Top 12 Ways to Naturally Control Cholesterol

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5. Oatmeal

If you are looking for ways to lower your cholesterol easily, then change your breakfast to oatmeal! Two servings of oatmeal each day can lower your bad (LDL) cholesterol by as much as 5.3 percent in only 6 weeks’ time. The substance in oats that helps lower cholesterol is beta-glucan. It absorbs that bad cholesterol so your body can eliminate it.

 

6. Red Wine

It’s time to drink to your health! High fiber grapes, such as Tempranillo red grapes, can have a significant effect on your cholesterol levels. A study conducted in Spain showed that when people consumed supplements from red grapes (the same grapes as used in wine) their bad cholesterol levels dropped by 9 percent! This study was conducted at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. In fact, researchers found that those who had very high cholesterol levels when they began this study had as much as a 12 percent decrease in their LDL levels.

 

7. Nuts

This is a great way to get cracking on lowering your cholesterol! The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study which showed that subjects who consumed 1.5 ounces of walnuts 6 days a week for a period of 4 weeks ended up lowering their total cholesterol levels by 5.4 percent and LDL cholesterol by an incredible 9.3 percent! Cashews and almonds are also good choices. Eat them in moderation, however, as they are high in calories. All it takes is 1 to 1.5 ounces each day to make a dent in your cholesterol.

 

8. Fatty Fish

Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the natural health wonders from Mother Nature. These vital fatty acids have been shown again and again to offer protection from heart disease, dementia, joint pain, and other types of diseases. Loma Linda University found that when saturated fats were replaced with omega-3, cholesterol levels were lowered by as much as 4 percent. You can find omega-3s in many types of cold water, fatty fish such a sardines, herring, and wild salmon.

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