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10 Foods to Help Lower Cholesterol


Cholesterol gets a bad rap. In fact, our bodies actually produce a certain amount of HDL (or good) cholesterol. Cholesterol is made up of a waxy substance travels through the blood, helping in the production of some hormones and Vitamin D, and keeping our arteries clear.

It is the dietary choices we make every day that contribute to our elevated LDL (or bad) cholesterol levels. When bad cholesterol gets too high, it starts to build up in the arteries, creating the plaques that cause heart disease. That’s why it’s vital to be active every day and eat a healthy diet that’s low in LDL cholesterol—to encourage weight loss and keep our cholesterol levels within a healthy range. A diet rich in the following ten heart-healthy foods can actually help you lower bad cholesterol…

1. Fish

You might think that fatty fish—like salmon, tuna or sardines—is bad for the old ticker, but more seafood in your diet is actually good for your ticker. Why? Because fatty-fish filets of albacore tuna and salmon are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which lower triglycerides (unsaturated fat) in the blood and heart.

Recommendations care of the American Heart Association suggest a minimum of 2 servings of 3.5-ounces (or 3/4 cups) of fatty fish per week. Fatty fish species, such as herring, salmon, sardines, albacore tuna, and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which protect heart health. If you don’t dig fish, talk to your doctor about taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements.

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