What Foods Contain Statins

A 2005 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that eating certain foods can lower your cholesterol levels just as well as taking statin drugs. Statins are a class of drugs that lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other coronary artery diseases. A Mediterranean diet has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels because many of the foods contain natural cholesterol lowering properties.

Fast Facts:

  • Foods such as soy protein, tofu, various other soy products, almonds, and cereal fiber, as well as plant sterols, may lower total cholesterol and especially LDL cholesterol, better than statin drugs.
  • Plant sterols/stanols have also been incorporated in low-fat foods including bread and cereals, low-fat milk, and low-fat yogurt.
  • A substance found in sugar cane, called policosanol, has done well in clinical trials, possibly working better than most prescription drugs at lowering cholesterol and also protecting against blood clots.
  • In 2006 the American Heart Association (AHA) recommended the consumption of plant sterols/stanols daily from a wide variety of foods and beverages in order to maintain LDL cholesterol reductions from these products.