Natural food stuffs for lowering high blood cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy fat-like substance that is found in all cells of the body travelling through the blood stream in small packages called lipo-proteins. Body needs cholesterol to work properly, but too much of cholesterol increase the chance of getting heart diseases, stroke and other problems. Cholesterol is categorized in the following ways : 

  • LDL Cholesterol – Low Density Lipo-protein – Bad Cholesterol – (70-130 mg/dL)
  • HDL Cholesterol – High Density Lipo-protein – Good Cholesterol – (40-60 mg/dL)
  • Total Cholesterol – Combined Cholesterol (200-220 mg/dL)
  • Triglycerides – (10-150 mg/dL)

Causes for High Blood Cholesterol :

  • Unhealthy lifestyle
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Overeating (fried items, fatty foods, vanaspathi…)
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Kidney diseases
  • Pregnancy
  • Other medicines like birth control pills, stress medicines, diuratics beta blockers…
High blood cholesterol is the condition in which you have too much cholesterol in the body, this condition usually shows some symptoms for coronary heart diseases, stroke and peripheral arterial diseases. HDL is the good cholesterol which helps to reduce the risk of heart diseases and stroke whereas LDL causes these.
  • Hyperlipidemia is the presence of abnormal levels of lipids (fats) in the blood.
  • Hypercholesterolemia is the presence of high levels cholesterol in the blood.
  • Hypocholesterolemia is the abnormally of low levels of cholesterol in the blood.

Natural food stuffs for lowering the cholesterol:

  • Garlic : It lowers the LDL and increases HDL. It prevents blood clot in the coronary arteries. It reduces blood pressure. It protects the body against infection.
  • Oats : The key cholesterol burster beta-glucane, a substance in oats that absorbs the LDL in the body and excretes it. It contains fiber.
  • Olive Oil : This common cooking oil improves the HDL as it consists of omega 3,6 unsaturated mono fatty acids.
  • Fish : Lowers the LDL because of the presence o omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Walnuts : Increases the HDL. Taking 2-3 nuts daily keeps us away from heart diseases.
  • Tea : It is an anti-oxidant for cancer cells. It is also great defense against LDL cholesterol.
  • Beans : Cluster Bean, Kidney bean, soya bean, ordinary beans are good in reducing total cholesterol because of its high fiber content.
  • Dark Chocolate : Powerful antioxidants that helps to build HDL cholesterol levels.
  • Spinach : It It contains lot of lutene, which fights against aging and muscular degeneration leading to blindness.
  • Mushrooms and onions too reduce the high blood cholesterol levels.

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