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At times your doctor might recommend a cholesterol and triglyceride lowering diet. This usually is in response to your cholesterol test showing levels of cholesterol and triglycerides that are too high. Which means an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and high blood pressure.
Statin drugs are the most common treatment for reducing your cholesterol, which have a long list of unpleasant side effects. Some side effects include muscles and joint pains, headaches, gastrointestinal complaints, fatigue and elevated liver enzymes, to name a few.
But there are better ways, a more healthier, drug-free way to lowering your high cholesterol.
I used Aroma Life essential oil to lower my cholesterol. My cholesterol levels were in the 250s and within a year of using essential oils daily along with changes to my diet it was down to 150s.
Exercise also help in the lowering of your cholesterol and triglycerides, but the best way to immediately improve your cholesterol and triglycerides levels is through your diet.
A cholesterol and triglyceride lowering diet includes a combination of certain types of foods plus exercise which has proven to be extremely effective in naturally reducing your LDL cholesterol levels.
This combination approach was completed in 2002 by a group of Canadian scientists at the University of Toronto which they called the Dietary Portfolio Approach to Cholesterol Reduction and also the Stanford University provided added support to this findings.
The diet contained foods that block the absorption of cholesterol that contain soluble fiber, plant sterols, soy foods and almonds.
Try to get as much fiber into your diet as possible. Soluble fibers help cleanse your body of bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Luckily there are several hearty, delicious foods high in fiber like oatmeal, instead of cornflakes, for breakfast or replace with a steaming bowl of barley soup for lunch.
Another sources of fiber are your veggies, fruits and any of the variety of beans and legumes available.
Garlic supplies you with antioxidant selenium, minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese; some vitamin C, B and pantothenic acid.
It's been proven that garlic do modestly reduce levels of bad cholesterol.
Every morning I add one tablespoon of ground flaxseed into my oatmeal giving it a nice nutty taste. You can add a tablespoon to your cornflakes, orange juice, milk or whatever you have every morning.
Flaxseed has been linked to increased brain function and are packed with protein - similar to the healthy amino acid profile found in soybeans and almonds, omega-3 fatty acid, iron, phosphorus, calcium, B vitamins and vitamin E.
There is also Flaxseed oil which is one of the few known plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which is great for salad dressings. I add a few cloves of chopped garlic to the flaxseed oil and whenever I am having a salad, use this mixture as my dressing.
Beans are excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, almost fat free and is a plant protein. They are loaded with minerals, vitamins, phytochemicals and antioxidants, and are ideal for promoting an even flow of glucose throughout your bloodstream.
Beans are so versatile that consuming beans reduces your risk of heart disease, help to combat hunger thereby helping you to eat less and help to regulating blood sugar controlling diabetes.
In general beans work their magic on cholesterol and triglyceride lowering diet as stated by the British Journal of Nutrition in which eleven clinical studies concluded that eating legumes lowers LDL cholesterol by seven percent.
To cut down on the gas that comes with eating beans, soak them for an hour, throw that water away, then add fresh water and bring to boil throw that water away again, rinse thoroughly then add to whatever you are cooking.
Never cook the beans in the soaking water or you defeat the purpose.
The term 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away' do apply.
Apples contain pectin - a cholesterol fighting compound, dietary fiber and antioxidants. Pectin is another type of soluble fiber, high viscous in nature, thereby lowering your LDL cholesterl.
So combining all these foods types in your daily cholesterol and triglyceride lowering diet, you are on your way to not only lowering your cholesterol levels but also your high blood pressure measurements.
All these suggestions are basically normal healthy eating habits with no harmful side effect or expensive prescription medications with most of the foods being purchased from your local supermarket.
So good luck in following this plan and sticking to it for a good quality of life.