Foods That Help Keep Cholesterol Under Control
By Genevieve Cunningham
Cholesterol. You’ve heard of it. You know it matters in the grand scheme of health and wellness. But what exactly are we supposed to know about it? Most people don’t really think about cholesterol until they’re much older or until a problem occurs. But cholesterol levels are important at every age. When we don’t watch cholesterol, it can cause plaque to take residence in our veins and arteries causing long-term damage and raising the risks of major problems. If you’re ready to take your cholesterol seriously and improve your overall health, take a look at these foods that can raise good cholesterol while simultaneously lowering the bad.
This food is so effective at improving cholesterol levels, it’s even advertised on the box. Cheerios really work because they are largely made of oats; and oats are one of the best foods for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. This is because oats contain high levels of soluble fiber. This kind of fiber helps to clean out bad cholesterol from the blood. Just have a bowl of Cheerios and skim milk for breakfast, and you’ll be starting your day on a good note.
This is another breakfast food that provides a powerful cholesterol lowering punch. Oatmeal -- another oat-based food -- can raise your good cholesterol numbers and eliminate a few points of the bad. Just make sure that you’re not loading your breakfast down with fatty butter or tons of sugar. Spice it up in a healthy way, and enjoy the healthy benefits and the flavor every morning.
Fish such as salmon, halibut, and mackerel all contain incredibly high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. This important nutrient helps to keep the blood clean and may even help to prevent clots from forming. Omega-3 is considered good for the heart, and many doctors advise taking it for prevention. Grill or bake fish two times a week to get the proper dosage for lowering cholesterol and improving health.
Don’t wait until there’s a problem with your cholesterol or your health in general before taking action. The more action you take now, the less likely it is that problems will occur in the first place. Add these foods to your diet, exercise regularly, and make your health a priority to live a long happy life of wellness.
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