past five years, this is highly recommended.”

Nephrotic Syndrome

...the condition
“...Blood tests will also reveal a high level of cholesterol.  In order to diagnose one of the kidney disorders which cause nephrotic syndrome, a small sample of the kidney (biopsy) will need to be removed for examination...”

Nutritional Yeast a treatment
“...Brewer's yeast has been used in connection with Diabetes, High cholesterol, Diarrhea (infectious)...”

Olive Leaf Extract a treatment
“...More recent studies of oleuropein show that it seems to protect low density lipoprotein from oxidation, thus reducing the LDL (the bad cholesterol).  Another research study in France remarks that Olea europaea leaf extracts show extremely high antioxidative qualities...”

Onion a treatment
“...Among the more well known medicinal uses of onion are antihypercholesterolemia (lowering high cholesterol), hypoglycemic (lowering blood sugar) and as an antifungal...”

Ovarian Cancer

...recommendation Fried Foods Avoidance
“...Consumption of fried eggs showed the strongest association with fatal ovarian cancer, perhaps due to interference with cholesterol biosynthesis and consequently the manufacture of ovarian hormones from the production of cytotoxic oxidation products of cholesterol...”
...recommendation Animal/Saturated Fats Avoidance
“...Cholesterol from eggs was related to increased risk...”


...the condition
“...Many people today are taking a combination of drugs that can be risky to mix – from blood thinners and cholesterol pills to aspirin...”

Pantethine a treatment
“...Because of this activity, pantethine has been shown in clinical trials to reduce serum cholesterol and triglycerides...”

Peripheral Vascular Disease

...the condition
“...Risk factors for peripheral vascular disease are similar to those for atherosclerosis and include ... High LDL ("bad") cholesterol...”

Peyronie's Disease

...the condition
“...Men most likely to suffer Peyronie's disease often have high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol and uric acid levels, which weaken blood vessel walls...”

Policosanol/Octacosanol a treatment
“Policosanol normalizes cholesterol levels as well as or better than drugs, without any of their side-effects...”

Poor Circulation

...the condition
“...The root causes are the same as for heart disease: Excess levels of fatty substances, including cholesterol, circulate in the bloodstream...”

Postmenopausal Issues

...relationship to Coronary Disease / Heart Attack
“...Examples include changes in blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and a more sedentary lifestyle.”

Pregnenolone a treatment
“Pregnenolone is a natural hormone, made by the body from cholesterol.  Pregnenolone is the basic precursor – or starting raw material – for the production of ALL the human steroid hormones, including DHEA, progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, cortisol and...”

Probiotics a treatment
“...Reduce cholesterol levels when high...”

Problems Associated With A Sedentary Lifestyle

...the condition
“...Potential adverse consequences of a sedentary lifestyle include ... increased LDL ('bad') cholesterol levels and risk of cardiovascular disease...”
...relationship to Syndrome X / Metabolic Syndrome
“Many components of metabolic syndrome are associated with a sedentary lifestyle, including increased adipose tissue, reduced HDL cholesterol, and a trend toward increased triglycerides, blood pressure, and glucose in the genetically susceptible...”

Problems Associated With Lack Of Exercise

...relationship to Coronary Disease / Heart Attack
“Because it increases the risk for coronary artery disease by almost two times, a lack of exercise is nearly as dangerous to the heart as smoking, abnormal cholesterol levels, or hypertension...”

Problems Caused By Being Overweight

...the condition
“...Physical signs and risks of being overweight Hypertension, coronary heart disease, predisposition to diabetes, hyperlipidemia (increased cholesterol level), metabolic abnormalities, increased risk for gallbladder disease, gout, some types of cancer, and development of osteoarthritis of the weight-bearing joints...”
...relationship to Syndrome X / Metabolic Syndrome
“...Reduced HDL cholesterol: < 40 mg/dL (1.03 mmol/L) in males, < 50 mg/dL (1.29 mmol/L) in females, or specific treatment for this lipid abnormality; Raised blood pressure: systolic BP > 130 or diastolic BP > 85, or...”
...relationship to Gallbladder Disease
“...This may be a result of lower levels of bile salts relative to cholesterol in the bile causing a higher risk for cholesterol supersaturation and the formation of stones.”
...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“...Plasma cholesterol and blood pressure in vegetarians...”


