Cholesterol is a waxy substance produced by the liver and found in some foods. It plays a vital role in how every cell works, is essential in a process of Vitamin D synthesis and takes part in production of some hormones and bile for digestion.
Cholesterol is present in two types – HDL, known as “good cholesterol” and LDL known as “bad cholesterol”. While HDL cholesterol helps to reduce the risk of heart disease by maintaining the health of blood vessels, when the level of LDL cholesterol gets too high, it will slowly clog your arteries, inhibiting proper circulation and increasing your risk of heart attacks, blood clots, and strokes. Although your doctor might advise you to take certain medications (statins) you can fight high cholesterol yourself by following these 10 simple remedies.
1. Cut on trans fats
Trans fats are the worst kind of fats that will make your LDL cholesterol rise to abnormally high levels. They will potentially make you more prone to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver disorders. Trans fats are present in most ready-made products, fried foods, and baked goods. You will find them mostly in margarines, fries, doughnuts and cakes, but you should be checking all labels to make sure that there are no trans fats included. Replace margarine with spread based on plant sterols and stanols, which can cut LDL cholesterol by close to 15%.