Keeping cholesterol levels in check can be a problem for many. However, there are some delicious foods that help fight cholesterol naturally. Here are a few of them—organic and non-GMO, of course:
Almonds: The high monounsaturated fat content and vitamin E content in almonds make them good options for helping to manage cholesterol.
Apples: Eating two apples a day can help lower cholesterol by as much as 16 percent, according to research. The pectin in apples is thought to be responsible for this amazing effect.
Artichokes: The leaves of artichokes contain compounds which inhibit HMG-CoA reductase, helping to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and to raise good cholesterol (HDL).
Avocados: Containing a compound called beta-sitosterol, avocados—in human studies—have been cited as lowering cholesterol levels by as much as 17 percent after just a week of eating avocados.
Blueberries: Compounds found in blueberries help to lower cholesterol in ways that rival statins, but without harmful side effects—according to research in mice.
Brussels sprouts: The high fiber content of Brussels sprouts binds with bile acids the liver produces from cholesterol for digesting fat. This results in lowering cholesterol.
Celery: Containing pthalides, which increase bile acid secretion, celery helps to lower cholesterol, too.
Cherries: A University of Michigan study says that adding cherries to the diet can reduce cholesterol and lower additional risk factors for heart disease, including managing unhealthy inflammation levels and body fat levels.
Cinnamon: Adding half a teaspoon of cinnamon daily can help lower LDL cholesterol.
Dark chocolate: A favorite of many, dark chocolate can help lower LDL cholesterol by as much as 10 percent. Yummy!
Lentils, chickpeas and other legumes: You can thank the high fiber content in lentils and other legumes for making them natural cholesterol-lowering foods.
Olive oil: Olive oil contains natural antioxidants called polyphenols, which have a positive effect on cholesterol as well as other heart disease risk factors.
Red wine: Red wine contains resveratrol and saponins which, in studies, have been shown to lower LDL.
Zucchini: The fiber in zucchini is also what makes zucchini a cholesterol-managing food.
We think these are some colorful, delicious ways to fight cholesterol naturally!