Is your cholesterol level in place? If not then opt for and plan a healthy diet instead of eating unhealthy foods. High cholesterol level increases the risk of heart attacks and heart diseases. Let’s see some foods that provide great help to lower the cholesterol.
- Oats & Barley
Both oats as well as barley are rich forms of soluble fiber known as ‘beta glucan’. Once eaten, the beta glucan produces a gel that binds the cholesterol in your intestines and averts it from being absorbed. It is good to eat at least a few amount of such beta glucan food per day as it can help to lower the cholesterol levels.
- Soya Foods
Soya foods are naturally low in saturated fats helping to lower the levels of cholesterol. The special proteins present in soya seem to influence how your body regulates the cholesterol too.
- Vegetables & Fruits
All vegetables and fruits are low in saturated fat thus eating more of these keeps the intake of saturated fats low. Vegetables and fruits are also a valuable and good source of soluble fibers that help in cholesterol lowering.
Try to include or have at least one type of pulse (peas) in every day’s diet. Other rich sources are:
- Sweet potato
All types of nuts are rich in fiber, vitamin E, potassium, vegetable proteins, heart healthy and unsaturated fats and magnesium. Studies show about 30 to 35 gm (handful) of nuts a day can also potentially lower the levels of cholesterol.
- Herbal Medications
Taking a good herbal medicine such as Shuddha Guggulu from Himalaya can also help in lowering the cholesterol levels. It is a pure herbal medicine with no artificial chemicals and thus is known to be side effects free. The health benefits of Shuddha Guggulu include:
- Supports metabolism and normal fat levels
- Supports the normal levels of oxidation of cholesterol
- Helpful for normal mobility levels
- Significantly supports normal levels of LDL
- Also guards against the atherosclerosis (Artery hardening)
- It also lessens the platelets’ stickiness
- It enhances the thyroid functioning
- It can also be beneficial for weight loss
So start with a healthy diet and consider taking an herbal medicine such as Shuddha Guggulu along with it, which will altogether reduce the cholesterol levels naturally minus the side effects.