Reports show that approximately 65% of all heart diseases are due to high cholesterol levels in the body and the reason why people have high cholesterol levels is because they do not eat enough healthy foods and they are constantly stuffing themselves with foods that have large amounts of saturated fats. These fats are very harmful for they increase the levels of the bad cholesterol in your body, that is, your low density lipoproteins (LDL). High LDL levels cause a blockage to the arteries which leads to a heart attack. For that reason, it is essential that you avoid foods that are high in cholesterol like, fried chicken, egg yolks, ice cream, chocolates, fast foods, potato chips and many more.
Maintain a diet that will lower your bad cholesterol levels and raise your good cholesterol levels, that is, the high density lipoproteins (HDL). High HDL levels are very essential to the body for they are the ones that reduce the production and absorption of your bad cholesterol. Foods like vegetables and fresh fruits are free of cholesterol and are very effective in combating high cholesterol. Formulate a cholesterol diet menu that you can use on a daily basis. Include nuts in your diet and blueberries both of which have antioxidants.
Other types of foods to include in your diet that help decrease your bad cholesterol levels and simultaneously increase your good cholesterol levels are foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like, salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel and more. A plate of oatmeal daily has the same effect as the Omega-3 fatty acids because it is rich in soluble fiber.
Natural supplements, such as, Theaflavins contained in green and black tea, Policosanol found in sugar cane, D-Limonene from orange peels and Phytosterols found in plant membranes help lower the high cholesterol levels and are even more effective if you combine the natural supplements with a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise. It is important to note that you not only are you lowering you high cholesterol in general but most especially the bad cholesterol levels are they are most harmful.