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What are some nonprescription ways to improve cholesterol levels?

Some nonprescription ways to improve cholesterol levels include weight loss (if overweight), regular aerobic exercise and a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Your total cholesterol levels should be below 200. Anything higher should prompt a trip to the doctor’s office. In addition to the treatment she or he recommends, add coconut oil to your meals as a substitute for butter and other unhealthy, saturated fats. In fact, adding just 1 tablespoon to your diet per day will help raise your HDL, or healthy cholesterol levels, to protect your arteries. You can also include red yeast rice supplements as part of your daily routine to help lower cholesterol. They work just like the class of prescription drugs known as statins, blocking the enzyme that produces bad cholesterol. Take 1,200 mg twice daily to get your cholesterol under control.

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