Foods To Lower Cholesterol
The number one cause of death in America is Heart Disease. A big contributor to the cardiovascular condition is high cholesterol, and around 105 million adults are reported to have heart threatening levels (hypercholesterolemia).
The good news is that Cholesterol can be managed with a good diet, exercise, and often medication. “Functional Foods” that include plant sterols or stanols are the most efficient choices when eating to control the body’s cholesterol. LDL is known as the “bad” type vs. HDL the “healthy” cholesterol. These plant sterols or stanols trick your Liver and replace the LDL, therefore lowering blood cholesterol levels. Some examples include:
- Olive Oil
- Many types of beans
There are many diets out there for people who are at high risk for heart disease including the Mediterranean Diet. This diet is based mainly on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seafood, herbs, and spices while extremely limiting meats, fatty foods and sweets. Even a glass (that means one) of red wine is said to have positive effects. Heart healthy foods to lower cholesterol include:
- Fatty Fish
The benefits of CoQ10, or ubiquinone, may contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system by preventing the oxidation of LDL. L-Carnitine has also shown to reduce this oxidation and may play a role in decreasing risk of heart attack and stroke. Other ways to keep your heart health in check is to regularly exercise and stay away from cholesterol harming foods such as:
- Egg yolks
- Red meat
- Processed foods (like hot dogs)
- Trans Fats
For more information on ways to prevent Cardiovascular Disease, click on the links below.