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2005-10-07

Using food to control cholesterol

Using food to control cholesterol

In summary, eat beans, oats, garlic, raw onions, fatty fish like salmon and mackeral, olive oil, almonds and walnuts, avocados, vitamin C, apples, carrots.

There are 2 types of cholesterol, the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and the high-density lipoprotein (HDL). One should eat in such a way as to lower the LDL and raise the HDL as the LDL are serve as the raw material to clog the arteries. The HDL, on the other hand, gobble up the LDL and transport them to the liver where they are annihilated.

BEANS

James Anderson, M.D., of the University of Kentuckey College of Medicine found tha eating any types of beans, including canned baked beans, lowers bad cholesterol and drives up good cholesterol. A study by John Erdman also showed that cholesterol dropped 12% when people eat food fortified with soy ingredients.

OATS

Michael C. Davidson, M.D., assistant professor of cardiology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center reported that a study showed that it take just 2 ounces of oat bran a day or twice that amount of oatmeal, to lower cholesterol 10%.

GARLIC

Many published studies show that fresh garlic and some garlic preparations lower cholesterol. In a controlled test at L.T.M. Medical College, Bombay, subjects who ate 3 raw garlic cloves every morning for 2 months have cholesterol droppping 15%,

ONION

According to Victor Gurewich, cardiologist and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, half a raw onion or equivalent in juice raised HDLs up an average 30%.

FATTY FISH

Fatty fish like salmon and mackeral contain omega-3 oil which can raise HDLs. According to Gary J. Nelson, Ph.D. of the US Department of Agriculture's Western Human Nutrition Research Center, one particular lifesaving fraction of HDL of men who ate salmon entrees for lunch and dinner for 40 days, jumped an average of 10%.

OLIVE OIL

Olive oil lowers the bad LDL as well as raises the good HDL. A study by Dr, Daniel Steinberg of the University of California found that olive oil blocks toxic oxidation of LDL cholesterol.

Books from Amazon

Controlling Cholesterol the Natural Way : Eat Your Way to Better Health with New Breakthrough Food Discoveries

Low-Cholesterol Cookbook for Dummies

Delicious Food for a Healthy Heart: Over 120 Cholesterol-Free, Low-Fat, Quick & Easy Recipes

2 comments:

Stef Levolger said...

There are 4 types of cholsterol, you forgot IDL and VLDL, these two aren't really common though.

Another way to increase HDL and lower LDL is alcohol, of course with moderation and you have to spread it over the week. But 3 glasses of alcohol a day (standard glasses) with in particular red wine help with moderating the cholesterol levels.

Besides food a good exercise does miracles as well. Both the exercise and the reduction of weight you get along with it increase the amount of HDL and reduce the amount of LDL.

Getting too much LDL will eventually prevent HDL from being able to clean it up since it has been crystalized, once that happens the chance of a myocardial infarction are becoming pretty big.

web_loafer said...

I can only imagine how bad things would be if I didn't like every food you listed here. I should be the healthiest person alive.....
I love beans, beans and beans.
Of course there has to be raw onions dumped in the steaming bowl of beans.
Garlic is a staple here. Just thought I'd say hi, and I enjoyed reading your blog.

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