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9 Proven Natural Ways to Lower Cholesterol Safely

Friday, 13 Dec 2013 12:28 AM

Faulty dietary habits and lifestyle has put our health to risk. Even the young are suffering from hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and heart disorders caused by raised cholesterol levels in the blood. The usual cholesterol-lowering medications have side effects, yet cholesterol levels can be brought down with the help of cholesterol-lowering natural supplements, food, herbs, and lifestyle modification.
 
Set Your Goal

The first step in a cholesterol-lowering regimen is to know how much you wish to reduce your cholesterol. Setting the cholesterol-lowering goal may be slightly tougher if heart problems run in your family.
 
Quit Smoking

Among natural cholesterol-lowering ways, staying away from smoking not only improves good cholesterol but also decreases blood pressure.

Limit Alcohol Intake

Though a study says that red wine, if taken in moderation, can be helpful in cardiovascular diseases, too much alcohol causes serious health damage, including high blood pressure, stroke, and heart failure. While following a cholesterol-lowering regimen, you should largely abstain from alcohol.

Consume a Low-Fat Diet


A high-fat diet means more cholesterol levels in the blood. Stick to low-fat products. Whole milk, cream, potato chips, and deep-fried snacks should be avoided. Most of the weight-loss supplements are actually low-fat recipes.

Add Complex Carbohydrates and Fiber


Natural cholesterol-lowering food comprises fresh seasonal fruit, vegetables, and salad. Avoiding meat is a good idea; particularly, fatty cuts of beef and pork. Eggs should also be taken in moderation.

Include Nuts


Nuts, particularly walnuts and almonds, are a better option to lower cholesterol in a natural way. They provide proteins, without increasing the cholesterol levels.

Discard Trans Fats


Use unsaturated fats instead of saturated fats while cooking food. Steamed and baked foods are better options. Avoid commercially baked items. Trans fats increase the bad LDL and lower good HDL, increasing the risk of heart problems.

Lose Weight

Losing weight to reduce cholesterol works wonders. Reducing even 10 percent of your weight leads to better cholesterol management. Weight-loss supplements go well with low-fat food.

Take fish

Including fish in your diet is good. Omega-3 fatty acids, present in fish, lower cholesterol and protect the heart. Salmon and mackerel are better cholesterol-lowering natural foods. Omega-3 supplements available on the market are equally beneficial.

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Besides statins, there are many natural ways to lower cholesterol. Exercise and cholesterol-lowering food or supplements are very helpful in lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart problems, without side effects as is the case with statins.
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