lowers LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) - oatmeal, oatbran, apples, pears, psyllium, barley and prunes
- almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, pepitas, sunflower seeds contain oils that help reduce cholesterol
- research indicates that the oils in fish, also known as, Omega-3 fatty acids reduces cholesterol, blood pressure and the risk of developing blood clots. Fish oil will help reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (cholesterol).
- the phytosterols are components of plant cells. Sterols and stanols are similar to animal cholesterol and will block absorption of cholesterol from the digestive system. Foods like yogurt, low fat milk, cereals, fruit juices, and margarine are being fortified with plant sterols. Phytosterols occur naturally in vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains, and nuts. The amounts available through food only are not sufficient to effect cholesterol levels. 2grams per day is the minimum recommendation for sterols and stanols.
- Plant sterol supplements - block absorption of cholesterol
- Red Rice Yeast - contains compounds called monacolins that inhibit cholesterol synthesis and inhibitors HMG-CoA reductase.
- Guggul - herb used in ayruvedic medicine , improves binding of LDL in the liver and excreting it from the body.