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Foods That Lower Cholesterol

By Edited Apr 9, 2014 0 1

If your cholesterol levels are high it's time to start eating foods that lower cholesterol.

High levels of bad cholesterol (LDL's) in your body can lead to serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.

It's time to take action to eat healthier now before something happens.

By adding and subtracting a few things you can start eating foods that lower cholesterol with some simple tweaks to your diet without the need for medication.

list of foods that help to lower cholesterol

Following is a list of foods that help to lower cholesterol naturally:

  1. Garlic: Garlic is a great way to lower cholesterol. Thankfully, for those that do not like the flavor of garlic, there are garlic pills to help in easy to take doses. Adding Garlic to your cooking can help control the liver from producing too much cholesterol.

  1. Whole Grains: Oats and whole grains have been shown in numerous studies to help thin carotid artery walls, therefore leaving less room for plaque build up. Whole grains have also been shown to slow the rate of thickening in the walls of the artery. Look on the label of your foods for Whole Grain or for a package with a healthy heart seal.

  1. Flaxseed Oil: You can purchase flaxseed oil in pill form for an easy to take dose typically anywhere that vitamins are sold. Flaxseed oil has been shown to help lower cholesterol as well as blood pressure. Another form that Flaxseed oil shows up in foods is Omega 3 fatty acids.

  1. Fish: Fish is one of the top foods for lowering cholesterol. A study of two patients suffering from diabetes done at the NorwegianUniversity of Science and Technology over a nine week period saw a huge decline in bad cholesterol when they took fish oil. The reason is that fish and fish oil is high in Omega 3 fatty acids.

  1. Beans: Beans and legumes help to lower cholesterol because the main ingredient is fibre. Fibre has several positive effects on your health and body.

  1. Yogurt: The reason that yogurt helps to lower cholesterol is because it contains a live culture that is known as probiotics like Lactobacillus Acidophilus as well as Lactobacillus Reuteri that keeps your blood from absorbing cholesterol. Do not eat yogurts high in fats and sugars.

It's very important to lower your intake of foods that are high in cholesterol. High cholesterol levels causes build up of plaque, known as atherosclerosis, in the blood vessels which causes your hear to have to work harder in order to pump blood around your body.

If you don't start eating foods that lower cholesterol you're likely to create complications which can lead to a heart attack and possibly death.

Be sure to consult with your physician before beginning any diet program. You may need to have your cholesterol levels checked frequently to make sure you are actually making a difference in case medication is required.

Make sure to pick up some Flaxseed Oil and also check out Cholestene which contains red yeast. There have been a lot of studies being done lately on red yeast and its cholesterol lowering effects.



Sep 19, 2009 8:54pm
I always find it interesting that everyone considers LDLs as bad cholesterol, and HDLs as good cholesterol when both are proteins and not cholesterol. LDL stands for low density lipoprotein, and it ultimately takes cholesterol from your liver and from other places throughout the body into your bloodstream. This is how harmful plaques are created, thanks for the info.
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