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10 Foods That Help Lower Cholesterol

10 Foods That Help Lower Cholesterol

In drugged America (or is it drunk America? Hmm, that’s a toss up), Americans are blindly medicating when really the answer is a simple change of diet and exercise. With 1 in 5 Americans testing high for cholesterol it’s no wonder cholesterol-fighting drugs are the most popular ones on the market. Lipitor is the most prescribed cholesterol lowering medicine world-wide; and though it is handed out like candy, there can be some nasty side effects when taking these kind of drugs including, aggression, hostility, headaches, muscle pain, and diarrhea.

On the other hand, eliminating high fat processed foods and eating whole grains and vegetables instead can easily lower high cholesterol. To help control high cholesterol levels due to genetic factors recent studies suggest that a more natural approach would be to take a red rice yeast extract along with eating a whole foods diet and adding exercise. However, when transitioning on to a higher quality diet make sure to have your medical practitioner monitor your statin levels, as you will need less and less until they become a distant memory.

The following list are specific foods known to help cleanse cholesterol build-up in the arteries and heart. This is due to their high levels of fiber, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Lecithin, Vitamin E, C, Niacin and Rutin.

Legumes: beans, lentils, tofu, tempeh, mung and soybeans and their sprouts (Non-GMO).

Whole Grains: buckwheat, rye, amaranth, quinoa rice, and sprouted hard winter wheat.

Vegetables: radish, horseradish, hot peppers, onions, garlic, leek, scallion, shallot, chive, leafy greens, cabbage, spinach, carrot greens, kale, broccoli, parsley, asparagus, bell pepper, celery, sea vegetables, cucumber, chlorella, mushrooms.

Fruits: citrus, tomato, rose hip, banana, and persimmon.

Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, hazelnut, flax seed, chia seed, pumpkin seed, poppy seed, walnut, sunflower sprouts.

Fish: sardine, salmon, mackerel, and deep or cold-water fish.

Raw honey and Bee Pollen

Herbs: Hawthorne berry, dandelion root, burdock root, chaparral, peppermint (for heart palpitations and strengthening heart muscle), cayenne pepper, ginger, rhubarb root, yarrow, chamomile, motherwort, valerian.

Oils: Naturally you will want to avoid the so-called “bad saturated fats” and focus on getting a balance of the “good fats”, such as the Omega-9, Olive, Hazelnut, Almond and Sesame oils; and the Omega-3 and 6, Walnut and Grapeseed oils. It has been proven that a balanced intake of Omega-3 and 6 oils along with high levels of Omega-9 significantly reduce the risk of dying from a cardiovascular related disease.

Most importantly eat a wide variety of whole foods to insure you receive all the essential nutrients you need to keep your body strong, healthy and drug free.

Related Links:
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Delia Quigley

Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: brcleanse.blogspot.com and. To view her website go to www.deliaquigley.com

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3:04AM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

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3:38AM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

Thank you.

2:45AM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

Thank you :)

4:03AM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

will pass these informations to my mum, thanks!

5:05AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

Much better than pills or else

7:44AM PDT on May 10, 2013

good resource. enough choices in case you don't like all these foods.

9:42AM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

Thanks a lot for share! :)

10:43AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

Great!

10:07AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

11:31AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

I thought this article was absolutely great! I am so glad that you gave such a simple easy to read list of foods for people to follow. People could actually just print out the second page of the article and use it for a reference. It is amazing what the right foods can do for your cholesterol. I have seen people be able to stop taking their cholesterol meds simply because they ate the right foods and lowered it naturally. Great article!

Danielle
http://madefromacai.com/acai/pulse

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