Nuts To Cholesterol

This post was written by admin on June 29, 2010
Posted Under: Dieting,Healthy body,treatments,Vitamin C,Vitamins


If you like eating nuts and have high cholesterol then some good news for you this week is that by eating more nuts you can now officially say nuts to cholesterol, as eating as little as 70 grams of nuts a day can help to lower your total levels of cholesterol. Even better, as you know we have good and bad cholesterol in our bodies, the nuts will work to reduce your bad LDL cholesterol and improve the ratio of good HDL cholesterol in us.

Why you should add nuts to your diet.

Just 70g of nuts a day can help to reduce your cholesterol levels.

Just 70g of nuts a day can help to reduce your cholesterol levels.

It has long since been suspected that nuts can help us to control the levels of cholesterol in our bodies and a recent report (Archives of Internal Medicine May 2010), collating the results of 25 clinical trials, now offers conclusive proof. Apparently just 68 grams of any kind of nut(s) a day is associated with a drop in bad cholesterol of 10.4 milligrams per deciliter, approximately a 7.4% drop, and a 10.9mg/dl overall drop in total cholesterol levels equivalent to a 5.1% overall fall. The reason is quite simple, nuts are rich in unsaturated fats which are essential in reducing bad cholesterol levels. Nuts are also a great source of protein and also contain fiber to help fight cholesterol and phytosterols which will absorb cholesterol. One thing to be wary of when eating nuts to combat cholesterol is to stay away from things like salted peanuts, as a high salt content could be bad for your heart in other ways!

What else will help to reduce cholesterol?

Other health supplements you can take to help prevent high cholesterol levels include things like vitamin E and C vitamin supplements, while a mineral supplement of Chromium is also known to reduce bad and raise good cholesterol levels if you eat highly refined diet. Whilst the soluble fiber obtained from eating oats can be highly beneficial in reducing cholesterol levels, eating oats is not to everyones taste. However, the health supplement Beta-sitosterol is a viable alternative in reducing the absorption of cholesterol from food and bile discharges from the liver into the intestine. A dosage of 300mg twice a day is usually recommended.

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