LOWER YOUR CHOLESTEROL NOW!!!

Diet can play an important role in lowering your cholesterol. Here are five foods that can lower your cholesterol and protect your heart.
Can a bowl of oatmeal help lower your cholesterol? How about a handful of walnuts or even a baked potato topped with some heart-healthy margarine? A few simple tweaks to your diet — like these, along with exercise and other heart-healthy habits — may be helpful in lowering your cholesterol.
1. Oatmeal, oat bran and high-fiber foods
Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad,” cholesterol. Soluble fiber is also found in such foods as kidney beans, apples, pears, barley and prunes.
2. Fish and omega-3 fatty acids
Eating fatty fish can be heart healthy because of its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce your blood pressure and risk of developing blood clots. In people who have already had heart attacks, fish oil — or omega-3 fatty acids — reduces the risk of sudden death.
3. Walnuts, almonds and other nuts
Walnuts, almonds and other nuts can reduce blood cholesterol. Rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, walnuts also help keep blood vessels healthy.
4. Olive oil
Olive oil contains a potent mix of antioxidants that can lower your “bad” (LDL) cholesterol but leave your “good” (HDL) cholesterol untouched.
5. Foods with added plant sterols or stanols
Foods are now available that have been fortified with sterols or stanols — substances found in plants that help block the absorption of cholesterol.
Margarines, orange juice and yogurt drinks with added plant sterols can help reduce LDL cholesterol by more than 10 percent.






Juice your Bad Cholesterol Out!

If you have high total cholesterol, seeking natural and dietary remedies for reducing your level of “bad” cholesterol and raising your level of “good” cholesterol can help improve your long-term heart health. Certain fruit juices are recommended for improving your cholesterol levels. Although the evidence is not certain, these juices may provide benefits with relatively few risks.
Cholesterol is a substance that’s needed by the body and is produced within the body and consumed in foods. There are two types of cholesterol in the body: HDL or “good” cholesterol and LDL or “bad” cholesterol. It’s the level of each and the balance of the two that’s important for heart health, according to the American Heart Association. It’s important for your doctor to monitor these levels for you.
Several juices are thought to have positive effects on cholesterol levels. In particular, pomegranate, grape and cranberry juice may help raise “good” cholesterol levels or lower “bad” cholesterol levels. These fruits contain antioxidants, such as polyphenols in the case of pomegranates, that are thought to improve cholesterol levels.
Fortified Juices – Other carefully chosen juices may help lower your “bad,” or LDL, cholesterol levels. Look for juices and foods that have been fortified with plant sterols or stanals, which block cholesterol absorption. Orange juice, in particular, can be found with these substances added and has been shown to reduce LDLs by more than 10 percent. At least two 8-oz. servings of fortified orange juice per day is required to achieve this result.