Eating CAN cut down your cholesterol level


Cholesterol levels gong off the chart? Constantly looking for ways to reduce your LDL levels without cutting down on your food intake? We may have an answer to your problem. A list of food articles that are known to help you reduce your cholesterol level.

Imagine having wine and chocolate as part of your guilt-free diet. Research proves that eating healthy food can help you reduce the cholesterol level in your blood. The top food products that can help you are.

  • Oats: A bowl of oatmeal for breakfast can do you a world of good. Oats contain a substance called beta glucan which absorbs bad cholesterol. Two servings a day can help reduce your cholesterol levels in as less as six weeks.

  • Salmon: A rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids makes salmon a natural health wonder which helps to keep heart conditions like heart attacks, stroke and especially cholesterol levels under check. Fishes like salmon and sardines can help reduce your cholesterol levels by up to 4%.
  • Nuts: The best and the easiest way to get the required healthy fats in to your body. Mono-unsaturated fats present in nuts are a natural source of fats and not chemically processed, a quality that makes nuts heart healthy and nutritious.

  • Red wine: Here’s a toast, to your heart. A glass of red. The grapes used in manufacturing red wines are known to have important effects on your cholesterol levels. Two glasses of red wine in a week can be extremely beneficial.

  • Tea: A cup of tea does more than just freshen your morning. Tea is known to contain vital anti-oxidants that not only protect your bones, but also help defend against elevated cholesterol levels.

  • Chocolate: There’s something that everyone loves to eat. Chocolates. Studies reveal that a healthy dose of dark chocolate can reduce the damage done to your blood vessels, thanks to their anti-oxidant effects. Research suggests that chocolate can help reduce the occurrence of a cardiovascular event by 21%.

  • Beans: Half a cup of beans added included in any dish that we consume during the day can help reduce your cholesterol levels by up to 8%. Beans are excellent for your heart and supply about one-third of your daily fiber needs.
  • Spinach: Popeye the sailor is not the only who can benefit from eating some spinach. A rich source of iron and with 13 different kinds of flavonoids that keep away cancer, heart diseases and osteoporosis, half a cup of spinach every day can be enough to protect you against cardiac problems.

  • Olive oil: An oil known for its healthy effects to the body. Whether you use it as a salad dressing or a refined oil to fry foods,olive oil contains mono-unsaturated fatty acids which helps lower the LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in your body without affecting the good cholesterol levels. Olive oil can be of different types (extra virgin, virgin, pure and pomace) depending on the stage of its processing.

Now you know, you don’t have to starve or force yourself through one of those testing diets to stay healthy. Just eating the right food in the right quantity can work just as well.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/10-best-foods-to-reduce-cholesterol/articleshow/10541274.cms

 

For more information on diet, health and nutrition, please email Harpinder Gill at harpinder.gill@ahirc.com. You are welcome to email us with any question on any health topic. Please allow 24 hours for an answer, and if your query seems requiring an urgent response, expect to hear from us before that time.

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