Struggling to manage your cholesterol? If you want to try natural options for cholesterol support before resorting to medication, try adding these four foods to your healthy diet to see if you get results:
- Oats – The soluble fiber of oats helps decrease bad LDL levels. Adults should get 25 grams of fiber daily; 1.5 cups of oatmeal delivers 3 grams.
- Nuts – Most nuts are high in vitamins, minerals and good monounsaturated fats. Try adding 1oz of peanuts, walnuts, pistachios, almonds, pecans or hazelnuts each day.
- Plant sterols and stanols – Occurring naturally in small amounts in many grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds, these components prevent cholesterol from being absorbed into your bloodstream. Many foods—including orange juice, granola bars and yogurt—are now fortified with plant sterols and stanols.
- Fish – The omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, mackerel, trout, sardines, herring and tuna have been shown to lower triglycerides. Approximately 3oz of these fish delivers 1 gram of fish oil, which features DHA and EPA.
Diet alone can’t significantly reduce your cholesterol, but when combined with weight loss and regular exercise, you should experience successful results. You may also want to consider natural health supplements for additional cholesterol support.