Did you notice higher cholesterol on your recent check up? What can you do to lower your cholesterol?
An easy way to lower your cholesterol is to incorporate some new foods into your diet. Check out some tips to lower your cholesterol from Kansas City fitness center, The Athletic Club.
- Avocado- Avocado can help your body to absorb less cholesterol because it is packed with dietary fiber. Avocado can decrease your LDL cholesterol by as much as 13 and a half mg/dL!
- Strawberries- Strawberries are high in fiber which contributes to their ability to lower cholesterol LDL levels. They also contain anthocyanins which are also thought (not yet proven) to lower LDL.
- Grapefruit- Grapefruits (especially Red) are high in antioxidants and are known to lower levels of blood lipids. They also decrease triglycerides in the blood.
- Oatmeal- Oatmeal contains a good amount of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is responsible for decreasing cholesterol aborption.
- Walnuts- Walnuts have polyunsaturated fats which help to break down bad cholesterol.
- Olive Oil- Olive oil (extra virgin is recommended) contains antioxidants that help to lower LDL levels.
- Fatty Fish- Fatty fish high in omegas is great for lowering triglycerides in the blood.
- Dark Chocolate- Yes, you read that right. Dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao) is high in antioxidants and is known to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Artichokes- Artichokes are high in soluble fibers. This type of fiber decreases LDL cholesterol and helps your GI tract.
- Okra- Okra is high in both fiber and protein, which help to lower LDL levels.
- Flaxseed- Flaxseed contains omega-3s. Omega-3s help to lower triglycerides as well as improving blood vessel functioning.
- Collard Greens- Collard greens can attach to the bile acids, a product of cholesterol, in your body and be excreted.
We hope these tips from Kansas City Fitness Center The Athletic Club, brought to you by Fitness Mag, will help if you are facing high cholesterol!