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    Foods That Lower Cholesterol

    Are you on a diet or running after pills to lower your cholesterol levels? We will tell you a better solution for the problem. Even if you have high cholesterol level, you needn’t starve yourself to get it reduced. Everybody knows that ice cream, butter and meats increase cholesterol. Not eating such items is good. However, at times, because of wrong guidance, we stop eating even those food items that are beneficial for us.

    Do you know that there are ample of foods that can offer you a tasty and low-cholesterol diet? Some of the ‘functional foods’ have been proved to influence your cholesterol levels and they are found to be much better and quicker than those tablets, for reducing cholesterol. Here are given some foods that would help your cholesterol level.

    Foods & Diets that Help Lower Cholesterol

    • Have a breakfast rich in fiber like oatmeal, wholegrain muffins, fruit etc. Read the nutrition labels given on the cereal box to select one with five grams or more fiber per serving. Including Oat bran and rice bran in your diet would be effective too.
    • Prefer taking whole grains such as wholegrain breads, muffins, waffles and pancakes.
    • Start eating legumes (beans), in any way, three times a week. You can bring variation by trying bean soup, cold bean salad, sandwiches and black bean dip in snacks.
    • Include soy protein in your diet. You can take soya milk, tofu and textured soy protein too.
    • On a daily basis, have five servings of fruits and vegetables. One could be at breakfast, another at lunch, one in the evening, one before dinner and one at dinner, in the form of a cooked vegetable.
    • Instead of juice, prefer eating whole fruit (including skin). Juice is the fiber-less form of fruit.
    • Incorporate garlic in your food, in whatever form. Both cooked and raw garlic have compounds which help in lowering production of cholesterol by your liver.
    • Raw onion, salmon, olive oil, almonds, walnuts and avocados, are also good to lower cholesterol.
    • Have ample of foods which contain the natural antioxidants - Vitamins C and E, like red and green peppers, cantaloupe, sunflower seeds, strawberries, papaya, peanuts, oranges, grapefruit juice, wheat germ, soybeans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, wheat germ oil and soybean oil.
    • Green leafy vegetables and green salads should make an essential part of your daily menu.
    • If you want to eat non-veg, prefer taking lean meats and chicken (which provide you with Vitamin B6 and B12).


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    Re: Foods That Lower Cholesterol

    Dear Nisha Hameetha, very good tips and suggestions you have given to promote the action of lowering and managing our cholesterol level in our body, thank you

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    Re: Foods That Lower Cholesterol

    Quote Originally Posted by sumitra View Post
    Dear Nisha Hameetha, very good tips and suggestions you have given to promote the action of lowering and managing our cholesterol level in our body, thank you
    Thanks for your compliment and welcome Sumitra mam....



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    Natural Home Remedies for High Cholesterol

    Dear Nisha Hameetha, I would like to mention here some of the Natural Home Remedies for High Cholesterol.

    Garlic. Studies show that garlic may not only reduce LDL but raise HDL and decrease the amount of fat in your blood. Add some fresh garlic regularly to your cooking to keep your heart healthy.

    Almonds. Studies indicate that snacking on almonds regularly for as little as three weeks may decrease LDL by up to ten percent.


    Honey. Add 1 teaspoon honey to 1 cup hot water in the morning, and you may rid your system of excess fat and cholesterol, according to Ayurvedic medicine. Add 1 teaspoon lime juice or 10 drops cider vinegar to give that drink a more powerful cholesterol-fighting punch.


    Oats. In any pure form, oats are a traditional cholesterol buster. Eating only 1/2 cup oatmeal a day, along with a low fat diet, may reduce cholesterol levels by nine percent.


    Rice. The oil that comes from the bran of rice is known to lower cholesterol. And brown rice is particularly high in fiber, which is essential in a cholesterol-lowering diet. One cup provides 11 percent of the daily fiber requirement.


    Soybeans. These beauties may reduce LDL by as much as 20 percent when 25 to 50 grams of soy protein are eaten daily for as short a time as a month. Besides that obvious benefit, soy may fend off a rise in LDL in people with normal levels and also improve the ability of arteries to dilate. This means they expand better to allow the unimpeded passage of fats and other substances that otherwise might cause a blockage.


    Walnuts. A cholesterol-lowering diet that includes walnuts eaten at least four times a week may lower LDL by as much as 16 percent. And studies indicate that those who munch on these nuts regularly cut their risk of death by heart attack in half when compared to non-walnut munchers.


    Alfalfa sprouts. These may improve or normalize cholesterol levels.
    Warning! Sprouts are not clean or washed when you buy them in the store, and they may be a source of E.coli bacteria. Wash thoroughly before you consume or use a veggie-cleaning product available in most grocery stores.


    Apples. Apples are high in pectin, which can lower cholesterol levels.


    Artichokes. This veggie can actually lower cholesterol levels. Early studies pointed to their beneficial cholesterol-busting properties, but recent studies have shown that artichokes may be even more effective than they were first thought to be.


    Beets.
    Full of carotenoids and flavonoids, beets help lower -- and may even prevent -- the formation of LDL, the bad cholesterol.


    Carrots.
    Full of pectin, they're as good as apples in lowering cholesterol levels.


    Olive oil.
    It protects your heart by lowering LDL, raising HDL, and preventing your blood from forming clots.


    Pears. These are high in soluble fiber, which helps regulate cholesterol levels.


    Rhubarb. Yep, this is a cholesterol-buster. Consume it after a meal that's heavy in fats. You can cook it in a double boiler, with a little honey or maple syrup for added sweetness, until done. Add cardamom or vanilla if you like.


    Yogurt. Eating 1 cup plain yogurt with active cultures a day may reduce LDL by four percent or more and total cholesterol by at least three percent. Some scientists believe that eating yogurt regularly may even reduce the overall risk of heart disease by as much as ten percent.


    Turmeric. This may lower blood cholesterol. Added to eggplant, you may reap twice the cholesterol-fighting benefit. Mix 3/4 teaspoon turmeric with 2 tablespoons cooked, mashed eggplant and 1 1/2 tablespoons boiling water. Spread it on whole wheat bread and eat after a meal heavy in fats.

    It's important to watch your diet, exercise, talk to your doctor, and keep our heart-healthy home remedies in mind when you want to lower your high blood cholesterol.

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    Re: Foods That Lower Cholesterol

    Yeah useful sharing Sumitra mam... Thanks...


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    Re: Foods That Lower Cholesterol

    Raw fruits and vegetables are the best for the cholesterol control.
    You should take fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, green tea, coffee, and fish etc. if you want to control your cholesterol level.

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    Re: Foods That Lower Cholesterol

    Quote Originally Posted by Jista456 View Post
    Raw fruits and vegetables are the best for the cholesterol control.
    You should take fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, green tea, coffee, and fish etc. if you want to control your cholesterol level.
    Any comment?

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