• Friday, April 17, 2009

    Cholesterol lowering foods

    Contrary to what the pharmaceutical companies want you to believe, there are alternatives to cholesterol lowering drugs . . . one is including the following food groups in your daily diet.

    1. Oatmeal

    Oats are rich in beta-glucan, a soluble fiber that acts like a sponge to soak up cholesterol.

    2. Almonds

    Almonds contain two powerful antioxidants – vitamin E and flavonoids – which prevent the oxidation of LDL, a precursor to plaque buildup.

    3. Flaxseeds

    Flaxseeds contain lignan and soluble fiber, which block the production of LDL and increase your body’s ability to get rid of cholesterol.

    The easiest way I have found to include flaxseeds in my diet is include flaxseed oil or ground seeds in my daily smoothie shakes or salad dressing.

    4. Garlic

    Garlic impedes the liver’s ability to make cholesterol . . . and healthy in so many other ways . . . garlic is included in most of my cooking.

    5. Phytosterol-Containing Foods

    Phytosterols are a fat found in plant foods such as fruits, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils. They interfere with cholesterol absorption by blocking it from your intestinal cells.

    6. Apples

    Apples, particularly the skin and outer flesh, are rich in polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that help prevent plaque buildup.

    7. Beans

    Beans contain a special type of soluble fiber that’s fermented in the colon. Healthy bacteria eat the fiber and bean sugars to form short-chain fatty acids, which travel to the liver and impede LDL cholesterol production.

    8. Soy Protein

    Soy protein contains phytoestrogens – compounds that increase the number and effectiveness of LDL cholesterol receptors, improving the liver’s ability to get rid of cholesterol in your bloodstream.

    These products include tofu and soy milk.

    1 comment:

    LLnL said...

    I refuse to consider taking RXs when I can do the work myself without side affects. I have high cholesterol so this post is really important for me. Thank you woman of many hats.

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