Thursday, January 8, 2015

How to Reduce your LDL Cholestrol

Recently, I was watching a Talk Show, in which a doctor said how many people have chosen to become social drinkers and they have a strong reason for it. Guess what  they say.......
"Red wine is good for heart because it contains polyphenols, which reduces LDL Cholestrol ".
Then , the doctor mentioned that even eggplants contain polyphenol. So, why not eat eggplants instead of red wine ?
That's how, I landed up researching on this topic and have collected some valuable information.

Antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart. This polyphenol is called resveratrol .

American Heart Association says that  still researchers are examining the potential benefits of components in red wine such as flavanoids and other antioxidants in reducing heart disease risk. The AHA also says that these components may be found in other fruits such as grapes or red grape juice. The lifestyle is also very important. AHA recommends increased physical activity , a diet  - high in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats.  They also say that no direct comparison trials have been made to determine the specific effect of wine or other alcohol on the risk of developing heart disease or stroke.

A few interesting food varieties and tips on how to lower your LDL Cholestrol

* EGGPLANTS -  here they come
   Eggplants are high in soluble fiber , high in antioxidants and low in calories.
  They contain cholestrol lowering dietary fiber.

* TEA - a perfect drink 
   Both black tea and Green tea contain powerful antioxidants which be helpful to reduce LDL.
   Green Tea is better because it is made from unfermented tea leaves, and less processed.
   A secret ingredient in tea is Catechins, a type of disease - fighting flavanoid and antioxidant.
   I read in an article in WebMD that tea has 8 to 10 times more of polyphenol than that is found in fruits    and vegetables.

* Dark Chocolate (yummy........)
   It contains flavanoids and antioxidants that help to lower the LDL levels

* Avacados 
   They contain Oleic acid, which helps to lower bad choloestrol

* Nuts
   They are high in polyunsturated fatty acids which helps in reducing LDL levels.
   So, consider eating Walnuts and Almonds as a healthy snack.

* Whole Grains
   Barley, Brown Rice and Oatmeal have lots of soluble fiber, which helps to reduce absorption of      cholestrol in the blood.

* Fish
   Fish varieties like Salmon, Tuna, Sardine, are high in Omega-3 fatty acids which helps in reducing   triglycerides in blood.

* Olive Oil
   This oil is a plant based fat, so it is a better choice when you want to reduce the LDL

* Bean
   Black, Kidney bean  and lentils are rich in soluble fiber,  which helps in reducing cholestrol in the blood.

I will be back with some more healthy tips, until then , Be Healthy..............

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