HowTo Raise Your Good Cholesterol (HDL)
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Some foods that increase your HDL
Good Cholesterol (HDL)
We've always heard how important it is to keep your cholesterol low to ward off heart attacks and strokes, but not much was said on how important it is to raise yout HDL through diet. For the record; LDL is bad cholesterol and HDL is good cholesterol. The average range of HDL is at least 35-40 mg/DL. The HDL molecule is very complex that consists of proteins, lipids and cholesterol. What takes place in our bodies is the HDL molecule scours the walls of blood vessels, and cleans out excess cholesterol of the bad kind (LDL). The higher the HDL is, the more effective and the more cholesterol is removed from the body. Remember HDL protects your heart.
The only way to determine cholesterol levels is through blood tests, which I have done as part of my physical every year. I am fortunate enough to have a HDL level of about 85, so I am thrilled.
Here are very easy and useful tips to make a part of your life to raise and keep HDL levels high.
1. Cook with olive oil as much as possible and use it in salad dressing mixed with your favorite vinegar. It is a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
2. Increase your fiber intake. Sources are legumes, fruits, cereals, vegetables, and whole grain breads.
3. Boost up your intake of chromium. Good sources of foods are, Brewer's yeast, apples with skins, fish and other seafoods. Also include liver, prunes, mushrooms and nuts.
4. Eat lots of walnuts. They are a superfood.
5. Drink orange juice According to a Canadian study, just 3 glasses per day can raise HDL by 21%.
6. Eat more fish, at least 3 servings a week. Omega-3 fatty acids have been documented to raise HDL, hands down.
7. If you drink alcohol, do it in moderation.
8. Garlic, garlic garlic. Need I say more?
9. Eat guava fruit. Studies have shown that adding guava to your diet increases HDL on average by 8 percent.
10. Make exercise a part of your life.
11. Donate blood, because doing so boosts the concentration of HDL, according to a South African Study.
12. Drop those pounds if you are overweight.
13. Give up smoking.
14. Eat dark chocolate because it slows LDL oxidation by about 8% and at the same time lifts HDL levels about 4%.
15. Eat foods high in calcium. In a New Zealand study, women taking Calcium citrate supplements raised their HDL by a good 7%. Low fat dairy and yogurt are great food sources for calcium.
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