October 30, 2006

Foods that lower cholesterol

It’s a known fact that high levels of cholesterol, especially LDL cholesterol in the blood contributes to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries in the heart). Compared to other races, Indians are found to be genetically more predisposed to heart attacks. Hence all health conscious people should try and maintain normal cholesterol levels to prevent the risk of heart attacks. Not all cholesterol is bad. Normally LDL (Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol) cholesterol is referred to as bad cholesterol and HDL (High-density lipoprotein cholesterol) as good cholesterol.

These are some foods which help reduce cholesterol:
Barley and Oats, beans and citrus fruits-Their fiber flushes out cholesterol
Oat bran lowers LDL, rather quickly and it also raises HDL. Oranges and other citrus fruits have been shown in numerous animal and human studies to lower blood cholesterol.
Onion and garlic- Bulbs of protection
Onions have been found to dramatically raise HDL an average of 20-30% in 3 out of 4 heart disease patients. Garlic, another bulb from the same family as onion, also has a cholesterol- slashing effect. 10 cloves of raw garlic daily has been found to lower total cholesterol by 10% on average. Garlic juice(1/8 cup) causes a 30% drop in total cholesterol.
Wine and beer- Drink to your heart’s health
Wise men say that anything in moderation is not bad. This fact is substantiated below. A drink or two has been found to boost HDL However; the health risks of heavier drinks far outweigh the potential benefits for the heart.

See also: Foody tips/ Weight reduction diet tips/ Fatty facts

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  1. Thanks for your contribution to the Healthy & Fit Family carnival

  2. Jatin4:10 PM


  3. Anonymous4:14 PM

    Oatmeal and oat bran-Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the "bad" cholesterol. Soluble fiber is also found in such foods as kidney beans, apples, pears, psyllium, barley and prunes. walnuts can significantly reduce blood cholesterol. Rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, walnuts also help keep blood vessels healthy and elastic. Almonds and some other nuts appear to have a similar effect

  4. unknown4:16 PM

    drinking concentrated pomegranate juice may reduce cholesterol.

  5. Anonymous9:26 AM

    An important part of your detoxification diet should be water, healing foods, vegetable juices, fats that heal, and unrefined sea salt.
    Eat primarily foods that contain live enzymes, "life force" and nutrients. "Foods" that lack these elements cause the body to become acid, produce mucous, and congest the intestinal tract. Over time, if you keep eating a poor diet, this congestion builds up, layer after layer, eventually forming a hardened layer of plaque in the intestin. This substance is known as "mucoid fecal plaque" and is believed to contribute towards a majority of the obstacles to optimal health.
    A good detoxification diet will make your body ALKALINE. The acid/alkaline balance of your body needs to be managed. Most people today have an over acid body, primarily from a diet of acid-forming foods and stress.

  6. Vidyadhar5:55 PM

    lemongrass -The tea has been used for everything from lowering cholesterol to soothing digestive problems. Externally, the oil can be used to treat athlete's foot or acne.

  7. vinegar Controls Your Cholesterol,Controls Your Diabetes,and Reduce the Risk of Infection.

  8. Ranjan9:50 AM

    Cutting out the Saturated fats and increasing exercise are good ways to help.

  9. Neminath9:51 AM

    try this Aloe Vera drink from Forever Living and told them to drink it for at least 2 month.....AMAZING!!! This plant truly is a miracle plant!

  10. Hemanth9:59 AM

    Watch out for cholesterol laden food read, food labels. also STOP trans-fats, they are the worst. if it says partially hydrogenated on the label don't eat it. I agree with every thing the other person wrote eat healthy high fiber foods.

  11. Dr.Arvind10:02 AM

    Lower sugar intake
    Eat whole grains
    Have oatmeal or oat bran cereal
    Switch cooking with butter to cooking with olive oil
    Eat plenty of garlic
    Switch to eating more fish
    Avoid any fried foods.
    Buy leaner cuts of meats (skinless chicken, tenderloin, etc...)

  12. Chandran8:35 AM

    Papayas are also a good source of fiber, which has been shown to lower high cholesterol levels.

  13. Govinda8:36 AM

    The ripe papaya fruit is easily digestible and prevents constipation.

  14. Elizabeth2:59 PM

    Tamarind lowers cholesterol

  15. Garlic helps reduce the levels of fat in the liver, whose main functions include detoxification and the production of biochemicals necessary for digestion — major aspects of the prevention of bloating

  16. Bharat11:30 AM

    very interesting and good for every person.

  17. i am suffering from LH chest pain&my Bp is high,after examin the blood colostrol level is high count is 7.50
    please suggest me.

  18. Pallavi11:32 AM

    nice advice and it will useful for housewives

  19. iam a pure vegetarian,me and my husband both has little bit of high colostrol,we are doing the walking regularly by 45minutes.we need a diet plan without egg and nonveg.we are roti lovers,and we would like to know the easy diet plan to loose the weight and colostrol too.


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