Ways To Reduce Cholesterol
(Without Drugs)

This is a true story: My mother’s cholesterol tested high and her doctor tried to put her on a medication. However, my mom is really sensitive to drugs and she found that medication made her joints ache so she refused to take it. Only after my mother refused to take the drug did the doctor tell that she could lower her cholesterol by eating almonds – yes - almonds. My mom started eating approximately 20 almonds a day and within months her cholesterol was within a safe range.

There are many foods that will help take down cholesterol but almonds are one of the best. Here’s why: almonds are high in a plant compound called “stanols”. Stanols have a similar structure to cholesterol. Because they are similar, stanols compete with cholesterol for the absorption sites in the intestines thus blocking the absorption of cholesterol. The more stanols you have in your diet, the less cholesterol you will absorb. Another plant compound called “sterols” does the same thing. Plant sterols and stanols have been clinically proven by more than 80 studies to lower LDL cholesterol (the bad kind).

The National Institute of Health recommends* that a person eat 2000 mgs of plant sterols and stanols daily to reduce cholesterol. To get that much you’d have to eat 6.5 cups of soybeans or 59 oranges or 47.5 cucumbers.** That’s a lot of cucumbers! If you are not up to the task, there are products on the market that can give you all the sterols and stanols you need daily. The Shaklee company has created a product designed to deliver the recommended amount of plant sterols and stanols daily – 2000 mgs. Shaklee’s Cholesterol Reduction Complex is worth it if you want to safely and consistently be certain you are getting the right amount of sterols and stanols every day.

The National Institute of Health* also recommends that you add 5 to 10 grams of soluble fiber everyday. Soluble fiber does not dissolve in water. Therefore it binds and removes cholesterol as it passes through the digestive tract. Foods with high levels of soluble fiber are oats, brown rice, beans, flaxseeds, and pectin found in fruits. Garlic and onions also help lower LDL cholesterol while raising HDL – the good kind.

Of course, if you are going to treat your cholesterol naturally, consistency will be important. Shaklee makes three products that will give you all the fiber you need daily: Shaklee Fiber plan gives you 4 grams of soluble fiber daily and contains pectin for the removal of cholesterol; Shaklee Fiber Plan Tablets promote digestive health and regularity; Shaklee Fiber Advantage bars have 120 calories and 8 grams of fiber.

Another factor in preventing heart disease and minimizing the damage done by cholesterol build-up are antioxidants. Antioxidants protect against free-radicals. Free-radicals easily bind to the molecules in cholesterol thus oxidizing. When cholesterol becomes oxidized it is damaging to the arteries and the heart. Herbs, spices, green tea, and deeply-colored fruits and vegetables have been shown to prevent cholesterol oxidation. You can also supplement, antioxidant supplements are available such as Shaklee’s . . . .

In addition to foods there are a number of vitamins and supplements that have been shown to help reduce LDL cholesterol. Here are a few:

* Fish oil – Fish oil reduces inflammation in the arteries and lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Take a daily dosage of at least 480 mgs of EPA and 360 mgs of DHA. (Best Fish Oil on the market)

* Vitamin C – Vitamin C reduces total cholesterol and LDL levels and acts to prevent cholesterol oxidation. In addition, Vitamin C improves the metabolism of cholesterol into bile salts – a necessary step before cholesterol can be eliminated through the digestive track.

* Vitamin E – Vitamin E prevents LDL oxidation. Take 400 to 800 IUs of a mixed tocopherol blend daily.

* Chromium – Chromium reduces total cholesterol and increases HDL levels. Take 200 to 400 mcgs daily.

* Niacin – Niacin reduces total cholesterol and increases HDL levels. Take 1,500 to 3,000 mgs daily.

* Reishi Mushroom Extract – Reishi mushroom extract reduces cholesterol. Take 800 mgs two to three times daily.

* Garlic Extract – Garlic extract reduces cholesterol and increases HDL levels. Take 300 to 500 mgs of aged garlic twice daily.

