Vitality

Best Cholesterol-Regulating Foods To Add To Your Shopping List

There are many misconceptions surrounding cholesterols and their roles in our bodies. For one thing, they’re usually seen as a bad thing. And for around 60 years, dietitians have warned against food rich with them since they can promote arterial plaque formation that can eventually lead to heart disease or stroke.

However, the last 60 years have also failed to make any substantial evidence that links dietary cholesterol and heart disease, and more and more experts are stating that cholesterol simply isn’t a nutrient of concern for overconsumption. In fact, it has many important functions, and is needed to help keep the walls of your cells flexible, as well as playing a part in the creation of hormones.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here are several foods you can eat to help keep your cholesterol at a healthy level:

  1. Eggs – That’s right. This breakfast staple converts small LDL particles (which are a risk factor for heart disease) into large LDL particles, which constitute a lower risk.
  2. Honey – A mixture of amino acids, vitamins, sugar, trace enzymes and minerals, this sweet treat can easily help maintain your cholesterol levels. However, because it still contains glucose and sugar, it should be taken in moderation since they can raise your cholesterol levels as well. When it comes to honey, however, make sure you pick raw organic honey or Manuka honey.
  3. Turmeric – Turmeric contains a high amount of iron, fiber, manganese, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, along with antioxidants that help kill any free radicals in your body.
  4. Garlic – Another kitchen staple, this bulbous vegetable helps increase your insulin sensitivity as well as being a host to numerous health benefits, such as a better lipid profile.
  5. Fruits and Vegetables – Per research, the largest part of your diet should be organic vegetables. This is because they contain large amounts of antioxidants and other disease-fighting compounds that are simply hard to get anywhere else. They also contain phytochemicals, which can reduce any inflammation as well as eliminate carcinogens.

So there you go, some of the best foods that can maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

Cholesterol One in eight American adults have high cholesterol. Lauren the Cartoon Goddess; CC by 2.0

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