High cholesterol is an epidemic brought on by poor eating habits and stress. It can cause fatty deposits to accumulate on arteries and blood vessels which restricts the movement of blood, causing high blood pressure, and can lead to coronary heart disease which can be a precursor to heart attacks or strokes.
High density lipoprotein (HDL), is known as “good” cholesterol. This is a beneficial cholesterol to have in high levels, as it carries the fat through the blood and prevents it from depositing in the arteries. “Bad” cholesterol is known as LDL or low density lipoprotein. Total cholesterol levels should ideally be between 100-200 mg/dL for an adult.
High cholesterol is caused by a variety of factors, but weight, diet, activity, and stress levels also play a huge role. Thankfully these factors are within our control. Since diet is one of these factors within our control, here are 12 LDL cholesterol lowering foods for you to enjoy…
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1. Whole Eggs
Eggs are a controversial food in relation to high cholesterol. Some small studies have found that eating egg yolks can raise cholesterol levels. However, there have been a few very large studies that have shown that eating egg yolks can lower high cholesterol by raising your good cholesterol. This seems to only be applicable when you have a good diet to begin with.
Many people forget that raising HDL cholesterol can lower your risk of heart disease and balance your cholesterol levels. Eating a whole egg each day can do wonders for your blood work.