* COQ10 – If you are taking red yeast rice or statin drugs to lower your cholesterol then you must also supplement COQ10. Red yeast rice and statin drugs reduce the production of COQ10 in the liver by an average of 40% after three months. To prevent COQ10 depletion supplement 100 mgs daily.

Unfortunately, you still have to cut down on the damaging fats such as saturated fats, hydrogenated fats, and partially hydrogenated fats. Limiting your intake of fried foods is important but so is reading the labels of the food products you buy. Brand-name baked goods and crackers, margarine and even vegetable shortening are often high in partially hydrogenated fats – although public demand has forced many companies to eliminate hydrogenated fats from their recipes.

Commercial foods and packaged foods in general can be shockingly high in fat as well as sodium and sugar. Unfortunately, it isn’t enough to just read the front of a box or can which often has deceptive wording on it. Just because the package says “all-natural” doesn’t mean it’s good for you. And even though a product may claim “no trans-fats” it can still have hydrogenated fat in it thanks to a loophole in labeling laws. You have to read the nutritional content of the label itself. (Bring magnifying glasses with you when you shop). You’ll be amazed and mortified at how many products are high in fats, sugar, salt, and calories. Reading labels is a real eye-opener! It’s also very effective for changing your diet.

Two good fats to add to your diet are olive oil and avocado. Olive oil increases levels of HDL in your system and is great for cooking. Avocado contains monounsaturated and

polyunsaturated fat as well as omega 3, 6, and 9. Eating avocados will increases levels of HDL. They are also loaded with other nutrients such as potassium, B-vitamins, folic acid, niacin and the antioxidants vitamins E, C, and lutein. A thin layer of avocado spread on bread can substitute for butter or mayonnaise. Or use it blended with lemon juice or vinegar for a salad dressing.

Other foods to watch are sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. Each of these stimulates the liver to produce more cholesterol and creates oxidation in the system.

The National Institute of Health suggests the following guidelines:

1) Decrease your intake of saturated fat to less than 7% of total calories.

2) Decrease your dietary cholesterol intake to less than 200 mgs per day.

3) Lose 10 lbs if you are overweight.

4) Add 5-10 gs of soluble fiber to your daily diet.

5) Add 2,000 mgs of plant sterols and stanols to your daily diet.

Also be sure to get enough exercise. Exercise has been shown to lower LDL levels and increase HDL levels and is important for your overall health.

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Packaging Matters . . . . .

Here's Why . . .

     Until I encountered Shaklee cleaning products I never gave packaging much thought. Sure, recycled materials were always a plus in packaging but it never determined the products I bought. The value of concentrating a product had never occurred to me. 

But consider this:

One 16oz. bottle of Shaklee's Basic H2 and 3 reusable spray bottles equal 192 quart bottles of conventional cleaning products. (I did the math myself and checked it again and again.)

Shaklee has estimated that their Basic H2 Window Cleaner alone has eliminated 2.7 billion bottles from waste sites.

Shaklee's 5.5 lb. box of Fresh Laundry Concentrated Powder washes 88 loads of laundry and comes in a cardboard carton. Their dishwasher soap is good for 48 loads of dishes. Their dryer sheets, disinfectant wipes, and water filters are all biodegradable. And these are just a few of Shaklee's environmentally-safe products.

About Shaklee's Environmental Record . . . .

         Shaklee's record on environmental issues for both products, packaging, and business practices is impressive. The EPA has named Shaklee one of the top 20 Green companies in America. Here are just a few of the highlights from Shaklee's long list of environmental accomplishments:

  • The Shaklee Corporation first achieved Climate Neutral Certification in 2000 and was the first company worldwide to totally off-set its carbon emissions.
  •  Shaklee's organic cleaning products from sustainable sources eliminate 88 lbs of greenhouse gas emissions from the environment yearly and 10.2 million lbs of packaging waste. 
  • Shaklee's corporate headquaters has won numerous awards for its design encorporating recycled materials and natural lighting.
  • Shaklee embarked on a campaign to plant more than a million trees worldwide in partnership with Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Wangari Maathai. The campaign reached one million trees in 2009.
  • If you would like to learn more about Shaklee's awards and achievements click here.

