Q. I am one of those people who cannot tolerate statin drugs to lower cholesterol. I have taken lovastatin, pravastatin, simvastatin and Lipitor. They make my muscles ache so I cannot exercise.
I am concerned about cholesterol, however. Can you tell me about foods that are heart healthy?
A. Some people are able to lower cholesterol with diet, emphasizing certain foods. One reader shared his wife’s experience. Her doctor was concerned about her high cholesterol. She read about the benefits of walnuts and began to eat ½ cup daily. Within a few months, her cholesterol was much better. The doctor was baffled until she told him about the walnuts.
We have documented the science supporting the heart-healthy properties of walnuts and many other foods, such as almonds, apple cider vinegar, beets, fish oil and many other dietary methods for controlling cholesterol in our new book, Favorite Foods from The People’s Pharmacy: Mother Nature’s Medicine. It is available online at www.peoplespharmacy.com.