Best Foods For Lowering Cholesterol

Best Foods For Lowering Cholesterol

Best Foods For Lowering Cholesterol

The foods that are best for lowering cholesterol contain high levels of vitamins E and C, beta carotene, and flavonoids. Many health experts recommend limiting cholesterol in you diet, but many of high-protein foods we love also contain excess cholesterol. How do you get the protein you need without going over your limit? All of the following foods are nutrient-rich, full of antioxidants, and  help dramatically in lowering cholesterol.

Dark Beans

Small red beans tops the list of antioxidant packed beans, with pinto and kidney beans close behind. Enjoy these beans in a simple red salad that includes cherry tomatoes and diced red onion.

Red Grapes

Red and purple grapes are more potent than their green counterparts when it comes to antioxidants. Slice some up and add them to some raw organic plain yogurt to give it some natural sweetness.

Apple

Apples contain phytochemicals called polyphenols which make them a great source of antioxidants, but make sure you keep the skin on. The skin has a much higher dose of antioxidants than the flesh. Cut some up and mix it into your next bowl of steel cut oats.

Plum

With their high vitamin C content and phenolic compounds, plums offer us significant antioxidant protection. They’re great on their own, or mixed into a fruit salad for an added health boost.

Dark Chocolate and Cacao

Dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao content, and unsweetened cocoa powder a rich in antioxidants. Heating chocolate destroys some of it’s health benefits, so try blending some into your fruit smoothie (great with berry smoothies).

Pecan

This nut is rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps prevent cell damage. Best enjoyed raw as a snack, or as a crunchy topping to a spinach and strawberry salad.

Cholesterol is a steroid lipid (fat) found in the blood and is necessary for proper functioning of cell membranes. Talk with your doctor about maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and what others foods provide your with cholesterol that can do your body good!

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