14 Foods that Lower Cholesterol

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This post is informational only and does not replace medical advice – Please consult with your own health professional

 

 

What is Cholesterol?

Many people are told by their doctor the have high cholesterol, or Triglycerides but aren’t really sure what that means

Not all Cholesterol is created equal

There is Good Cholesterol (HDL) and Bad Cholesterol (LDL)

HDL stands for High-density lipoproteins, while LDL is an abbreviation for low-density lipoprotein

LDL, the Bad Cholesterol is when plaque builds up in your arteries and makes it hard for blood to get to your heart.  You want to lower the “bad”  LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides (fats), which your body stores in fat cells and increase the “Good” HDL cholesterol

HDL on the other hand, the Good cholesterol,  gets rid of the excess fatty cholesterol in your blood via your liver where it’s broken down and removed from your body

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that’s found in all of your cells.  It attaches itself to proteins that travel through your bloodstream

When arteries become blocked, it is often caused by a build up of excess plaque that clings to the walls of the arteries and narrows the artery, restricting blood flow, this is when blood clots form and can lead to stroke, heart attacks or death

Medication:

Most of us have seen ads on tv for Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor, these drugs are in a class called statins, their main function is to lower the bad cholesterol

 

Smoking:

Smoking greatly reduces your “Good” HDL cholesterol and narrows your arteries

 

Exercise:

Increasing physical activity can lower your triglycerides while increasing your HDL levels, and you may also lose some weight which is good for your overall health if you are tipping toward obesity

 

DIET

DIET can play a big part in good and bad cholesterol

Fried, fatty foods, cakes, cookies greatly increase the BAD cholesterol due to their high saturated trans fat content, the elimination of these alone, can drastically reduce your bad cholesterol

You can easily reverse the bad cholesterol and increase your good cholesterol with simple diet modifications

 

Foods that lower “bad”Cholesterol:

You should include more of these in your diet

Fruits & Vegetables:

  • orange juice
  • apples
  • berries
  • avocado
  • Brussel sprout

Beverages:

  • green tea
  • red wine

Omega 3:

  • Salmon
  • Fish
  • Mackerel
  • Tuna
  • Sardines
  • Olive Oil

Nuts & Grains:

  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Brown rice
  • oatmeal

 

These foods have been proven to lower bad cholesterol and help to increase your good cholesterol

Interestingly enough, the majority of these very same foods reduce inflammation in your body as well

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