Firstly, what is cholesterol? There are two basic types of cholesterol: Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) which is commonly named bad cholesterol, and High-density lipoprotein (HDL) which is your good cholesterol. When levels of bad cholesterol get too high, it can cause blockages in your arteries, whereas good cholesterol assists in various metabolic processes.
As with all health issues, we start by looking at your diet. There are some foods that have been known to lower cholesterol and they include: walnuts, onions, garlic, tofu, milk and oats.
We have put together a few pointers to help you lower the bad cholesterol levels in your body, and increase the good cholesterol levels:
Losing weight, even in small amounts, can help you lower LDL levels in your body.
According to recent studies, cutting back on sugar and carbs can help significantly lower your cholesterol, as they seem to have a much bigger impact on cholesterol levels than fats do – as was believed in the past.
There are however certain fats that do affect cholesterol levels, such as trans-fatty acids. These are found in foods that generally include “partially hydrogenated oil” on the ingredients list. These foods include things like cookies, chips and the oils used to cook fast food.
Along with eating healthy, you should get at least 15 -30 minutes of exercise a day in order to increase your blood flow, which helps decrease cholesterol build up.
Other lifestyle changes that help battle high cholesterol are getting plenty of rest and relaxation during your free time, as well as avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
After all these lifestyle changes have been made, you should look at what you can do to avoid high cholesterol levels – now as well as in the future.
- Eat some nuts everyday (Almonds, cashews and walnuts contain good fats)
- Swop out animal protein for soy protein (Eat things like tofu, soy beans or soy nuts)
- Include fresh garlic in your food regularly
- Drink more green tea
- Eat enough soluble fiber (Oats, peas, carrots, apples, beans, lentils, etc.)
- Limit refined carbs
Now we get to the easy part, supplements:
It is advisable to get a good omega-3 fatty acid supplement (fish oil capsules) along with coenzyme Q10, which is a superb antioxidant.
To really take control of your cholesterol levels, use Manna Cholesterol Support which contains all-natural substances to help lower the “bad” cholesterol and increase the “good” cholesterol.
You can also take omega-3 (Manna Salmon Oil) to help reduce inflammation, which may help to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
We also recommend a healthy diet, like the Manna Diet.