Shaklee Milestones And Environmental Acheivements

For 50 years, Shaklee has quietly led the way in environmental stewardship and support of social causes. Founded in 1956, Shaklee is the first company in the world to obtain Climate Neutral certification and totally offset its C02 emissions, resulting in a net zero impact on the environment.
  • 1956
    Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee founded a company based on Living in Harmony with Nature® that is committed to developing products to improve the health of people and the planet.

  • 1960s
    Shaklee introduces Basic-H® Concentrated Organic Cleaner, one of the first nontoxic, biodegradable cleaners.

  • 1970s
    Shaklee introduces one of the first biodegradable laundry detergents without phosphates, nitrates, or borates.

  • 1980s
    • 1985
      Shaklee was selected by the Wild Dolphin Project to provide environmentally-friendly cleaning products for use onboard their research vessel, Stenella. The Wild Dolphin Project is dedicated to studying the habitat of dolphins and Shaklee’s relationship has continued for 21 years.

    • 1986
      Shaklee provided financial support and products for the first recorded, unsupported expedition by dog sled to the North Pole, led by National Geographic award-winning polar explorer, author, and educator Will Steger.

    • 1987
      Shaklee was selected by Jacques Cousteau and the Cousteau Society to provide environmentally friendly cleaning products for use onboard their research vessels, the Calypso and Alcyone.

    • 1989
      Shaklee helped build schools and health clinics and planted more than one million trees in Asia through a partnership with the American Himalayan Foundation, an organization chaired by Sir Edmund Hillary.

    • 1989-90
      Shaklee provided financial and product support for a trans-Antarctica expedition led by Will Steger, which was the first crossing of Antarctica on foot, covering 3,700 miles. Following this expedition, Steger testified before Congress on polar and environmental issues and co-founded the Center for Environmental Education.

  • 1990s
    • 1990
      Shaklee’s nontoxic and biodegradable Basic-H® was chosen as one of the first official Earth Day products.

    • 1991
      Shaklee introduces Basic-D®, one of the first phosphate-free automatic dishwashing detergents.

    • 1992
      Shaklee Cares®, a nonprofit organization, was established and dedicated to providing relief from natural disasters such as tornadoes and hurricanes, whose severity has been compounded by climate change.
    • 1995
      Shaklee provided financial and product support for the third International Arctic Project led by Will Steger. This was the first surface crossing of the 2,500-mile-wide Arctic Ocean. The expedition brought information about environmental issues and changes to the polar landscape to millions of school children worldwide.

    • 1996
      Shaklee environmentally-friendly cleaning products were selected by Ocean Alliance and the Whale Conservation Institute to be used onboard the Odyssey, a research vessel that gathers data on contaminants throughout the world’s oceans. This relationship continues today.

    • 1998
      Shaklee becomes a Charter Partner of the U.S. EPA’s Climate Wise Program, which set aggressive corporate-wide greenhouse gas reduction goals.

  • 2000s
    • 2000
      Shaklee becomes the first company in the world to obtain Climate Neutral™ certification and totally offset its CO2 emissions.

    • 2000
      Shaklee opens its World Headquarters, one of the first green, energy-saving, award-winning buildings designed using sustainable materials, including certified sustainable wood, recycled carpets, and recycled plastics. In 2001, Shaklee received the Savings by Design Energy Efficiency Integration Award by the American Institute of Architects.

    • 2005
      Shaklee becomes a major partner of the Green Belt Movement, founded by Dr. Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

    • 2006
      Dr. Wangari Maathai becomes the Global Ambassador for A Million Trees. A Million Dreams™, a Shaklee environmental campaign that raises awareness of global climate change and initiates efforts to plant trees in North America and Africa.

