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Top Five Cholesterol Lowering Foods
14th June 2012ByJordan & Kyla Miller Contributing Writers for Wake Up WorldCholesterol certainly has had its share of the spotlightover the last 50 – 60 years; although not all of thatglamour has been good. Cholesterol has beenchastised for its so called artery clogging effects. Manyof us were, and still are convinced that cholesterol wasand is the main culprit for the rise of heartattacks andstrokes; Some of this statement may be true, however,much of the story was never told, costing many of our past and present relatives premature death.Cholesterol is a steroid lipid found in the blood, whichis necessary for the proper functioning of cell membranes. Contrary to popular mainstream belief,Cholesterol is not the primary culprit in the rise of “heart disease”, it is rather our inability to takeresponsibility of our own actions, and thus, we put blame on things that enable us to continue living in astate of disconnect and irresponsibility.You see, cholesterol is not the source of all evil, it is rather the poor choices (dietary and otherwise) wemake in life which bring about its over production – similar to putting the blame oncancer cells. Of course, many of us are now familiar with the good (HDL) and bad of cholesterol (LDL) cholesterol,although let us not focus entirely on this duality- as both varieties have their purpose. Essentially, whatthis all boils down to is that we are consuming too much “bad” cholesterol laden foods, therebyelevating our LDL cholesterol levels beyond the natural ratio. Our body naturally creates this substancefor a particular reason, so why does it make sense to take medication in order to lower the levels, whenwe can both lower LDL and raise HDL to proper ratios, through the food we eat!Cholesterol’s primaryfunction is to heal (much like cancer), whereby it acts to lessen inflammation.Simply put, our bodies are telling us to take a look at what we are doing, and re-evaluate our choices,for we are what we eat. Nothing is truer than this fact. In the meantime, for those who are suffering fromuncharacteristically high levels of blood cholesterol, you still have hope to change things around. Let usoffer you suggestions to help treat the cause rather than the symptoms. We have listed below some of the best foods you can eat right now to help bring you cholesterol down.
1. Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated Fats (Olive Oil,Coconut Oil,Avocados)
Foods that contain high levels of these substances are by far the best foods in lowering your LDLcholesterol. By substituting your diet from saturated animal fats, to healthy sources of saturated fats likeolive oil and/or avocados, this can achieve a
reduction of LDL cholesterol by nearly 15-20%
compared to those who on a diet higher in saturated animal fats.
2. Flax Seeds
Up to 50 grams of Flax Seedsa day has been shown to
reduce LDL cholestero
l in healthy youngadults by
up to 8%
, and 38 grams of flax seeds per day
reduced LDL cholesterol by 14%