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When was the last time you had your cholesterol level checked? Too many people have high levels of cholesterol. Are you among those? If your answer is 'yes', then a low cholesterol diet, such as a Mediterranean diet could be good for you. If your cholesterol level is to high, you have two major options to deal with it

1/ Adjusting your life-style.

2/ Taking pills that lower your cholesterol.

If you don't have extremely high cholesterol level which calls for immediate action, you should try adjusting your lifestyle before you even consider to start taking pills.

Unfortunately some of these cholesterol lowering pills have a few disadvantages: Statin drugs like Lipitor and Baycol can cause muscle damage and some doctors have even linked these pills to deaths. This isn't strange at all, when you consider that the heart is a muscle. This is probably the reason some of these drugs have been pulled from the market in some countries. Like all medications the benefits have to be weighed against the risks. If your cholesterol level is too high, I would recommend that you start with adjusting your life style. If this doesn't lower your cholesterol level in a significant way, then you can consider pills to lower your cholesterol level.

What changes might you to make in "adjusting life-style"?

Did you know that oatmeal can help with lowering your cholesterol level? It most certainly can. So you should definitely eat more of this.
Olive oil consists of unsaturated fat and is used a lot in the Mediterranean diet. You could try frying your food in this instead of butter? If you're using this as your main fat source regularly, your cholesterol level should decrease. Stay away from oils that are commercially produced and contain high levels of saturated fats.
A great supplement that can help is cod liver oil. It contains essential Omega 3 fatty acids, which are rare in most weight loss diets. Take it once a day. If you don't like the taste, take it in capsule form. It supplies you with 'good' cholesterol. Other benefits are an improved look and feel of your skin, increased energy, improved memory and even pain relief.

Eat vitamin E and vitamin A daily as they also have proven to lower cholesterol level.
Start trying some moderate exercise. It is sufficient to take a thirty minutes to one hour walk daily. This will also contribute to your cholesterol level lowering.

To summarize: If your cholesterol level is too high, start up eating foods that contain natural substances that have been around for many years and have been tested and tried by generations, instead of starting out with pills that might have health damaging side effects. Add some moderate exercise and you'll be well on your way to a normal cholesterol level. If this doesn't work, then consider medicine. I wish you a good luck!






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