Diagnosed with high cholesterol? Here’s how your diet can play a vital role in helping reduce this to acceptable levels.
We present a list of top three food groups that should form an essential part of your diet to help reduce bad cholesterol.
- Soluble fibre rich foods* – soluble fibre binds to LDL (bad cholesterol) in the intestine and prevents it from being absorbed by the body. Soluble fibre also binds to bile produced by the liver and helps in excreting it. This means that the liver needs to use LDL to produce more bile, which automatically brings down cholesterol levels in the body. Methi is a good example of soluble fibre rich foods, along with foods like oats and spinach.
- Foods high in Omega3 fatty acids – Omega3 fatty acids are necessary to help maintain the health of the heart. Foods such as flaxseed (linseed) oil, olive oil and non-vegetarian foods such as fish can provide your body with essential Omega3 fatty acids.
- Fruits and vegetables – A healthy, balanced intake of fruits and vegetables is beneficial for health since they contain fibre, vitamins and protective anti-oxidants that prevent oxidation of LDL and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Further, some additional lifestyle changes that can help include exercising, quitting smoking and maintaining optimal weight. Please consult your Doctor for more information on these lifestyle changes.
*Nutrova’s Functional Fibre contains soluble fibre and can help provide you with your daily recommended dose of fibre to help reduce cholesterol levels