Cholesterol Advice

Foods That Help Lower Cholesterol

Certain naturally occurring substances in our diet help to metabolize and reduce the levels of cholesterol in our blood. These substances such as fiber, onega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and niacin can be very easily sourced from the food that we eat.

It is much safer to use these substances than to resort to cholesterol lowering drugs or formulations. Of course foods containing these substances are not in any way meant to replace drugs that help to lower cholesterol. Drugs may be essential in specific circumstances where quicker results are sought or where the patient is genetically prone to high cholesterol. The correct person to make this decision is of course a doctor.

There is no harm in adopting dietary practices that will provide us with high fiber, folate, niacin, vitamins b6 and b12, vitamin C, omega -3 and omega – 6 fatty acids as these help to reduce LDL cholesterol and to increase HDL cholesterol.

Here is a list of foods that help to lower cholesterol:

A. Whole grain cereals such as oats, barley and wheat. Whole grain cereals are a rich source of fiber, folate and vitamin B.

B. Fatty fish, shell fish and nuts like walnuts and peanuts. Fatty fish such as sardines, salmons, tuna and mackerel are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce the LDL cholesterol level and are important for the functioning of the heart.

C Vegetables and fruit. Certain vegetables such as spinach are a powerhouse of anti-oxidants and are a rich source of heart healthy niacin and folate. Foods of this group are full of fiber that helps to reduce the absorption of cholesterol and give you a full feeling that prevents you from overeating.

D. Apples, Garlic, and Onions helps to reduce the level of LDL cholesterol if consumed regularly.