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Foods that help to decrease LDL cholesterol levels

BY: Deena David | Category: Food and Drinks | Post Date: 2009-11-26

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The Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol) that is considered to be the bad cholesterol adds up in the body to cause various health disorders. This needs to be prevented if the person wants to lead a healthy lifestyle. A person who has high amounts of Low Density Lipoprotein in the blood can have various side effects and one of the most important effects that occur is the increased occurrence of atherosclerotic plaques on the walls of the arteries of the person., The atherosclerosis need not necessarily form on the artery walls of the coronary arteries, but it can also form on the various other arteries like the renal artery causing renal artery stenosis too.

There are various foods that have decreased amounts of this Low Density Lipoprotein and also help ion maintaining the total cholesterol levels. This article gives a list of the various foods that cause a decrease in the amount of Low Density Lipoprotein in the body of the person.

The various foods that decrease the Low Density Lipoprotein in the body are:

1. Garlic:
Garlic is one of the most effective foods that help to reduce the Low Density Lipoprotein levels. Garlic is considered to be a very good food because it not only decreases the Low Density Lipoprotein levels, but also decreases the blood pressure of the person. Various tablets have been produced that contain garlic and its effects, but the person should decide if they want to consume fresh garlic or the tablet form.

2. Flax seeds:

Flax seeds are another important foods that help to reduce the levels of the Low Density Lipoprotein in the blood. The flax seeds also help to increase the High Density Lipoprotein levels in the body. This is the reason for them gaining more importance. Other than these benefits, the flax seeds are also very important in the diet because of their high fiber content that can prevent various other diseases too.

3. Various sea fish:

There are a lot of sea fish that have high content of omega 3 fatty acids that help to reduce the Low Density Lipoprotein level in the body. Some of the most common sea fish that have these effects are sardines, salmon, bass, tuna, trout and mackerel. These fish should be included in the diet to gain the benefits of decreased Low Density Lipoprotein in the blood.

4. Soy:

Soy, or soybean are another effective food that helps to control the Low Density Lipoprotein levels. There are various forms in which the benefit of soy can be gained. The person can have soy milk which will help to get the Low Density Lipoprotein decreased. Tofu also has the same effect.

5. Olive oil:

Olive oil is another important food that helps in controlling the Low Density Lipoprotein in the body of the person. The person who wants to get the benefit from the olive oil for its Low Density Lipoprotein reducing properties should make sure that they consume at least 3 spoons of the oil in the diet each day.

These are some of the foods that contain various substances that have properties to reduce the Low Density Lipoprotein in the blood. These foods should be included in the diet every day to reap the benefits they offer.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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