Lifestyle modifications and drugs may lower cholesterol. Diet also greatly reduces elevated cholesterol. These 6 heart-healthy meals may help maintain good cholesterol and reduce cardiovascular disease risk.
Legumes, like beans, lentils, and chickpeas, are rich in soluble fibre and vegetable protein. Soluble fibre forms a gel-like substance in your digestive tract, binding with cholesterol and whisking it away from your body.
Nuts boast abundant monounsaturated fats, with almonds and others rich in L-arginine a key amino acid that aids in nitric oxide production, assisting blood pressure regulation.
Apples contain compounds called polyphenols, which may also have a positive impact on cholesterol levels.
Garlic: Allicin, a compound in garlic not only gives garlic its characteristic kick but also contributes to cholesterol management by potentially reducing total cholesterol and 'bad' LDL cholesterol levels.
Whole grains are linked to a lower risk of heart disease. Oats and barley provide beta-glucan, a soluble fibre that is very effective at lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol.
Dark leafy greens, such as kale and spinach, contain lutein and other carotenoids, which are linked to a lower risk of heart disease.
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