Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

There are several alternative medicines that may be effective in lowering cholesterol and preventing some types of heart disease, including:

  • Blond psyllium
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Flaxseed
  • Oats and oat bran
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Plant stanols and sterols, such as beta-sitosterol and sitostanol

As with any alternative medicine, talk to your doctor before adding any new supplements to your treatment regimen. Even natural medicines and herbal supplements can interact with medications you're taking.

Jan. 16, 2013