Both Western and Chinese medicine alike recognize the importance of diet when battling high cholesterol, and eating improper foods can trigger the digestive system to build up the amount of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) – which are also known as bad cholesterol – in the blood. This can then lead to life-threatening illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes, and, of course, clogged and hardened arteries.
Try incorporating the following five foods into your diet. They are high in fiber and low in cholesterol. They will not only help to lower your LDL cholesterol levels, but also benefit your body’s health in general.
- Apples: A study was conducted in Finland to determine whether or not eating apples can lower cholesterol. The results of this study determined that eating three apples a day for three months can help you drop your cholesterol level by twenty points. This is a result of apple’s high amount of pectin, which is a source of dietary fiber that will draw LDL out of your system. Also, quercetin, an antioxidant, helps to inhibit the amount of LDL in the bloodstream. As autumn is a time for apples, be sure to take advantage of all of the tasty varieties that the season offers.
- Spinach: Spinach, along with other green leafy vegetables, contains a carotenoid known as lutein. Lutein has been associated with the prevented buildup of cholesterol in the blood. With a little help from one or two helpings of fresh spinach, you’ll be on your way to low cholesterol levels in no time!
- Oats: There are few things as satisfying as a warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning. Whole grain oats, like whole wheat, are a high-fiber grain. While whole wheat is helpful in lowering cholesterol, oats contain more soluble fiber and therefore are more likely to reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol in your system. When eating foods containing oats, however, be sure to always eat whole grain oats, because the oats found in processed foods like granola bars often don’t contain soluble fiber.
- Homemade orange marmalade or orange rind: Orange marmalade includes orange rind – which contains compounds known as polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs). PMFs are found in the pigment of orange peel and are responsible for lowering bad cholesterol -yet not reducing good cholesterol. You can use orange rind in your cooking as well.
- Green tea: Green tea is beneficial for many conditions and ailments, and LDL cholesterol is no exception. Drink one cup of loose leaf green tea daily and you may find that your high LDL cholesterol levels will say their final farewell.