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Chauncey W. Crandall, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Dr. Chauncey W. Crandall, author of Dr. Crandall’s Heart Health Report newsletter, is chief of the Cardiac Transplant Program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He practices interventional, vascular, and transplant cardiology. Dr. Crandall received his post-graduate training at Yale University School of Medicine, where he also completed three years of research in the Cardiovascular Surgery Division. Dr. Crandall regularly lectures nationally and internationally on preventive cardiology, cardiology healthcare of the elderly, healing, interventional cardiology, and heart transplants. Known as the “Christian physician,” Dr. Crandall has been heralded for his values and message of hope to all his heart patients.

Tags: cholesterol | oats | beans | nuts

5 Superfoods That Reduce Cholesterol

Chauncey Crandall, M.D. By Wednesday, 08 September 2021 04:41 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Certain foods can help bring down high cholesterol naturally, without the potentially dangerous side effects of medication. Here are some superfoods that can drive down blood cholesterol levels:

1. Oats. Start your day with a bowl of oatmeal or a cold oat-based cereal like Cheerios that deliver 1 to 2 grams of soluble fiber. Add a sliced banana for even more heart-healthy fiber. Soluble fiber is broken down to form short-chain fatty acids that help block the formation of LDL cholesterol, which can cause arterial damage.

2. Beans. This healthy staple is rich in soluble fiber and takes longer to digest so you feel fuller longer. And there are many choices — navy, garbanzo, lentils, black[1]eyed peas — so you won’t run out of options.

3. Nuts. Studies have shown that eating just two ounces of nuts daily can lower LDL cholesterol. Although they’re 80 percent fat, it’s unsaturated fat that helps lower LDL levels, decreases your risk of developing blood clots, and may improve the lining of your arteries. Walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts are particularly heart-healthy.

4. Foods fortified with sterols. Sterols and stanols are plant extracts that help prevent the body from absorbing cholesterol from food. Many manufacturers add sterols to products such as granola bars, spreads, and yogurt.

5. Fatty fish. Eating at least two servings of salmon, trout, mackerel, or other coldwater fish instead of red meat has heart-healthy benefits. Meat boosts LDL cholesterol levels, while fish contains omega-3 fatty acids that drive LDL down and boost healthier HDL cholesterol. Omega-3 fatty acids also help prevent inflammation that causes plaque buildup in the arteries, leading to heart attack or stroke.

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Certain foods can help bring down high cholesterol naturally, without the potentially dangerous side effects of medication.
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Wednesday, 08 September 2021 04:41 PM
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