High cholesterol?

I learned today that my cholesterol is slightly elevated (217). The nurse said to exercise and eat well. How much cholesterol is acceptable daily in a diet if you are trying to lower your cholesterol? I know that Cheerios and oatmeal are supposed to help lower it, are there any other foods or tricks that work?


  • Michael P

    Keep your cholesterol intake to fewer than 300 milligrams per day.

    Cholesterol is mainly affected by hereditary factors, weight control, smoking and lack of exercise. And although cholesterol is not primarily affected by the foods we eat, in some cases dietary cholesterol does play a part. See our guide below on how to get a handle on your cholesterol by limiting certain foods and eating more of others.

    A low-fat, low-cholesterol diet is desired to keep your total fat consumption–saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated–to fewer than 30 percent of your daily intake of calories.

  • Sawyer

    Flax Seed Oil and Red Yeast Rice supplements both naturally lower cholesterol. Exercise (even mild) helps raise your good cholesterol.

  • Mr. Peachy®

    In addition to what Sawyer says, there is a supplement called policosanol that is reported to help. A quarter teaspoon of cinnamon a day will help lower both cholesterol and triglycerides.

    BTW, 217 isn’t too much to really worry about. Cholesterol isn’t the big enemy that big pharmaceuticals (like the maker of Lipitor) and doctors make it out to be. Look up ‘homocysteine’ on Bottom Line Secrets’ website sometime for a real surprise.

    A primarily vegetarian diet with some fish or chicken breast (instead of beef), some mild exercise, along with your Cheerios/oatmeal, flaxseed oil, olive oil, cinnamon, and lycopene (from tomatoes), will do wonders. I recommend cycling or walking at least 20 minutes a day with a friend or relative to keep you company.

  • Tim Br

    Eat less animal fat like cheese, eggs and red meat.

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