    • 2006
      Shaklee holds a first-ever carbon neutral conference in San Francisco by offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions from the Company's 50th Anniversary Conference, attended by some 10,000 participants.

    • 2006
      Shaklee is selected as a U.S. EPA Climate Leader, pledging to maintain a net zero impact on climate change and offset 100% of its greenhouse gas emissions through 2009.

    • 2006
      Shaklee is commended by President Bill Clinton for leadership in offsetting carbon emissions by creating renewable energy in Africa and is recognized at the Clinton Global Initiative.

    • 2007
      Shaklee becomes a founding member of the Business Council on Climate Change, an organization of businesses that serves as an inspiration and model of global climate stewardship by implementing effective and economically sound solutions to climate change.

    • 2007
      Shaklee provides financial and product support for polar explorer Will Steger and his GlobalWarming101.com expedition. This brand-new expedition includes an extensive educational outreach campaign to students throughout America to raise
      awareness of the impact of global climate change on five Inuit communities in the Arctic.

    • 2007
      Shaklee is the first consumer products company to offset 100% of C02 emissions through the EPA Climate Leader’s program and use 100% green power.

    • 2007
    • Shaklee is selected by the nation's leading child advocacy group, Healthy Child Healthy World, to be the exclusive partner for a new video titled, "Creating Healthy Environments for Children."
    • 2007
      Shaklee is selected by the producers of THE 11th HOUR, a feature length documentary narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, as a partner due to its exemplary track record for environmental leadership.

    • 2007
      Shaklee partnered with Dr. Jeffrey Sachs and The Earth Institute at Columbia University to facilitate direct emissions reductions through the installation of solar-powered LED lanterns in Malawi. This installation project replaces inefficient and unhealthy kerosene wick lamps and provides an improved and sustainable source of reading and task lighting for villagers in Malawi.

    • 2008
      Shaklee named to the Top 20 Retail Partner list by the EPA Green Power Partnership in recognition of being a top purchaser of green power.

    • 2009 Shaklee is 100% carbon neutral. The greenhouse gas inventories for 2008 covering all Shaklee operations worldwide include US, Canada, Japan, China, Mexico and Taiwan, were reviewed by a third party, Econergy International, in accordance with the World Resources Institute protocol for all six Kyoto-defined greenhouse gases.

    • 2009
      Shaklee is honored with a Clean Air Award by Breathe California in recognition of Shaklee’s leadership in reducing global warming and improving air quality.

    • 2009
      Shaklee is honored with the Business Environmental Award for Sustainability from Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet for environmental stewardship, climate action leadership and social equality.

    • 2010
      Shaklee is honored as an Industry Innovator by Climate Counts for the company’s leadership in taking voluntary action to address climate cha


    Introduced one of the first biodegradable cleaners

    Provided nutritional support to Will Steger for three record-breaking polar expeditions that investigated global warming and melting ice caps

    Shaklee support helped plant more than one million trees in Asia

    Recognized as one of the 10 most environmental companies by Family Circle's Green-Chip Award

    Healthy Home products used in Biosphere 2 project

    Shaklee products used aboard Odyssey, a research vessel that gathers data on contaminants throughout the world's oceans

    The first U.S. company certified as having a net zero impact on global warming

    Awarded the Climate Protection Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Shaklee earned the Environmental Stewardship Award from Social Accountability International

    Supported construction of an energy-efficient wind turbine on Native American reservations

    Converted high-polluting school buses in Los Angeles to those with low emissions

    Supported 2004 Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai's Green Belt Movement

    Shaklee is the first company in the world to offset its carbon emissions, in partnership with an organization began by Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs

    Shaklee is selected by the producers of THE 11th HOUR,
    a feature length documentary narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, as a partner due to its exemplary track record for environmental leadership.
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