FOODS THAT REDUCE CHOLESTEROL IN YOUR BODY


  • There are basically two different types of lipoproteins that carry cholesterol in your body.
  • They are high-density lipoproteins (HDL) and also low-density lipoproteins (LDL).
  • Generally, HDL is also known as good cholesterol as it transports cholesterol from your whole body to your liver where the cholesterol is removed.
  • On the other hand, LDL is usually labeled as bad cholesterol as high levels can clot the arteries.

OATMEAL:

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  • Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber, which is effective in reducing the bad cholesterol levels.
  • This type of dietary fiber can also be found abundantly in foods like barley, prunes, pears and apples.
  • Soluble fiber helps block cholesterol absorption into your blood. According to studies, by taking 5 to 10 grams of soluble fiber daily is sufficient to lower your LDL cholesterol and the total cholesterol in whole.
  •  One and a half cups of oatmeal give you 6 grams of food fiber.

FISH:

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  • Fish is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, especially halibut, herring, lake trout mackerel, salmon and tuna.
  • Therefore, it is an excellent food to help decrease your cholesterol levels and promote a healthy heart.
  •  In order to control your blood pressure and protect yourself from clots in the bloodstream, fish with good amount of Omega-3 fatty acids is a wonderful choice.
  •  For people with heart disease, Omega-3 fatty acids protect them against sudden death due to heart attack.
  • Furthermore, these fatty acids are also capable of increasing HDL cholesterol or good cholesterol in your body.

NUTS:

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  • Nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, pecans and walnuts are brilliant in reducing triglycerides.
  • There are some incredible compounds in them that are transformed into Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) — two types of Omega-3 fatty acids — in your body.
  • According to Food and Drug Administration (FDA), intake of 1 1/2 ounces of various nuts every day helps reduce the risk of developing heart disease.

BLUEBERRIES:

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  • Blueberries contain a compound known as Pterostilbene, which is a natural remedy to cut down LDL cholesterol levels with no unwanted side effects.
  •  Anthocyanins, an antioxidant found substantially in blueberries, are also effective in lowering LDL cholesterol and balance up your overall cholesterol levels.

GREEN TEA:

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  • Scientific studies have found that green tea help lower overall cholesterol and LDL in particular.
  • As reported by Reuters in November 2011, a study in the United States that has over a thousand participants has shown that green tea helps lower bad cholesterol readings, when drunk as beverage or taken in a capsule.
  • However, scientists have found no evidence that green tea helps increase HDL cholesterol or reduce triglycerides.
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