When you’ve been told that your cholesterol is “high,” it feels like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Having high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, they’ll warn you, will increase your risk of heart disease… so you’ve GOT to bring those numbers down by taking a statin drug.
Yet, if you’ve been reading my Health eTips for a while now, you’re aware of the scary side effects that can come with those statins – from liver damage to cognitive problems.
Lowering your lipids with those drugs is like going from the frying pan into the fire!
And if you’re looking to live longer and keep even just a shred of your quality of life, that’s the last thing you want.
But you can turn this “no-win” situation into one that’s “win-win” – because I’ve found that there’s a natural way to lower your cholesterol without drugs.
And, according to a new study, it involves the root of a funny-looking Asian plant called konjac.
According to a recent issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, all you’ve got to do is supplement your diet with a water-soluble fiber from the root of this “tuber” plant, which is also sometimes called “elephant yam.” .
The fiber is called glucomannan, and researchers have concluded that eating 3 grams of konjac glucomannan per day can reduce LDL cholesterol by an impressive 10 percent!
That’s excellent news if your LDL has surpassed the so-called healthy “limit” but your lipid panel – and your total cholesterol – aren’t so alarming that they warrant extreme measures.
Statins typically lower your cholesterol by as much as 50 per cent, which is TOO much. Your body needs SOME cholesterol to function properly – even the bad kind!
Folks in Asian countries like China and Japan have been using konjac as a medicinal food for thousands of years. It’s about time that mainstream science catch up to their ancient wisdom!
You can get konjac glucomannan in supplement form, but I think it’s more fun to eat it. Swap your usual bowl of carbo-bomb pasta for some delicious Japanese shirataki noodles made from konjac, which are loaded with glucomannan fiber, typically have ZERO calories, and won’t spike your blood sugar!
You can find them at specialty grocers, health food stores, and online retailers.
Add some garlic to your shirataki noodle dish while you’re at it – because the stinky clove is also a natural cholesterol fighter .
And don’t be shy with the olive oil, either, because studies show that olive oil protects your heart from the damaging effects of cholesterol .
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Meta-Analysis Supports Cholesterol-Lowering Activity of Konjac Glucommanan, nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Meta-analysis-supports-cholesterol-lowering-activity-of-konjac-glucomannan
Lipid Panel with Non-HDL Cholesterol, urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=167&contentid=lipid_panel_nonhdl