Eating to Lower your Cholesterol

by admin on July 10, 2009

Lowering cholesterol levels has become a nationwide challenge as more people discover that their current levels are too high. A bad diet and a sedentary lifestyle, as well as a hereditary disposition towards high cholesterol can leave your arteries clogged and leave you at risk for heart disease and/or a heart attack.

Many people are turning to medication that is geared towards lowering the bad levels of cholesterol and raising the good. However, if you are not interesting in taking a prescription, there are many foods that can help you control your cholesterol levels and improve your overall health. As always, it is a good idea to check with your doctor before attempting to lower your cholesterol levels on your own.

Oatmeal and Bran

Two of the most popular ways to see immediate results in overall cholesterol drops are oatmeal and rice bran. Oatmeal is probably the most palatable, but rice bran muffins and cereal are convincing more people to give them a whirl. Many people have seen a significant drop to their bad cholesterol levels after eating oatmeal once a day for an entire month. Corn bran is currently being used as well, after results have shown that it is also beneficial.

Other grains, such as barley have also proven to be beneficial. Flaxseeds and flaxseed oils are currently in the news as more studies have proven that they too can reduce your bad cholesterols, and as an extra bonus, they contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which are very powerful in increasing heart health.

Garlic and Onions

Garlic and onions are more than just flavorings. They contain powerful chemicals and molecules that bind fat and flush it from your system. There are many different types of odorless garlic pills, although they don’t work as well, if you are concerned about offending family and friends.

Vegetables

Certain vegetables, such as broccoli, spinach, spirulina (algae), beans, legumes and carrots can also help reduce overall cholesterol levels. It is very easy to add these into your diet, and they contain other helpful benefits as well.

Lowering your cholesterol doesn’t have to be a painful experience. Just try adding the right kinds of foods to your diet, while keeping away from harmful saturated fats and you should be able to see a dramatic drop in your LDL levels as well as your overall cholesterol levels in general. The important thing is to keep trying and staying on top of what you should eat, as well as what you should avoid.

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