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7 foods that lower cholesterol naturally

Is the fear of a heart attack giving you sleepless nights? Then, maybe it’s time to control that nasty cholesterol. We know you’ve tried all kinds of medicines and clinical approaches, but sometimes all you need is a good dose of natural therapy.

Controlling and reducing cholesterol in a natural manner is easiest and simplest. Regular workouts can be the start you’ve been looking for in your fight against a heart attack. This, coupled with a controlled diet is the best solution. It all boils down to eating seven right foods in correct proportions.

So why wait? Let’s see those seven wonderful food items that can help keep your cholesterol levels down.

1. Oats                                                                                                                                                              

 Breakfast, being the first meal of the day, is also the most important. So why not start your wholesome diet from there itself? Eating oats regularly can help you keep your cholesterol in control. A bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, and things will start falling back on track by themselves!

2. Beans
Beans have high protein content and are very beneficial for cholesterol-related problems. To begin with, they help reduce bad cholesterol LDL by almost 8 per cent. Besides, since they score high in fibre content, they manage to detoxify your body.

3. Spinach
Popeye’s favourite food reduces the chances of a heart attack and supplies you with iron and vitamins. This wonder vegetable can be used extensively in your diet with interesting results. Combine it with veggies like corn and carrots to make a salad or mix it with some pasta and white sauce for a delicious and filling meal.

4. Garlic
Eating three cloves of garlic at dinner is sure to rid you of your problems — not only is it a natural aphrodisiac but it’s also known to reduce cholesterol levels. Eating garlic regularly for just eight weeks can reduce the level of cholesterol in your body by 10 per cent.

5. Almonds
Dry fruits like almonds are a great way to keep the nasty, artery-blocking cholesterol at bay. But don’t overdo them or you’ll end up with a flabby tummy. Pop two to three pieces a day as a snack or add them to your meals to keep full and keep the cholesterol from causing havoc to your life.

6. Apples
According to research conducted by the Florida State University, two apples a day can lower cholesterol level by 16 per cent! This remarkable effect is one of the many qualities of apples. No wonder people say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Snow White’s not the only one who loves apples; you should make them your best friends too.

7. Chocolate
Now, no need to resist the sinful temptation of chocolate anymore. Dark chocolates can reduce cholesterol levels by 10 per cent and so eating them in small proportions can help you in more ways than just keeping your tastebuds happy. Keep in mind though that too much of anything is bad.

So as you can see, keeping cholesterol under check does not demand a drastic lifestyle change. All you need to do is alter your food habits slightly. And since high levels of cholesterol pose such a life threatening situation, we think it’s high time that you stop overlooking it. Here’s to a healthy lifestyle!

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