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.
Oats are rich in beta-glucan, a soluble fiber that acts like a sponge to soak up cholesterol.
Almonds contain two powerful antioxidants – vitamin E and flavonoids – which prevent the oxidation of LDL, a precursor to plaque buildup.
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.
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.
Apples, particularly the skin and outer flesh, are rich in polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that help prevent plaque buildup.
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.