High cholesterol sends many of our people to the doctor for medication. As they say, “Let thy food be thy medicine.” Here’s a list of 10 foods to help you lower your cholesterol naturally (you’ll be very happy about number 10!)
Black people have lower total cholesterol levels, but have higher LDL levels (lower density lipoprotein) than other races. LDL is the “bad” kind of cholesterol. Eating a diet rich in oats can lower your cholesterol by over 5% in just 6 weeks. Oats contain a substance called beta-glucan which absorbs LDL.
2. Red Wine
This is a win-win situation if you ask me. Drink a glass of red wine at happy hour and also lower your cholesterol levels. A study found that the Tempranillo red grapes used to make red win lowered LDL levels by 9%. The study also found that participants with high cholesterol going into the study experienced higher levels of decrease in their LDL levels (12%) after drinking red wine.
3. Salmon and Fatty Fish
Fish contains the almighty omega-3 fatty acids, the building blocks for successful muscle generation and now for raising your good cholesterol levels (high density lipoprotein or HDL) by as much as 4%.
Go nuts for nuts if you’re trying to lower your total cholesterol and LDL levels. A study revealed that people who ate 1.5 ounces of walnuts for 6 days out of the week lowered their total cholesterol levels by 5.4% and LDL by 9.3%. Nuts are a good tool for lowering your cholesterol, but are also high in calories so beware of going nutty.
5. Black Tea
Your morning trip to Starbucks won’t be the same. Drop that fatty caramel macchiato that you crave every morning and grab some black tea instead. Black tea reduced blood lipids by 10% in just 3 weeks according to study by the USDA. This tasty drink is a powerful agent in fighting LDL.