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5 Tips On How To Lower Cholesterol Naturally
We all need a certain amount of cholesterol for good health as it plays an important role in all cell membrane structure. Luckily our bodies are able to manufacture the cholesterol we need from healthy fats in the diet.
High cholesterol however can cause heart disease, increasing the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Here are some tips on how to lower blood cholesterol levels naturally:
1.Decrease intake of animal products in your diet.
The only source of dietary cholesterol comes from animal products (meat, dairy and eggs). No plant, vegetable, nut or seed grown on this planet contains cholesterol! So decrease animal products dramatically or try a vegetarian diet for a while.
2.Eat more high-fibre foods.
Fibre can help move fats through the body and decrease blood lipid (HDL) levels. Eat whole grains such as oatmeal and whole-wheat bread plus plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables daily.
3.Follow a low fat, good fat diet.
Switch from high fat foods to low fat foods. Bad fats are saturated fats (animal fats) and hydrogenated fats (fats which have been processed and heated to high temperatures e.g. fried food). Good fats come from fish and polyunsaturated vegetable oils, nuts and seeds.
4.Take Vitamin C daily.
Clinical studies have shown that the higher the level of vitamin C in the blood the lower the level of cholesterol and other harmful fats. If you have high cholesterol take 1000mg-3000mg of vitamin C daily and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables daily.
5.Take Garlic Daily.
Cholesterol levels are lower in people who eat plenty of garlic and onions, so increase these in your diet. You can also take an odourless garlic supplement if you prefer, make sure your product contains a minimum of 4,000mg of allicin or 10mg of allinin in the daily dose as these are the active ingredients.
So before you start taking blood cholesterol lowering medication for the rest of your life, try following a diet to lower your cholesterol first and see the results for yourself!
Thank you for taking time to read this information about how to lower cholesterol levels.
Nadine Masseron ND
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