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Cholesterol

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This article explains how to keep your cholesterol levels low by using
mostly natural methods.


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cholesterol,blood fat,cholesterol levels


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Ways To Keep It Low

These days we hear a lot of warnings about cholesterol, but the funny
thing is, cholesterol isn't all bad. Your body produces it naturally and
it performs some pretty vital jobs - helping to build new cells, as well
as produce hormones and insulate nerves. Only when you've got too much do
you have a problem.

Unfortunately, there's a lot of confusion surrounding this substance
because it's made up of both good and bad cholesterol, and is known as
HDL and LDL. So which is the good guy, and which is the bad guy ? HDL
(high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol is the good guy (higher the
better), and LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is the bad guy - the artery-
clogging little devil.

Every Day Ways Of Keeping Your Cholesterol Low :-

Watch your weight.

The more overweight you are, the more cholesterol your body produces. So
if your weight is up, this is one more reason to bring it down, but do so
with a healthy diet.

Cut Out The Fat.

You'd be wise to cut back on such sources of saturated fat as meat,
butter, cheese and hydrogenated oil. Whenever possible, replace these
items with fish, poultry, low-fat dairy products and polyunsaturated
oils.

Switch To Olive Oil.

Olive oil contains monounsaturates which is said to help lower
cholesterol levels if added to your food on a daily basis. Two or Three
table spoons full a day should be sufficient

Go Easy On The Eggs
Don't feel you have cut them out entirely, if you want to play safe then
limit your eggs to about three a week, or use egg whites only.

Be Full Of Beans

Nutritious and inexpensive, beans and other pulses contain a water-
soluble fibre called pectin that helps clear cholesterol out of the body.

Eat More Fruit

Fruit also gets it's cholesterol lowering punch from pectin, so by eating
lots of fresh fruit you will help to lower your cholesterol levels.

Have Your Oats

Oat bran also helps to lower cholesterol in a similar fashion to pectin
rich fruit. In fact it was a high oat bran diet that helped me to reduce
my cholesterol level. I used it on cereals, and mixed it into meals that
I ate. It looks a bit like sawdust, but it's really effective.

Other Foods That Are Recommended.

Carrots can lower cholesterol. Carrots by way of their pectin content the
same as fruit. Two carrots a day should be enough to help when combined
with other foods which have been recommended. Eat them raw if possible.

Take Garlic

Eat raw garlic. As well as reducing your circle of friends, it will
reduce harmful blood fats. If you don't fancy eating raw garlic, then use
the liquid garlic extract which can be bought in capsule form. These can
be purchased at your local supermarket or health food store.

Don't Smoke

Studies have shown that heavy smokers have a higher cholesterol than non
smokers, so here's another reason to give up. You'll also save yourself a
bundle of cash as well ! - In smoking trials which were carried out in
Sweden, smokers tended to suffer from low levels of the beneficial HDL
cholesterol.

Medication - Drugs

There's now plenty of drugs on the market for lowering cholesterol
levels. But, as with all drugs there's always side effects to take into
account, so try the natural methods first. Only use drugs as a last
resort.

When I found out my own cholesterol levels were high, I managed to get my
levels back to normal by using the methods mentioned in this article. I
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