Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Cholesterol Levels and Diet

Cholesterol is needed for our body to build cell walls, make hormones and vitamin D, and create bile salts that help you digest fat. However too much of it can be dangerous by causing cholesterol to build up in your arterial walls and leading to heart attack and stroke.
Fortunately high cholesterol level is controllable through intake of healthy foods because healthy foods contain high levels of HDL that help to remove LDL from blood to the liver where it is eliminated.
Study shows that the below foods should be taken daily for lowering cholesterol levels and preventing cardiovascular diseases.

Study shows that eating 2 apples a day will help to drop your cholesterol level by 16%. Apples contain rich flavonoids and pectins which form a gel in the stomach that keeps fats from being absorbed.

2. Cold water fish.
Cold water fish contains omega 3 fatty acids that have the uncanny ability to breakdown in the lining of blood vessels and also serve as a solvent for saturated fat in your diet.

3. Kiwi
This super food kiwi is high in vitamins A, C, and K that help to lower your cholesterol levels. It also offers high quantities of calcium, magnesium, potassium and fiber that are the main vitamins in helping to reduce cholesterol levels. We will discuss more of vitamin supplements and cholesterol in part III of this series.

4. Bean
Including a cup of beans in your diet per day helps to stabilize blood sugars and lower cholesterol.

5. Carrot
Regular consumption of carrots reduces cholesterol levels. It is good to prevent heart related problems. Eating seven ounces of raw carrots a day reduces cholesterol level by 11%

6. Avocado
Avocado contains plenty of high density lipoprotein HDL that helps to remove LDL from your arterial walls. Eating half an avocado everyday will reduce your cholesterol by 10%.

7. Sweet potato
Sweet potato contains 8% dietary fiber which can help you discharge cholesterol from the body. Also study shows that sweet potato has a powerful ability to stop cholesterol from forming.

8. Oat
Oatmeal contains soluble fiber which reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the "bad" cholesterol and the absorption of bad cholesterol in your intestines.

There are many other foods that contain chemicals that can help to lower your cholesterol such as broccoli, orange, and etc. Any food helping to reduce high blood pressure and increase blood circulation also help in reducing cholesterol levels.

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