Category Archives: High Cholesterol

What is L-carnitine and which foods have it?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I am confused about L-carnitine. My wife needs to reduce her triglycerides and increase her good cholesterol. What foods have the highest amounts of L-carnitine? A: L-carnitine, or levocarnitine, is a quaternary ammonium compound derived from the amino acid lysine and is responsible for the transport of fatty acids within the…

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Ways to lower levels of triglycerides and cholesterol?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My husband has very high triglycerides (in the 800’s) and cholesterol (in the 300’s). The medications he is given lower them a little. What can he do from the traditional Chinese medical perspective to lower these? A: With the elevated levels of cholesterol in the 300’s, I suggest your husband take…

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Lowering LDL and HDL levels without pills?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have had blood tests that reveal high levels of LDL(134) and low levels of HDL(36). My doctor wants me to take Vytorin and a niacin-based pill. Can you advise me a way to stop taking the drugs? A: I suggest you discuss your concerns with your physician; he has reasons…

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How to lower LDL cholesterol?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, How can I lower my LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol? A: Cholesterol concentrations in the blood are actually a result of body’s attempts to repair cellular or arterial damage. Although it is often considered a disease, in my opinion, it is a symptom of other conditions in the body. High cholesterol is…

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How to fight high cholesterol?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What solutions do you have for fighting high cholesterol? A: Cholesterol concentrations in the blood are actually a result of body’s attempts to repair cellular or arterial damage. Although it is often considered a disease, in my opinion, it is a symptom of other conditions in the body. High cholesterol is…

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