Foods that lower cholesterol
Cholesterol is a lipoprotein, which means that it is made up of fat molecules and protein molecules. We distinguish between HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. HDL cholesterol is also called “good cholesterol” and LDL cholesterol is called “bad cholesterol”.
Cholesterol is largely synthesized in our body, we only consume about a quarter of it with food. Cholesterol is a molecule that our body desperately needs. It is a building block of cell membranes and is required for the formation of bile acids and vitamin D. HDL cholesterol is also a carrier of LDL cholesterol in the liver and thus lowers the total value of cholesterol in the blood.
Why does high cholesterol occur?
Elevated cholesterol is affected by several factors. Genes, improper diet, lack of exercise, smoking. When we detect an excessive level of cholesterol in the blood, treatment begins, but it never stops.
How can diet help us lower cholesterol levels?
Follow the general principles of a healthy diet, and especially avoid animal fats, fatty meats and meat products, fried foods, simple carbohydrates and desserts.
Choose foods rich in dietary fibre, fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Also, try including food supplements and spices in your diet.
Add cinnamon and flax seeds to smoothies and fruit salads, and Curcuma to cooked dishes. Curcuma or turmeric root supports cardiovascular functions, cinnamon helps build HDL cholesterol, and flaxseed helps regulate digestion. All of that has a positive effect on blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Eat Psyllium Husk!
The husks of Psyllium husk are composed predominantly of fibre. Therefore, upon contact with water, they form a gel that we eat. Psyllium husks have been shown to help reduce plasma lipids and cholesterol. It is very filling so it can also help you lose some extra kilograms, as the fibre in psyllium helps better digestion and lower calorie intake from food. Mix a tablespoon of Psyllium husk powder with 2 dl of water and have before a meal.
At the same time, let us not forget that moderate physical activity is also very important in the fight against cholesterol and other modern diseases.
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