How to Lower Cholesterol Naturally | Reduce Cholesterol

We recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Esselstyn, M.D. about the topics of lowering cholesterol naturally and how he helps his patients reduce their cholesterol through an all-natural diet.

Talk about the pain points, the problem with SAD, the prescription drugs hesitation

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is an essential element in the human body and it plays an important role.

Produced by the liver.

"I don't want people to think cholesterol is the enemy." Dr. Esselstyn said to me.

LDL Cholesterol

HDL Cholesterol

The problem arises when your high cholesterol indicates problems that lead to heart disease.

What Are the Worst Foods for High Cholesterol?

All animal products. Meat. Dairy. Sugar and simple carbs can play a role in it. 

Does a Vegan Diet Lower Cholesterol?

Dr. Esselstyn treats vegans and vegetarians for both high cholesterol and heart disease all the time. Just because there is no cholesterol on the label, it doesn't mean that certain foods raise it. Wheat, oil, etc.

Does Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease?

He says that the endotheil lining (sp?) and the nitrous oxide in the blood.

How to Reduce Cholesterol Naturally

The solution is that Dr. Esselstyn places his patients on a whoel foods plant-based (no oil) diet. This is where you eliminate.

Some example of WFPB meals.

What is a Whole Foods Plant Based Diet?

Does Genetics Play a Role in High Cholesterol?

To illustrate this point, he spoke of 3 remote civilizations that had high cholesterol and no heart disease. This is a western problem caused by a western diet.

A Natural Way to Lower Triglycerides

On a similar topic, many people with high cholesterol also have high triglycerides.

Can You Get 100% of Your Essential Vitamins and Minerals?

A common concern when people switch to a plant based diet is if they get enough essential vitamins and minerals.

Are Pills and Procedures a Solution

Dr. Esselstyn talks about his work (on the committee) educating general practitioners and cardiolgist about nutrition.  

From my own personal experience, I had high choletserol and triglycerides. The doctor handed me a prescription. He didn't give me nutrition advice.

In his professional opinion, pills and procedures are not the solution. Statin drugs have been around for 30 years yet heart disease is still the largest killer in the united states.

Prevention and Reversal of Heart Disease

From his decades of experience, switching to a whole foods plant-based no oil diet is the solution.

Resource: 

  1. Forks Over Knives
  2. Watch the Interview on YouTube
  3. Dr. Esselstyn's Website
  4. Buy His Book on Amazon

WFPB Cholesterol pack.