Foods That Claim to Lower Cholesterol

Some seeds, extracts, and compounds claim to lower cholesterol, but many should be taken only with a healthy dose of caution.

Many foods and supplements claim to lower cholesterol. But do they really? Sometimes the answer is no, and sometimes the answer is that we don’t know. In some instances, studies that support claims that a food lowers cholesterol are conducted by the very people who are selling the product, or the studies are poorly designed. In other instances, the studies conducted to test whether a food lowers cholesterol are just inconclusive.  

The foods discussed on the following pages are ones that doctors don’t recommend for a variety of reasons. If you are interested in taking a chance that these foods will work for you, talk with your doctor first. And keep a record every time you have your blood cholesterol tested to see if you experience any progress while taking these foods or supplements.


Flaxseed is a plant-based supplement that contains omega-3 fatty acids. Read on to learn the possible benefits of flaxseed on cholesterol levels.  

To find out more information about reducing cholesterol, see:  

  • Foods That Lower Cholesterol: Many foods and supplements are proven to have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels. Learn which foods can help lower your cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. 
  • Can Vitamins Lower Cholesterol?: Can a vitamin regimen really help lower cholesterol? Learn just how effective vitamin therapy can be.  
  • Low Cholesterol Diet: Eating a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet is the best way to reduce your cholesterol. Explore the dietary choices that can help you lower your cholesterol.  
  • How Cholesterol Works: Cholesterol is vital to human life. Learn what cholesterol is, why we need it, and how too much can be deadly.

This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Neither the Editors of Consumer Guide (R), Publications International, Ltd., the author nor publisher take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained in this information. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader must seek the advice of their physician or other health care provider.


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