Cholesterol is found in all of the cells of our body and is needed for our body to create hormones and it aids digestion. It is carried around the body in lipoproteins. There are two types of these proteins, and if there is too much of the low density type then it can cause a buildup of cholesterol in the arteries which is thought to increase the risk of heart disease.
Guggul - this is a substance which comes from the Commiphora makul plant. When taken it has been seen to reduce cholesterol by 17.5%. The recommended amount is 25mg a day. Take it for about 3 months before measuring to see if it has had any effect.
Coconut oil - if this is used as a replacement for saturated fat it can reduce cholesterol by 15-20% in the diet. Other oils such as olive oil are also good alternative and will show a cholesterol reduction as well.
Onion - If you consume about 80g of onion for five months there has been shown to be a significant reduction in cholesterol in the body. It can reduce thrombosis but only if the outer skin is used as this has the best cholesterol reducing properties.
Flax seeds - if you have up to 50g of flax seeds a day you can reduce you bad cholesterol by up to 8% and if you have high cholesterol only 38g are needed to show a 14% reduction. Flax seeds have the added benefit of providing omega 3 and are an ideal addition to cereals or salads.
Turmeric - This can reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It is an anti-oxidant too. If you add a generous teaspoonful to water and drink 2-3 times a day you will see a significant change if you body.
Brown Rice - Consuming brown rice has been shown to reduce cholesterol by over 14%. You can easily add it to homemade bread or your breakfast cereal.
Chillies - Chillies are known to be a fat burning food as it promotes your body to burn calories. Therefore it is an ideal food to eat if you are trying to lower cholesterol.
Garlic - It just take half a raw garlic clove a day to reduce cholesterol levels by 12%. If you find it hard to eat alone add it to salads or to cooked foods like stir frys, but at the end of the cooking time so it doesn't cook. It may have a strong taste but eating it every day has a lot of health advantages.
Musta - This is the root of a plant from the grass family. A powder derived from this root helped to reduced weight and lowered blood pressure in a study carried out on obese people. Two 500g capsules were given twice a day for two months. It is thought that is supresses the appetite.
Almonds - A cup of almonds a day are shown to reduce cholesterol by 10%. They are also a great source of calcium so can maintain bone density. They are great eaten raw as a snack but can also be added to cereals or drunk in the form of almond milk.
This post has been written by Sarah baker. She is fitness enthusiastic. She also writes about calcet creamy bites and other dietary supplements.