9. Bile Acid Sequestrants
Bile acid sequestrants are prescription drugs that lower “bad” LDL cholesterol levels by up to twenty percent. They work by tricking the body into producing extra bile, a digestive juice that aids in fat metabolism. Bile also binds to cholesterol and carries it to the gastrointestinal tract where it can be excreted. Watch out for side effects, which can include constipation, stomach pain, and nausea. Bile acid sequestrants require you to take a lot of them for them to work, which can also have negative consequences.