Heart Disease Symptoms: Eating Garlic Could Help CURE High Cholesterol
HEART disease is one of the risks associated with high cholesterol. However there are natural ways of reducing the symptoms of the common condition, also known to raise the risk of circulatory problems and peripheral arterial disease.
The latest statistics reveal that one in two adults in the UK will suffer from high cholesterol at some point in their lives.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance known as a lipid and is vital for normal body function.
However, having an excessively high level of them can have an adverse effect on your health.
It can lead to circulatory problems, peripheral arterial disease and heart disease.
High cholesterol is caused by a poor diet full of saturated fats from from animal products, and trans fat found in processed foods, as well as a lack of exercise.
Statins can be prescribed, but for many people they can trigger unpleasant side-effects.
However, there are ways to help lower it using natural methods.
Up your fibre
It’s not only beneficial for digestion, but it can help lower cholesterol levels when eaten as part of a diet low in saturated fat.
Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist at Superfood UK, said: “Make sure your diet is rich in beans, oats, flaxseed and oat bran as this may help lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein, or ‘bad’, cholesterol levels.
“Studies also have shown that high-fibre foods may have other heart-health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and inflammation.”
One of the main causes of high cholesterol is a sedentary lifestyle.
Even an extra two hours a week - or 30 minutes a day - can go a long way to reducing levels.
Research has found that garlic can lower cholesterol, and help to reduce blood stickiness - meaning to keep the blood flowing normally and prevent clots.
Try adding a slice of garlic to boiling water with lemon in the morning.
Invest in red yeast rice
Barns explained: “Red yeast rice is a natural substance created by fermenting red rice with a type of yeast called Monascus purpureus.
“The fermentation process produces a substance called monacolin K, which has been found to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. It may help lower both total and LDL “bad” cholesterol.
“Try it in supplement form with Nature’s Plus’ new Source of Life Garden Red Yeast Rice.”
Oily fish such as mackerel and salmon contain omega-3 fatty acids which help to prevent abnormal blood clotting.
Dr Marilyn Glenville, a nutritionist, said: “The use of Omega 3 fish oils has been shown to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease and heart attacks.
“The anti-inflammatory effects they have on the body are very important in prevention of heart disease and lowering cholesterol.”
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