When it comes to balancing your cholesterol levels, dietary changes have shown to be just as effective as drugs. To help you better understand what foods can help you reduce your cholesterol naturally, Care2 has compiled a list of healthy foods.
Apples: Apples are an excellent source of LDL-lowering soluble fiber. Research shows that eating an apple a day can help lower the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
Beans: Just like apples, beans are rich in fiber, including soluble fiber, which helps lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride (fat) levels in your blood.
Yogurt: Opt for a fat-free or low fat version that contains live active cultures or plant stanols for the best cholesterol-lowering potential.
Garlic: This tasty seasoning is known to help raise HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) while lowering LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).
Cilantro: Research shows that cilantro helps lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, support healthy cardiovascular function, and keeps arteries free of fatty deposits and plaque.
Red Clover: Studies show that red clover can help improve arterial health, reduce the risk for atherosclerosis (hardening or thickening of the arteries), boost circulation, manage high cholesterol, and help prevent coronary disease.
Ginger: Delicious and great on just about anything, ginger not only helps spice up soups, baked goods and other dishes, but also helps reduce cholesterol levels and blood triglycerides.
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