How to reduce bad cholesterol without medications?
Nutritional approaches can significantly lower your cholesterol through effects on the liver, which makes 3 or 4 times more cholesterol than you obtain pre-formed in your food.
The most powerful effect comes from plant sterols, which block cholesterol absorption in the gut - including cholesterol that has trickled down from your liver within the bile. The evidence is so good that the EU has authorised health claims that plant sterol supplements can lower blood cholesterol levels:
1.by 7% to 10% at a daily intake of 1.5g to 2.4g plant sterols per day
2.by 10% to 12% with a daily intake of 2.5g to 3g per day.
Most supplements provide 800mg plant sterols per tablet (so they are easy to swallow) and you need to take 1 tablet, 3 times a day with food for significant cholesterol-lowering effects, which are seen within 2 to 3 weeks.