Cholesterol is also found in some of the foods you eat. Cholesterol is a lipid found in the cell membranes of all animal tissues, and it is transported in the blood plasma of all animals. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance made in the liver and found in certain foods, such as food from animals, like dairy products (whole milk), eggs and meat.
When you have too much cholesterol, it can be dangerous to your health. Managing high cholesterol may be different for each individual depending on your medical history and your health. Lowering your cholesterol level decreases your chance for having a plaque burst and cause a heart attack.
Below are some suggested natural ways to reduce your cholesterol:
Reduce Your Fat Intake. Saturated fat elevates your blood cholesterol count, polyunsaturated fats lower blood cholesterol, and dietary cholesterol can also contributed to elevated blood cholesterol levels. Out of all of these, the saturated fat has the most impact on your cholesterol level. You will want to cut back on saturated fat foods such as meat, butter, cheese, whenever possible. Replace these with fish, poultry, low fat dairy products, and polyunsaturated oils such as corn, sunflower, and soybean.You will want to reduce the amount of eggs you eat. You might want to limit yourself to 3 whole eggs a week to be on the safe side. Since egg yokes contain the cholesterol, the eggs whites are ok to eat freely.
Legumes (Beans) are nutritious and don’t cost a lot. Beans and other legumes contain water-soluable fiber which helps to transport cholesterol out of your system before it can cause problems. You can try eating kidney beans, pinto beans, soybeans, lima beans, navy beans, lentils, etc. All of these are excellent sources of fiber as well.
Oats appear to to lower serum cholesterol levels. Eating oat bran does as good a job of reducing your cholesterol levels as legumes do.Carrots(which contain calcium pectate) can also help to reduce cholesterol, but not to the extent which legumes and oats do.
Corn is as effective s oats and beans in lowering your cholesterol. Using about one ounce of corn meal with each meal can really help to bring down high levels of cholesterol.Its important to drink lots of skim milk. Cutting out fat-bearing milk will help to bring down your cholesterol.
Raw garlic can help to reduce harmful level of blood fat. If you take one gram a day for 6 months, you cholesterol levels should fall an average of 40 points within six months.Vigorous exercise has been proven to raise your level of HDL(good cholesterol) when modestly lowers your level of HDL(bad cholesterol).
As part of the natural ways to reduce cholesterol mentioned above, you will want to avoid, coffee, cigarettes, and most red meat (for now).