When asked the question "How to lower your cholesterol" medical professionals came up with some surprising answers. For years Doctors thought if you reduced your consumption of cholesterol-rich foods, you would subsequently lower your cholesterol levels. Eliminating many of the foods people very much enjoy (like eggs, butter, and pork liver sausage) did little to reduce cholesterol levels. It turns out the cholesterol in foods has very little effect on your overall cholesterol levels. So If a change in diet didn't reduce cholesterol - what would? The real issue was not the cholesterol in the food, but what the food was being cooked in. That was the real culprit. Cooking foods in saturated fats especially when they became over cooked, turned out to be quite bad for you. To lower your cholesterol you need to reduce your consumption of saturated fats (fats obtained from animal products and certain plant oils) and replace those with 'smart' fats. Change from vegetable oil, butter, lard or shortening to canola and olive oil. Cut back on fatty meats and increase your consumption of fish. Fish and fish oil supplements are packed with amazing cholesterol lowering -- DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) omega-3 fatty acids -- the impact they can have on lowering both cholesterol and triglycerides is quite dramatic. There is a great deal of scientific proof of this. Fish oil is considered a perfectly safe supplement to take, but if you are taking any sort of blood thinning medication. Please check with your health care professional before starting on one. Plant sourced omega-3s like soybean, canola, flaxseed, walnuts, and the oils derived from them are good, but not as good for heart health as the DHA omega-3 found in fish and fish oil. Green tea has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels either as the tea its self or as a supplement -- both are effective. A handful of walnuts or almonds per day has been shown to help with modest reductions in cholesterol levels. Suppose you have done everything right and still your cholesterol is too high. Now is the time you might need to look at taking prescribed statins (cholesterol lowering drugs). Unfortunately many of the statins available come with wicked side effects that can in some cases be worse than the problems they are trying to prevent. Is there an answer to how to lower your cholesterol? Yes -- There is an alternative -- safe natural and effective supplements designed specifically as cholesterol busters. Very often these supplements will quickly reduce and minimize your cholesterol problem. All you have to do is try them!