Not to mind Razwell. He's in love with the idea that cholesterol
has NO bearing on heart disease
in a good way or a bad way, regardless of how high you cholesterol is, or whether you are using medicine, lowering it with natural remedies or lowering it with diet and exercise. Don't take his rudeness personally - he was actually relatively pleasant in this case. At least he didn't call you a 'stinky butthole." He most assuredly will vote thumbs down on my answer as he does for nearly all of my answers - and perhaps rant against me with one of his other identies...(sigh).
Despite his rantings, the data do not support his position. Ancedotally, I treat heart attack
patients in the hospital - almost every single patient has VERY elevated cholesterol numbers. If you lower your cholesterol to goal then you will see few events and reduced severity of events - and by events I mean, heart attack, stroke
claudication problems (blockages in arteries in the legs), and major organ stenosis - like the kidney
Now for your question - lycopene
has been show to be a good antioxidant but does not lower cholesterol per se. Fish oils and niacin have been shown to be effective in regard to lowering cholesterol/triglycerides. I hope this helps. Good luck.