Cholesterol is a fatty, wax like substance that can be found in the majority of our tissues as an essential part of our cell membranes. They assist in maintaining their form and preventing from over-fluidity. Cholesterol is organized into two major categories: HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) and LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein)
HDL is known as the "good" cholesterol, while high LDL counts can lead to coronary failure. Tens of millions of Americans suffer from high cholesterol, which is a leading predictor of future heart attacks, and death. Our commercials on tv are loaded with the newest cholesterol maintenance drugs, often with lengthy lists of possible side effects.
Thankfully, a dietary shift in the right direction can help lower LDL without the use of prescription drugs and their many sidecar issues. These three foods are sure to crack at that number and add years to your life!
Beans, lentils, and other legumes are terrific plant based sources of protein, fiber, and essential nutrients. Replacing some or all animal products in an unhealthy diet with beans will lead to weight loss, fullness, and ultimately a lower LDL count.
Did you say avocado toast?! The luxury brunch item of 2018 can also reduce cholesterol and load your body up with key antioxidants. It's the only fruit guacamole starts from, with its creamy texture and mild taste opening a world of possibility.
The Italian in me feels safe from LDL taking me down anytime soon. Besides the most effective way to ward off vampires or ruin a date, garlic is a mighty fighter for our bodies. Have a little on everything, and watch your LDL fall.