You’ve probably heard that Cholesterol is very very bad for your heart health right? This is very right. But…
There are two important things to note when it comes to Cholesterol:
1. Not all cholesterol is bad for your health.
2. We all need cholesterol. It is good for a proper functioning heart.
The good cholesterol which is also known as High Density Lipoprotein or HDL is very necessary for your health as it helps protects your heart. How does this work? HDL carries excess cholesterol back to the liver. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties which boosts our organs health. You need cholesterol to be healthy!
So how does one get to consume this good cholesterol?
Eat nuts, seeds, vegetable oils and oily fish as these are mono-unsaturated fat rich foods. They are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which provide healthy lipids that protect your heart.
Eat fruits like apples, pears, oranges and strawberries, whole grains, legumes and vegetables like asparagus, spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots and artichokes as these foods are high in soluble fibre and work by slowing down the absorption of the bad cholesterol.
Eat legumes, berries, natural spices and seasonings, black chocolate and green tea as they are rich in antioxidants and they prevent formation of free radicals and maintain health y cells. These foods also provide polyphenols in the body which increase good cholesterol.
Eat these foods accompanied by exercise and see how your heart compensates you by living a long healthy life. Also, avoid junk food