Many of us have been prescribed statins to help lower cholesterol levels, especially after a change in guidelines last year, but up to 20 per cent of people taking them can suffer side effects.
Lowering your cholesterol levels through natural means is a viable alternative if you can't or don't want to take a drug - just follow our top tips below. Make sure to have your cholesterol levels checked regularly by your doctor.
Change your diet
Updating your diet might not drastically change those numbers, but every little helps! Try cutting down the amount of red meat you eat (a maximum of two portions a week) and swapping it for veggie options such as tofu and pulses. When you do eat meat, opt for the leanest cuts.
Exercising for at least 30 minutes on most days can help to reduce cholesterol. In fact, regular, high intensity exercise has shown to increase HDL - the good cholesterol that protects against heart disease. Brisk walking, jogging or even dancing all help to naturally lower cholesterol levels while boosting your immunity, weight and mood.
Try a supplement
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Drink green tea
Some studies have shown that the catechins found in green tea can lower cholesterol levels. Consuming up to five cups of green tea daily is a great substitute for high calorie soft drinks and may help to bring an elevated cholesterol level down.
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