Cholesterol is a waxy, fat like substance that occurs naturally in all parts of the body. Your body needs some cholesterol for maintaining proper body function. Cholesterol travels your body in small packages called lipoprotein.
High level of cholesterol mainly LDL in the blood can increase your risk of heart. Oh sorry, I forgot to tell you that Cholesterol is basically three types: LDL (Low-density lipoprotein), HDL (High-density Lipoprotein), and VLDL (Very Low-density Lipoprotein). LDL cholesterol causes aging of arteries; HDL cholesterol prevents it. HDL cholesterol is called good and LDL is called bad cholesterol generally.
So let’s go to know what food helps to decrease your cholesterol level.-
- Sea fish: Sea fish like – Tuna, Salmon mainly in small fish contain unsaturated fat and omega -3 fatty acid which helps to decrease your LDL level in your blood stream.
- Garlic: Garlic is an excellent substance to add to your diet to keep your cholesterol level at a reasonable number. It can reduce cholesterol level without any side effect, in addition to reducing blood pressure and protecting against infections. Garlic contains amino acid, vitamin, mineral, and Organosulfur compound which leads Medicinal activity in your body and protect you.
- Amla is mainly used in Ayurvedic medicine. Apart from being rich in vitamin C, amla is a full of antioxidant and mineral. However Various clinical studies show that Indian gooseberry interferes with cholesterol absorption from food and also stop action of the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase that plays an important role in the formation of cholesterol. Amla reduces total cholesterol (TC), LDL and TG(Triglyceride level.
- Coriander seeds: Coriander seed has useful cholesterol lowering properties. Boil two tablespoons of coriander seeds in a glass of water. Strain the decoction after cooling and drink this twice a day for a good result.
- Olive Oil: The use of olive oil by people living in that part of the world is the source of the high level of monounsaturated fat in their diets. Olive oil is rich in oleic acid, the most common monounsaturated fatty acid found in the diet. Numerous studies indicate that monounsaturated fat is about as effective as polyunsaturated fat in lowering total blood cholesterol and LDL.
- Green Tea: The first human study to show that green tea reduces LDL cholesterol was conducted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2003. Green tea contains polyphenols which help to reduce to your Bad cholesterol level and improve your cardiac health
- Tomatoes: Tomatoes are a significant source of a plant compound called lycopene, which reduces the level of LDL cholesterol. Research shows that the body absorbs more lycopene if the tomatoes are processed or cooked, so drink tomato juice and adds tomatoes to your diet.
- Papaya: Cut ripe papaya into pieces and eat this on empty stomach for a better result. Eat papaya regularly at least one month to lower blood cholesterol. Do not eat or drink anything after eating papaya for even better result.
- Fenugreek seeds: Take some fenugreek seeds and grind them into powder. Mix it in a glass of water and drink it. It also helps you to reduce your cholesterol level.
- Holy Basil or Tulsi: Add 3-4 drops of extract of basil leaves to half a cup of water and drink it daily. You can also chew 3-5 leaves of holy basil daily to keep your cholesterol level.