Shopping List for Dyslipidemia

Below are items which have been demonstrated through scientific or clinical studies to have significant positive effects on dyslipidemia (high cholesterol). These are provided for educational and research purposes only. As always, be mindful of any allergies you may have and consult with your physician before starting any regimen in addition to your prescribed therapy.

  • Red ginseng
  • Red yeast rice
  • Berberine
  • Bergamot
  • Mediterranean diet items (fruits, beans (cannellini, chickpeas, fava, green, kidney and navy), almonds, coucous, lentils, pistachios, quinoa, farro, oats; cinnamon, rosemary, paprika, basil, mint leaves,  olive oil, oregano, thyme, vinegar, tahini; salmon, sardines, tuna, chicken, eggs; reduce the following: beef, goat, and lamb)


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