If you want to keep your heart strong and your cholesterol in the healthy range, consider making a few simple, but important changes to your diet. You can make a big difference by incorporating these "super foods" into meals and snacks on a regular basis.
- Fish. Fatty fish which are high in fish-oil supplements.
- Oats and Fiber. High-fiber foods such as oats, oat bran, and fruits and vegetables are known to help the body decrease levels of LDL, often referred to as "bad" cholesterol. Soluble fiber seems to literally grab hold of cholesterol and, in doing so, reduce the amount that’s absorbed in the intestines. It doesn’t take a lot of fiber to make a difference. So snack on an apple or spoon up some hot oatmeal topped with fresh fruit for breakfast.
- Sterols and Stanols. Eating foods fortified with sterols or stanols which are substances that occur naturally in many plants, including fruits, vegetables, and legumes are said to significantly reduce LDL levels by blocking the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. Many new products are fortified with these substances.
- Nuts. Walnuts and almonds, like certain fish, are rich in plant omega-3 fatty acids. Nuts seem not only to help lower total cholesterol, but to help blood vessels retain their health. Keep in mind a small amount, about 2 ounces or a handful a day is all you need. They are also high in calories so eating too many could cause weight gain
- Green Tea. Research suggests green tea may help improve blood-vessel function. Specifically, green tea is thought to enhance the cells that line our blood vessels, called endothelial cells. Flavonoids, a type of antioxidant that’s thought to be good for heart health, are also found in green tea.
Including more of these foods into your diet can help support your cholesterol levels and your overall health. If you are looking for a natural way to help maintain your cholesterol levels you may also want to consider Healthy Choice Naturals Cholesterol Care. Our #1 selling product has helped thousands of people manage their cholesterol safely and effectively.