...related topic
“...It is a steroid (similar to a cholesterol), enters receptive cells to stimulate their growth, and acts as an anabolic agent...”

Protein Deficiency

...the condition
“...Nausea; Constipation and gas (protein deficiency can negatively affect enzyme production, muscle contractions in the GI tract, and digestion in general); Diarrhea; Reduced blood pressure; High cholesterol and triglycerides (due to the liver processing fats less efficiently); Growth problems in children; Edema (fluid retention); Irregular menstrual cycle (a low-protein, high-carb diet...”

Psyllium a treatment
“...Psyllium has been shown to bind to bile acids, an activity that can lower fat intake and serum cholesterol concentration...”

S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe) a treatment
“...As a methyl donor, SAMe reduces homocysteine which is probably even more important in producing hardening of the arteries, than even cholesterol.  Various human studies have demonstrated that SAMe is effective in treating affective disorders, such as depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)...”

Saturated Fat

...related topic
“A type of unhealthy fat that is readily converted to LDL cholesterol and is thought to encourage production of arterial disease...”

Shiitake Mushrooms a treatment
“...Working for years with human subjects, he discovered that shiitake is effective in treating a long list of ailments including high cholesterol, gallstones, hyperacidity, stomach ulcers, diabetes, vitamin deficiency, anemia, and even the common cold...”

Silymarin / Milk Thistle a treatment
“...It thus lowers cholesterol.  It has been shown in studies to be effective in treating arteriosclerosis...”

Soy Isoflavones a treatment
“...Soy isoflavones have antioxidant properties which protect the cardiovascular system from oxidation of LDL (the bad) cholesterol.  Oxidized LDL cholesterol accumulates in the arteries as patches of fatty buildup which blocks the flow of blood, resulting in atherosclerosis...”


...related topic
“A class of drugs that lower cholesterol.”

Stomach Cancer

...our question about Vegetarian, vegan or raw-food diet
“An October, 2001 study by Yale School of Medicine researchers has found that a diet high in cholesterol, animal protein and vitamin B12 is linked to increased risk of a specific type of esophageal and stomach cancer, known as adenocarcinoma of the esophagus and gastric cardia, cases of which...”
...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“An October, 2001 study by Yale School of Medicine researchers found that a diet high in cholesterol, animal protein and vitamin B12 is linked to increased risk of a specific type of esophageal and stomach cancer, known as adenocarcinoma of the esophagus and gastric cardia, that has been...”


...relationship to Atherosclerosis
“...atherosclerosis, the evidence clearly points to cardiovascular reactivity to stress as an atherosclerotic risk factor of the same magnitude as smoking, hypertension, insulin resistance, and elevated cholesterol levels.  The hypothesis is that "Frequent and prolonged periods of elevated blood pressure during mental stress may promote mechanical injury to the endothelial lining or cause release of...”


...the condition
“...Risk factors for stroke include ... Diets high in alcohol, cholesterol, fat and sodium consumption...”

Supplemental Fiber a treatment
“...Dietary fiber is important to human health and nutrition because of its role in regulating glucose and cholesterol absorption, detoxification/elimination, and promoting healthy bowel function by serving as a pre-biotic...”

Syndrome X / Metabolic Syndrome

...the condition
“...X refers specifically to a group of health problems that can include insulin resistance (the inability to properly deal with dietary carbohydrates and sugars), abnormal blood fats (such as elevated cholesterol and triglycerides), overweight, and high blood pressure...”
...relationship to Elevated Insulin Levels
“Syndrome X (Metabolic Syndrome) is the variable combination of obesity (usually central in distribution), insulin resistance with elevated insulin levels, high blood cholesterol and hypertension...”
...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
“...It also helps maintain normal insulin function and may decrease bad cholesterol levels.”
...recommendation High/Increased Fiber Diet
“Any fiber choice is useful for Syndrome X sufferers, but psyllium, pectin or guar gum would offer the additional benefit of lowering cholesterol.  The amount of pectin in approximately two servings of pectin rich fruit such as pears, apples, grapefruit, and oranges is 15 grams...”


...related topic
“...Taurine's role in bile formation is important for fat metabolism and blood cholesterol control.”

