There are a number of food sources that lower cholesterol, reduce heart disease and cut the risk of Macular Degeneration naturally. These include olive oil, oat bran, apples, walnuts, red rice yeast, omega-3 fatty acids, and nattokinase.
There are several foods that help lower cholesterol levels.
Foods that are high in soluble fiber help reduce cholesterol. Soluble fiber draws water into the gut, softening stools and promoting regularity. Gut-friendly bacteria eat soluble fiber. Dietary fiber can be soluble or insoluble. Women should get 25 grams of dietary fiber per day, and men should get 38 grams per day. However, few Americans regularly reach this recommended daily amount (RDA).
Oat bran lowers LDL (“bad cholesterol”) because it contains soluble fiber. Certain popular oat cereals have tested very high for the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup). Therefore, eat organic oat cereals if possible.
Fruits highest in soluble fiber are apples, pears, figs, nectarines, guavas, and apricots.
Beans with the most soluble fiber are black beans and kidney beans. Beans, pulses, and lentils all contain fiber, and they are inexpensive. Sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, and flax seeds are high in soluble fiber.
Carrots stand out as the vegetable that has the most soluble fiber. Vegetables are generally high in fiber.
Walnuts are also excellent. In some people, walnuts can make a big difference as they contain “good fats” that push cholesterol numbers down. Just a handful per day (1.5 oz) is sufficient. Walnuts contain more omega-3 fatty acids than any other nut. They also contain phytosterols that help lower LDL cholesterol. Shop around. You may find that broken, shelled walnuts are a good value.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in salmon, flax seed and fish oil pills.
Raw extra virgin olive oil is excellent to add to your diet, especially if it is replacing unhealthy fats such as vegetable oils and saturated fats. A recent study discovered that olive oil helps prevent abnormal blood clots. A “thrombosis” is a blood clot inside a blood vessel. Thrombosis can be deadly, leading to a heart attack or stroke.
ApoA-IV is part of HDL (good cholesterol). ApoA-IV helps stop platelets from sticking together. Olive oil increases the body’s production of ApoA-IV. Thus, the risk of abnormal clotting is lowered, protecting the blood vessels, heart, and brain.
Red Rice Yeast results in lowers cholesterol levels. Red Rice Yeast is a traditional Chinese culinary product and a supplement. Nattokinase is a fibrinolytic enzyme that thins the blood. A traditional Chinese supplement, Nattokinase is produced from Natto, a Japanese fermented soy food.
Did you know that the Mediterranean Diet contains many of the foods above? At Natural Eye Care, we recommend the Vision Diet, which is a modification of this eating plan designed to help the eyes.
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Medical professionals understand that high cholesterol levels may not always be indicators of high heart attack risk; nonetheless, they are a marker to be noted with respect to overall health.