Causes of High Cholesterol and Natural Remedies

The root causes of High Cholesterol is said to consist of:

  • Diet that is poor, especially one high in cholesterol, saturated fats and refined carbohydrates
  • Family tendency to high cholesterol
  • Insulin resistance diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Stress
  • Inactivity


You are most likely to have cholesterol that is high and that can lead to heart disease if you have any of these risk factors:


  • Smoking. Cigarette smoking causes damage to the walls of the blood vessels, making them much more likely to accumulate deposits of fat on the walls of the vessels.
  • Obesity. Those that have a BMI or body mass index of 30 or more makes the person at more risk of having raised cholesterol.
  • Diet is poor.  Foods high in cholesterol, such as like dairy products that are full fat and red meat, increase the overall amount of cholesterol.  Eating saturated fat in animal products and trans-fats, found in many commercially baked crackers and cookies also raises the cholesterol level.
  • Little Exercise.  Exercise helps to boost the body’s HDL which is the good cholesterol while lowering the LDL or bad cholesterol.  Getting very little exercise puts a person at a much higher risk of high cholesterol.
  • Hypertension or High Blood Pressure. When pressure is increased on the artery walls it damages the arteries, which may speed the buildup of deposits that are fatty.
  • Diabetes. Sugar or glucose levels that are high add to the level of higher LDL cholesterol and also lowers HDL cholesterol.  High blood sugar or glucose also causes damage to the lining of the walls of the arteries.
  • History of heart disease in family.  If a sibling or a parent develops heart disease before the age of 55, levels of high cholesterol can put other members of that family at a larger than average threat of also developing heart disease.


There are many natural remedies for controlling high cholesterol and seven of them are listed here.


Policosanol is a natural extract from plant waxes.  Studies have shown that policosanol decreases total as well as LDL cholesterol, lipoprotein, and raises the good HDL cholesterol. It is normally recommended that one take 10 to 20 mg each evening.


Red Yeast Rice (Monascus Purpureus) When taken at 1,200 mg 2 times daily. This is an extract that has been proven to decrease cholesterol levels and raise HDL.  This type of product used in successful studies contained 10 to 13.5 mg of monacolins per day. The recommendation is that one needs take, daily, 100 mg of CoQ10 when using monacolins.


Garlic (Allium sativum) – Take up to 500 mg of aged garlic twice daily.  It lowers cholesterol levels and increases HDL cholesterol.


Niacin (inositol hexabniacinate, or IP6) – Take up to 3000 mg daily of this no-flush form.  It lessens cholesterol levels as well asraises HDL cholesterol.


Fish oil – Daily take a dose of a fish oil product that contains 480 mg of EPA and 360 mg of DHA.  Fish oil decreases artery inflammation and lowers triglyceride and cholesterol levels.


Guggul (Commiphora mukul) – Take daily a total of 1500 mg consistent to 5 percent guggulsterone which is equivalent to 75 mg of guggulsterones.  Guggul is an Ayurvedic herb that drops cholesterol levels and raises HDL.


Antioxidant formula – Take a compound of antioxidants or a multivitamin as instructions on the container direct.  Several of these antioxidants prevent the oxidation of cholesterol.


Summary:  This article discusses some of the causes of high cholesterol and some natural remedies that may be used.



Clifford Woods is the Executive Director of Vibrant Life. See more information at and


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