Tendency Toward Postpartum Depression

...the condition
“...In studying 20 healthy primiparous women (women bearing their first child) without significant health or psychiatric problems, a significant connection between reduced serum cholesterol levels and depressive symptoms postpartum was found...”

Test Antioxidant Status a treatment
“...Membrane proteins, membrane lipids and cholesterol can be damaged due to an insufficiency of antioxidants to deal with the level of oxidative stress...”

Test for Cardiac Risk Factors a treatment
“If you are at increased or uncertain cardiovascular risk, there are many additional tests beyond the basic cholesterol levels and stress EKGs that can predict the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke...”

The Effects Of Overtraining

...relationship to Coronary Disease / Heart Attack
“...Free radicals bind with cholesterol to create plaque buildup in the arteries which increases risk of developing heart disease.”

Thyroid Medications a treatment
“...Also, it will lower the cholesterol and triglycerides in most individuals...”


...the condition
“...Besides loud noises, other causes include severe head trauma, sinus and respiratory infections, ear infections, wax build-up, high blood cholesterol, TMJ problems, food allergies, certain types of tumors and a long list of other conditions...”

TMG (Trimethylglycine) a treatment
“...Cardiovascular: Reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels, helps eliminate hypoxia, improves coronary circulation, decreases angina pain...”

Tryptophan / 5HTP a treatment
“...Since it is the precursor of niacin, tryptophan supplementation may help to lower cholesterol and blood fat levels...”

Turmeric Extract, Curcumin a treatment
“...Like cynara extracts, curcumin has also been shown to lower cholesterol levels.  Curcumin's documented choleretic effects support its historical use in the treatment of liver and gallbladder disorders.”

Ultraviolet Light Therapy a treatment
“...UVB therapy is used to ... increase metabolism of cholesterol, uric acid, and glucose...”


...related topic
“...A vanadium deficiency can increase blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.”

Vascular Dementia

...the condition
“...Various conditions can cause or worsen damage to the blood supply to the brain, for example stroke, high blood pressure, heart problems, high cholesterol and diabetes...”

Vitamin A a treatment
“...It helps reduce blood cholesterol, and is essential for the normal structure and function of epithelial cells which protect the body from all kinds of environmental contamination...”

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine) a treatment
“Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) is an oxygen carrier; it decreases blood cholesterol; it metabolizes fat...”

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) a treatment
“...It is an antioxidant nutrient that helps the body inhibit the formation of damaging free radicals; it lowers blood levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides...”

Vitamin B3 Requirement

...the condition
“...It aids in the functioning of the nervous system; in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, and also lowers cholesterol.  Vitamin B3 (niacin) is used commonly to refer to two different compounds, nicotinic acid and niacinamide...”

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) a treatment
“...CoA plays a major role in the metabolism of fatty acids, cholesterol, amino acids, vitamins A and D, steroid hormones and much more...”

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) a treatment
“...B6 deficiency can weaken the heart muscle and raise serum cholesterol levels.  Pyridoxine HCl is the molecule most often correlated with vitamin B6...”

Vitamin B-Complex Requirement

...the condition
“...Vitamin B3 aids in the functioning of the nervous system; in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, and also lowers cholesterol.  It is helpful against schizophrenia and other mental illnesses, and is also a memory enhancer...”

Vitamin CoQ10 Need

...the condition
“...HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (all the "statin" drugs) that are used to treat elevated blood cholesterol levels by blocking cholesterol synthesis also block CoQ10 synthesis...”
...our question about Cholesterol-lowering drug use
“HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors ("statin" drugs) used to treat elevated blood cholesterol levels by blocking cholesterol synthesis also block CoQ10 synthesis...”

Vitamin D Requirement

...the condition
“...To make vitamin D, cholesterol is necessary...”

Vitamin E a treatment
“...It prevents the buildup of LDL cholesterol in the arterial wall...”

Weight Loss a treatment
“...Regular workouts are advantageous to increasing high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and lean body mass, and diminishing rapid weight gain...”

Zinc a treatment
“...Its functions are varied and numerous, including synthesis of cholesterol, protein and fats, releasing vitamin A from the liver, assisting the immune system and cell growth, being required for vision, taste perception, prostrate reproductive health and insulin...”
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