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What to Eat if You're Trying to Improve Your Cholesterol

Feb 14, 2017 02:25 PM EST


There are many reasons why some people have a high cholesterol. While some may have this condition due to genetic, others get it because of the food they eat. This condition can lead to even more serious diseases of the heart. It is always best to consult a doctor when faced with such a condition, as it may require patients to take medicine to improve their levels.

But US News reports that blood cholesterol levels can also be lowered through changing the diet of individuals suffering from high cholesterol levels. Adapting a healthier lifestyle can do wonders for many individuals.

Aside from adding these foods to your daily meals, it is also important that consumers stay away from fatty and processed foods, as these bring up the level f the bad cholesterol in your body. Do bear in mind that in eating the suggested foods here, the effects will vary for everyone.

Fox News reports that foods high in potassium are good for lowering the blood pressure. This is because it causes the sodium to be excreted from the body through urine. A perfect example of food rich in potassium is bananas. One banana has about 422 mg of potassium, which is 13% of what you need to take daily.

US Health News says that nuts are also good to add to your diet. Nuts lie macadamia, walnuts, pistachios, almonds and pecans can help reduce LDL cholesterol. A study shows that the levels do not go down based on the type of nut you eat, but rather the amount you intake.

Adding fiber diet to your diet may prove to be beneficial. Fiber can bring down the absorption of dietary cholesterol by attaching itself to it and bringing it out of the body so that it does not get absorbed into the blood stream. Pears are good sources of fiber. Consuming a medium sized one gives you 6 out of 25 grams (women) and 38 grams (men) daily fiber need you have.

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