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EAT YOUR WAY TO LOWER CHOLESTEROL

EAT YOUR WAY TO LOWER CHOLESTEROL

EAT YOUR WAY TO LOWER CHOLESTEROL

If your doctor has that worried look when explaining your cholesterol numbers, the good news is you may be able to help yourself just by adjusting your diet. Some people still will need prescribed medications, but others may lower their numbers simply by making a few dietary changes. Here are a few foods that may surprise you with their cholesterol-lowering properties:

  • DARK CHOCOLATE: A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that eating dark chocolate (as well as almonds!) improved blood lipid profiles over time. Not only that, but more than one study reveals that dark chocolate can be a mood elevator. You can get healthy and happy at the same time!
  • STRAWBERRIES are already a desired treat by many of us, but the good news is that research shows strawberries, when eaten in good quantity regularly lead to a lower risk of heart disease and high polyphenol counts.  Polyphenols are compounds in our bodies that regulate our cardiovascular system.
  • BAKED POTATOES do great things for our cholesterol counts because they have high levels of potassium. You already knew that about bananas, but it is important to keep your potassium regulated so that you avoid cardiovascular problems, including high blood pressure.
  • APPLES: An apple a day…well, you know the rest. But what you may not know is that the real magic of apples is in the skin. Eating apples frequently has been proven to help lower cholesterol because of compounds found in the apple skins.
  • PEANUT BUTTER: Snackers love peanut butter, and now there is yet another good reason to keep it in your diet. Peanut butter contains compounds that block cholesterol absorption in the body. Combine it with pecans or walnuts and you get a one-two cholesterol-lowering punch.
  • HUMMUS: If hummus is a favorite snack of yours, you are doing yourself a big favor. Hummus, made from chick peas, contains high levels of fiber, and increased fiber intake is a great way to lower your cholesterol.

There are dozens of foods that will help in your cholesterol lowering efforts, including everything from blueberries and raspberries to salmon, pistachios and cherries. Ask your doctor for recommendations and you may be able to lower your cholesterol sooner and more efficiently than you thought possible.

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