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About Cholesterol Lowering Foods

by Ken Kashubara
  • Overview

    Cholesterol is a fat and can be good or bad to health. Good cholesterol (high-density lipoproteins) assists production of vitamin D, metabolizes carbohydrates and is a component of every cell in the body. High levels of bad cholesterol (low-density lipoproteins) develop from a combination of genetic and social factors (poor diet and lack of exercise). Bad cholesterol leads to arteriosclerosis and heart attacks.
  • Avoid

    Avoid smoking, caffeine, stress and trans fatty acids. A high level of any of these counteracts efforts to lower cholesterol.
 
  • Omega-3s

    Fish oils and organic eggs contain omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol. They also help keep the hair, skin and nails healthy while being beneficial for arthritis sufferers.
  • Grains

    Barley, corn bran, oat bran, whole grains or any other high-fiber food will help lower cholesterol. Replace any sugar-filled junk foods with these.
  • Lentils

    Eat pinto beans, lima beans, navy beans and kidney beans. Beans can be a good source of protein as well as help reduce cholesterol.
  • Expert Insight

    High cholesterol develops from a combination of genetic and social factors (poor diet and lack of exercise). Try to exercise 30 minutes a day.

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