Foods To Lower Cholesterol

Health and nutrition experts at Prepped Pots powered by MuscleFood have revealed seven foods that can be incorporated into any diet to improve cholesterol levels.

Cholesterol is important for producing hormones, aiding digestion and building cell membranes but too much of it can be an issue.

Low-density lipoprotein is considered a bad cholesterol and too much of it causes a buildup..

High-density lipoprotein on the other hand is a good cholesterol which removes plaque and buildup from arteries.

Ashleigh Tosh, nutrition expert from Prepped Pots said: “Our cholesterol is really important to overall heart health and wellbeing and we should take good care of it.

“The good news is there are foods out there that can lower high cholesterol levels and provide us with good cholesterol which is important in keeping our arteries clean.

“Things like berries, nuts and dark chocolate are all things we should be incorporating into our diet.

“It’s important to remember that good cholesterol health comes from other elements too. A healthy diet, regular exercise and limits on alcohol and smoking are all crucial to good heart health.”

7 foods to lower your cholesterol:

  1. Berries

Adding berries such as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries into your diet is an easy and tasty way to lower your cholesterol. They are packed with antioxidants and fibre that improve your overall heart health. Enjoy them on their own or add them to shakes and breakfasts.

  1. Fatty fish

Fatty fish like salmon are rich in omega-3 and can increase our levels of ‘good’ cholesterol. Other types of fatty fish include tuna and sardines.

  1. Avocado

This popular fruit contains healthy fats which  lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol, giving it the perfect balance. Because they are a fatty fruit, try to limit yourself to half an avocado a day.

  1. Garlic

Garlic contains compounds that can lower cholesterol and high blood pressure. It’s a vegetable which can be easily incorporated into just about any recipe. You can also take this in supplement form.

  1. Nuts

Almonds and walnuts are filled with healthy fats and fibres  contributing to a healthy heart. Make a trail mix and eat around an ounce or two a day or add them into salads, breakfasts and smoothies.

  1. Fibre rich vegetables

Vegetables are an important part of any healthy diet.  Fibre rich veg like broccoli and brussels sprouts are particularly good for the heart, having a positive impact on cholesterol levels.

  1. Dark chocolate

In moderation, dark chocolate can contribute to a healthy heart. In order to reap the benefits opt for a chocolate with at least a 70% cocoa content.

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