Many Americans struggle with high cholesterol levels, leaving them vulnerable to heart failure, heart attacks and other detrimental issues. Unfortunately, all too often medication is offered as a solution, without any look into one’s daily diet. And while certain medications are helpful and at times necessary, food can play a big role in lowering harmful cholesterol and preventing an increase in levels of LDL, which contributes to artery-clogging atherosclerosis.
The best approach for optimal health is to increase intake of foods that lower LDL cholesterol, and cut back on foods that boost LDL.
By increasing soluble fiber, polyunsaturated fats and other foods that block the body from absorbing cholesterol you can prevent potential risks involved with increased LDL. Here are the superfoods we turn to to do just that!
Pecan Butter: Pecans have a high percentage of monounsaturated fatty acids, mainly oleic acid, which is credited with lowering LDL cholesterol while not affecting the HDL. Pecans also contain more than 19 different vitamins and minerals, including zinc and iron, and are good sources of vitamin E, potassium, and magnesium. Use it on toast, in a smoothie, or by the spoonful!
Shiitake Mushroom Powder: Animal studies conducted recently show that another substance found in Organic Shitake Mushroom Powder, eritadenine, can lower cholesterol levels in the body, regardless of diet. It works dose for dose in combating high cholesterol foods, with increasing amounts of Shitake Mushroom Powder yielding a proportional reduction in cholesterol. Use it in coffee, tea or a smoothie.
Flaxseed powder: Flax Seeds are an incredible source of fiber, with each serving containing 100 times more fiber than an equivalent serving of wheat bran, the next highest plant-based source. As mentioned, fiber can reduce your LDL cholesterol. Use it in a smoothie bowl, baked goods or trail mix.
Spirulina powder: Spirulina Powder is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It has been reported to keep cholesterol levels in check and to lower blood pressure. Use it in a smoothie, or in a glass of water with a squeeze of fresh lemon.
Goldenberries: Research has shown that the goldenberry aids in total body healing. Our Organic Dried Goldenberries help to increase metabolism, lower cholesterol, and promote good circulation, all of which are health benefits that are a great source of support for those suffering from weight issues. Goldenberries also make a great snack for diabetics because they do not elevate blood sugar like some other fruits.