I know -- I know -- I know ... my cholesterol is too high -- again -- and I need to do something about it. My doctor has suggested statins several times but after getting out my trusty magnifying glass to read the fine print, I’ve decided to explore other options.
After all who wants to take a medication where the side effect list is so long that it’s better than counting sheep? Perhaps, you can relate to my dilemma?
Seriously, all kidding aside, high cholesterol is no joking matter. High cholesterol is a risk factor for coronary artery disease and may eventually lead to blockages in the heart arteries severe enough to cause stroke or heart attack. Frequently, there are no signs of high cholesterol or high cholesterol symptoms until it’s discovered as a part of a routine annual checkup or, until you’re actually in some type of cardiac distress.
For those diagnosed with high cholesterol, it’s important to bring the cholesterol levels to normal range to prevent damage to the heart and to your overall health. If medications aren’t the right path for you, why not try making a cholesterol-lowering change to your diet?
A cholesterol-healthy diet -- that is, a diet targeted toward eating cholesterol-friendly foods -- may be just the ticket for lowering cholesterol levels to a heart-healthy range. If you’ve made a decision to change to a cholesterol-friendly diet, the question remains, what can I eat?
The answer is plenty! The foods listed below are cholesterol-lowering foods that are certain to not only help lower your cholesterol levels, but please your taste buds as well.
If you want to lower your cholesterol, then honey, it’s all about fiber. According to the Mayo Clinic, adding as little as 5 to 10 grams of soluble fiber daily can lower your levels of the bad LDL cholesterol. Foods high in soluble fiber include oatmeal, barley, prunes, apples, kidney beans, bananas, and pears.
2. OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS
Omega-3 fatty acids are a great addition to your diet. Not only are they high cholesterol busters, but they have the added benefit of lowering blood pressure.