Thursday, February 22, 2007

Lower LDL: Can we Lower LDL without Drugs?

Let's talk a bit about lowering the "bad" cholesterol - LDL.
There are foods that are present in every (or most) kitchen that can help lower the LDL numbers in the blood. Here are some of them:

Oatmeal - Oatmeal and oat bran have soluble fiber, which has been found to be a factor in lowering LDL. It has been found that 5 - 10 grams of soluble fiber a day can reduce LDL. 1.5 cups of oatmeal have 4.5 grams of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber reduces the absorption of cholesterol in the intestines and causes it to be excreted from the body.

Other foods with soluble fiber are kidney beans, apples, pears, prunes and brussel (yuck) sprouts, sweet potatoes, carrots.

Almonds and walnuts have also been found to help lower LDL. Nuts are also very high in calories so just eat a handful every day. You can put them in your salad instead of croutons! Nuts are fatty and help keep blood vessels healthy and elastic.

Blueberries - Recent research has found that not only are blueberries a powerful antioxidant, but that they also have the power to lower LDL. Go out and eat some blueberries and maybe some other berries as well.

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