“Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can cure your patient with food”. This is a very famous quote of the Father of Western medicine, Hippocrates. Foods that we digest have big influence on human body systems; therefore, be smart and careful before choosing low cholesterol diet foods for yourself. Make sure you eat more of the following foods as part of your plan:
- High-fiber foods: soluble fiber can reduce the LDL levels, and also the absorption of cholesterol in your bloodstream. Foods containing fiber are: oatmeal, oat bran, kidney beans, apples, pears, barley, prunes, soy, fruits, and vegetables.
- Fish: eating fishes means you’re consuming omega-3 fatty acids which can reduce your blood pressure and risk of developing blood clots. Fishes recommended are: salmon, tuna, mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, halibut.
- Nuts: are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids which can reduce LDL cholesterol, and keep your blood vessels strong. Nuts that should be in your menu are: walnuts, almonds, peanuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, pine nuts,… Please just add a small amount of nuts in your meals daily, and eat without salt or sugar.
Research also shows that green tea, oils, fruit juice, and cocoa are helpful for high cholesterol patient. Make sure that you balance these foods appropriately, and consult the doctor if needed.