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Natural Solution to Statins: 10 Cholesterol Lowering Foods

Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 11:04 PM

As statins pose dangerous side effects, there is a need to replace them with natural and safer alternatives. Natural cholesterol-lowering food, which is safer and without side effects, is being well received. Cholesterol, particularly low-density lipoproteins, needs to be lowered with the help of natural foods to prevent heart ailments. Here are 10 natural foods to supplement your diet as alternatives for statins.
 
Fish
Omega-3 fatty acids in fish are the main cholesterol-lowering agent. Most of the available natural cholesterol-lowering supplements with omega-3 fatty acids lower both LDL and triglyceride levels in the blood.
 
Oats

Taking oatmeal or oats supplements is a healthy choice to manage LDL. It provides enough soluble fiber to lower cholesterol. You can add seasonal fruit to oatmeal to improve its taste.  
Nuts

Research studies recommend eating almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and other nuts for lowering LDL. Nuts have additional nutrients that protect heart.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a good source of polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty acids that lower LDL. Consuming about two tablespoons of olive oil every day is heart friendly. Extra virgin olive oil is more effective in cholesterol lowering.
 
Soy

Soy is endowed with cholesterol lowering, particularly LDL lowering properties. Soy is available as tofu, soy milk, soy flour, soya powder, etc.

Beans

Beans are especially rich in soluble fiber and have a satiety value that helps suppress hunger. They are a beneficial food in losing weight and lowering cholesterol.

Turmeric

In Indian food, especially curry, turmeric is one of main ingredients. Turmeric is widely reputed as being a cholesterol-lowering food.

Garlic Chutney

Garlic chutney is prepared by grinding garlic, ginger, chili, salt, coriander, and mint. An effective fat-burning food, garlic contains the sulfur compound allicin, which has antibacterial properties and helps reduce cholesterol and unhealthy fats.

Fenugreek Tea

Scientifically known as Trigonella foenum-graecum, fenugreek is another natural Indian food and spice to lower LDL. Fenugreek is used as greens and as seeds. It's a cholesterol-lowering, antidiabetic, and pain-relieving herb.

Curry Leaves

Incorporating curry leaves into your diet can help you lose weight and reduce
low-density lipoproteins. These leaves are reputed to expel toxins, reducing the bad cholesterol levels in the body. They can be used in seasoning food or boiled as tea.

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There is an urgent need of natural solutions to statins, now we are aware of their side effects. Cholesterol lowering foods can help reduce LDL, the bad cholesterol and are beneficial in preventing hypertension and various heart problems.
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