Cholesterol Advice

Foods to Boost HDL, the Good Cholesterol

You might not have fully thought about it all this while but eating the right type of food can also increase the level of HDL, the good cholesterol, in your blood. All you need to do is to eliminate a few things while munching the rest in a usual manner. But most of all, do eat the following:

Nuts: Quite surprisingly this, and other food groups, would be made up of a lot of fats. However, this fat would be either monosaturated fat or polyunsaturated fat. Both of them are good for health. Nuts are an example of the two. They are full of monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats. This type of fat is quite healthy in nature and can help increase the level of HDL-Cholesterol in the blood.

Fish: Fishes are an abundant source of omega-3 fatty acids, another type of healthy fat which helps increase the level of HDL-Cholesterol in the body. Most fishes can be consumed to increase HDL levels in the blood. However, stay away from the real fatty ones.

Olives: Olives are excellent source of monosaturated fats, fats which are easier to breakdown and which, like others, increase the level of HDL Cholesterol in the blood. Olives can be consumed either in the fruit form or in the form of olive oil.

Monosaturated Oils: Oils such as Canola oil are good source of monosaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Hence, they are good for improvement of HDL-Cholesterol levels in the blood.

Foods rich in Vitamin B: Vitamin B has been considered to be highly effective in increasing the level of HDL-Cholesterol in the blood. Though it is easily available in drugstores (without prescription) it is best to have it in the natural form, extracted by our body from Vitamin B rich foods. This would also lay to rest any possibilities of an overdose of Vitamin B, which usually is the case when it is taken in the pill form.

Alcohol: In a way, alcohol can be treated as a food as well, albeit a modified type of food. A 12 ounce serving of beer or 5 ounce of wine, when taken on a regular basis, can help improve the level of HDL-Cholesterol in the blood. However, do not exceed this limit or take it as a way to legitimize alcohol consumption. Drink but do not binge.

Lean Meat: Lean meat can also help you improve the level of HDL Cholesterol in your blood.

Some Foods You Have to Stay Away From

Red Meat: Red meat is considered a harbinger of bad cholesterol. Hence, avoid it at all costs.

Eggs: If you love an omelette or fried eggs, then know that you are inviting trouble. Egg yolk contains a lot of cholesterol, which means trouble in the long run.

Cheese: Cheese is something which you should stay away from as it contains a lot of cholesterol. A higher amount of cholesterol in the blood would result in lowering down of HDL-Cholesterol. Hence, avoid it.