Let us get to know cholesterol better. Sunlight doesn’t come equipped with Vitamin D. When sunlight makes contact with our body, it is converted into Vitamin D by cholesterol. Cholesterol is also required for constructing and maintaining cells and cell membranes. Where is cholesterol found? The human body naturally produces cholesterol but it is also acquired by eating foods, egg yolks, chicken liver, and fish, in particular, are three of the foods that contain the highest amount of cholesterol.

Having too much of cholesterol is dangerous, because the risks of getting heart attacks are increased. Below is a list of foods safe for human consumption that reduces high cholesterol.

  1. Ginger has properties that decrease cholesterol levels. Through the form of a tea, ginger prevents sore throats and well manages the cholesterol levels.
  2. Plant sterols are a substance that increases the quality of margarines, which lower cholesterol levels. There are various means of taking margarines such as, spreading it on a bagel or toast, or using it in baking and cooking. Cholesterol levels would reduce by 10 percent provided that margarine is taken on a regular basis.
  3. The leaves, berries, and flowers of hawthorn berry cures heart problems (with the exception of heartaches caused by breakups). It also takes care of the entre circulatory system, lowering cholesterol levels at the same time. Take hawthorn berry in the form of powder, tincture or capsule thrice a day.
  4. Let’s have a bit of science: Cynarine is a special compound that increases bile production in the liver. Increased bile production in the liver rapidly eliminates cholesterol from the body, unclogging the arterial walls. Where is Cynarine found? In the leaves of artichoke plant.
  5. Rhubarb has high fiber content that lowers cholesterol levels. Cook rhubarb in a double boiler, sweeten it by adding little honey or maple syrup, and then consume after eating a meal rich in fat. Warning: Do not eat the poisonous leaves of rhubarb.
  6. There is an additive in coffee popularly known as chicory root, which regulates cholesterol and prevents cardiovascular ailments.
  7. Decrease high cholesterol levels by taking licorice root by form of an extract or tea. Warning: Does not apply to people with heart disease, low potassium, erectile dysfunction, nerve problems, kidney disease, pregnant, or high blood pressure.
  8. Drink 3 cups of green tea every day. Green tea is packed with antioxidant compounds that help the blood protect cholesterol levels.
  9. Have beetroot juice to raise healthy cholesterol levels.
  10. Reduce cholesterol levels by 4 percent and lower the risks of heart complications by 10 percent, by consuming a cup of plain yogurt.
  11. Have a small meal of baby spinach
  12. Mix flaxseeds with water to promote a healthy digestive tract and lower cholesterol.
  13. Tomatoes have lycopene that lower cholesterol. Munch raw or sip tomato juice.
  14. Barley comes in the form of noodles or chapattis. Eating it reduces blood cholesterol, normalizes blood sugar levels and triglyceride levels.
  15. For women, drink 5-ounce glasses of red wine. For men, drink two glasses.
  16. Drink fresh grape juice.
  17. Chocolate have flavonoids that prevent blood platelets from sticking together. It also boosts good cholesterol.
  18. Eat steamed broccoli but don’t overcook; otherwise, the important nutrients fade away.
  19. Half cup of mustard greens per day regulates blood pressure and lowers cholesterol levels by 15 percent.
  20. Celery prevents oxidation.
  21. Lower cholesterol levels and keep lungs healthy by eating apple.
  22. Cut down cholesterol by consuming 2 tbsp. of olive oil per day.
  23. Lower unhealthy cholesterol levels by eating avocado.
  24. Regularly eating a cup of beans such as, pinto, navy, chickpea, butter, black, or kidney beans for 6 weeks decreases cholesterol by 10 percent.
  25. Fenugreek seeds contain good amount of vitamins and are rich in minerals. Take in powdered form or add the leaves to salad.
  26. Consume two tbsp. coconut oil
  27. Reduce harmful cholesterols by eating eggplant.
  28. Cut down the plaque on the artery walls by consuming turmeric.
  29. Did you know that eating brown rice in place of white rice lowers cholesterol levels?
  30. Eat raw garlic for various health benefits.
  31. Want a powerful antioxidant? In a glass of warm water, add a teaspoon of Indian gooseberry powder and drink with an empty stomach every morning.
  32. 25 grams of soya per day lowers cholesterol.
  33. In a cup of hot water, add a teaspoon of honey.
  34. Eat 2 meals of fish once a week.
  35. In a glass of water, mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and drink thrice a day for a month.
  36. Consume 1200 to 2400 mg of red yeast rice once or twice a day.
  37. Mix a cup of water with 2 teaspoons of coriander seed powder, boil, strain, add sugar, milk, cardamom, and drink twice a day.
  38. Regularly drink 3 cups of orange juice. It has to be fresh!
  39. Grind onion with juice, add a teaspoon of honey and consume daily.
  40. Regularly eat 1 ½ cups of oatmeal.

 

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