7. “Ancient” Grains
Gluten-free grains and products from the whole grains are full of fibers. Balancing the gut motility and gut flora has been linked to many health benefits including a healthy metabolism, which precedes the establishment of normal cholesterol levels. Interestingly, oats contains a compound called beta-glucan. This substance is one of the most investigated natural substances that exhibit the cholesterol-lowering activity. Back in 1997, the FDA approved a claim that beta-glucan significantly reduces and corrects the cholesterol levels in hypercholesterolemic patients.
8. Green Tea
Green tea is well known for its antioxidant properties and is probably one of the most widely consumed drinks in the world. Active compounds within green tea, called polyphenols, are proven scientifically to exhibit antioxidant properties, lower the levels of cholesterol and prevent some chronic and debilitating illnesses.
Green tea has also been proven to be beneficial as an anti-inflammatory agent. Regular consumption of green tea may help with pain in rheumatoid arthritis, increase bone density and improve cognitive function. Green tea, when appropriately consumed, decreases blood pressure, thereby protecting the heart muscle from excessive contraction.