11 Cholesterol-Lowering Foods

3. Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are nutritive because they contain the highest amounts of alpha-linolenic acid, which is one of the omega-3 acids responsible for lowering the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.  Flaxseeds contain fibers, which are essential for detoxification, gut balance and fighting weight gain. Fibers prevent cholesterol from being absorbed in the digestive system, and consequently, the body uses its cholesterol depots from the plasma. This is the key mechanism of decreasing plasma cholesterol levels when consuming flaxseeds.

It is recommended to consume this food with yogurt or blend it into smoothies, and use it as a breakfast.  Flaxseeds have also been proven to be beneficial in regulating hormone levels, especially cholesterol-based ones, such as reproductive hormones.

4. Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is also a good source of healthy fats.  It exhibits anti-inflammatory characteristics and increases the level of good cholesterol (HDL).  Olive oil is essential for keeping the coronary arteries healthy, and ensuring that there is an adequate blood supply to the heart muscle.  It should also be noted that you should not fry foods using this oil. Olive oil should be consumed as a dressing for salads or as a marinade – to boost the flavor of your favorite meal.

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Dr Aleksandar Grbović is a medical doctor from the Belgrade University, Faculty of Medicine. He is passionate about promoting medicine by bridging the gap between the patient’s and doctor’s point of view. Currently working in the biggest Occupational Medicine Institute in Serbia and attending the Radiology residency program.


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