Q. I have had high cholesterol for many years, mostly around 335. I have taken statin drugs to lower it but I didn’t like the side effects.
I read about avocados lowering cholesterol in your column and decided to try it. I love avocados. So for two months I ate an avocado every week.
When I had my blood work done, the doctor even called me at home in the evening to give me the report. He was amazed at how well I am doing.
My cholesterol count is now 215. The doctor says to keep it up.
A. Seven months ago we heard from a reader that eating an avocado every week helped lower his cholesterol from over 200 to 176. We are pleased to learn that this also worked for you.
Research in rats has shown that adding avocado to the diet can improve desirable HDL cholesterol (Archivos de Cardiologia de Mexico, Mar. 2007). There don’t seem to be many studies in humans, but one demonstrated that an avocado-enriched diet could help lower total and LDL cholesterol while it raised HDL cholesterol (Archives of Medical Research, Winter 1996).
Avocados are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids, the same type found in olive oil. You seem to have found a delicious way to control your cholesterol. For other ideas, see our Guide to Cholesterol Control and Heart Health.