Supplements for Cholesterol

Do you have high cholesterol and wonder if there are any natural ways to lower it? In the UK, It’s estimated that more than 2 in 5 people have high cholesterol, with 6.5 million adults taking cholesterol-lowering medications such as statins.

By making dietary changes, improving their lifestyle and using nutritional supplements, many people are able to improve cholesterol levels and reduce their risk of heart disease.

Key Foods for Cholesterol

To support healthy cholesterol levels, eating an anti-inflammatory Mediterranean-style diet may help:

  • Avoid low fat, sugary and processed foods: eat a wholefood, mostly plant-based diet. Choose full fat foods which are lower in sugars and unhealthy sweeteners than low fat versions. sweeteners.
  • Eat a wide diversity of brightly coloured vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds daily: these all contain fibre and plant sterols from the vegetables and fruits which are known to lower cholesterol.
  • Eat oily fish 2-3 times weekly: salmon, mackerel and sardines contain omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation and improve HDL/LDL cholesterol ratios.
  • Eat olives, olive oil, avocado, walnuts and almonds: these are healthy monounsaturated fats which can reduce harmful LDL and increase healthy HDL levels.

Which Supplements Can Support Cholesterol?

The top nutrients to consider when looking for supplements to support healthy cholesterol levels are:

  1. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
  2. Vitamin B12
  3. Niacin
  4. Plant sterols
  5. Red yeast rice

Top Tips on Buying Supplements for Cholesterol

  • CoQ10 is an essential nutrient for energy production. You should always consider supplementing with CoQ10 if you are on statin medications. Statins work by blocking the pathway that produces cholesterol, but also inhibit CoQ10 production.
  • Vegans should always supplement with vitamin B12 as it’s only available in animal-derived foods. Choose a vitamin B12 supplement in a methylated (activated) form, such as methylcobalamin, for optimal absorption.
  • If you are looking for a supplement containing plant sterols, choose one with a daily dose of around at least 800mg plant sterols to maintain normal cholesterol levels.

Nutritional Therapy Support For Cholesterol

Work with a registered Nutritional Therapist for a personalised nutrition and diet plan, tailored to your specific health requirements. For one-to-one support with cholesterol and to book a consultation, head over to our expert page here: