Cholesterol Lowering Foods

Cholesterol Lowering Foods

It is claimed that dozens of foods have a cholesterol lowering effect. But there is nothing like a magic food. Most of them need to be eaten in multiple servings to be of any effect. Seafood: Though some studies found that fatty fish, like salmon and sardines, lower total and blood vessel-damaging LDL cholesterol levels (often called the “bad” cholesterol), this has been disputed by others. Still, eating fish a couple times a week is a better choice than a saturated-fat-rich piece of steak.


Garlic:  Garlic which had a reputation of being a cholesterol lowering effect has got a lot of bad press when two well-designed studies found that ingesting the equivalent of one to one and a half cloves a day, taken as supplements, didn’t make a dent in total or LDL cholesterol, nor did it affect cholesterol metabolism. While some experts still claim that whole garlic cloves may reduce cholesterol levels, critics like Dr. Tu Nguyen, assistant professor of medicine at the Mayo Medical School, are unequivocal. “Garlic’s been well studied,” Dr. Nguyen says, “and it doesn’t lower cholesterol.”

Fruits and Vegetables:  Certain fruits and vegetables are particularly rich in pectin, a soluble fiber that may help lower total and LDL cholesterol. It does its job by trapping cholesterol-containing bile acids in the intestine and ushering them out of the body. The problem is you need to eat a lot — the equivalent of six large apples a day — to get maximum benefit. Nonetheless, Pat Streicher, dietitian manager at the Jewish Hospital Cholesterol Center in Cincinnati, suggests getting three to four servings a day of water-soluble fiber foods, such as citrus fruits (especially the inner white rind), apples, berries, carrots, apricots, dates, figs, prunes, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes.

Beans:  Lima, kidney, black beans and other legumes are loaded with soluble fiber that can help curb cholesterol levels. Studies have found that eating 1½ cups of cooked beans a day can cause significant dips in total and LDL cholesterol levels. “Beans figure prominently in lowering cholesterol,” says Cyndi Reeser, lead nutritionist at George Washington University Lipid Research Center. “I highly recommend them several times a week, if not daily.”


Nuts:  Nuts are loaded with fat and calories. Yet, in several studies, eating 2 to 4 ounces a day significantly reduced total and LDL cholesterol levels. Scientists speculate these benefits may come from poly- and monounsaturated fats, which can lower cholesterol when substituted for saturated fat, and several phytochemicals, like plant sterols, that can inhibit cholesterol absorption. Almond, walnuts and pistachios are said to benefit in lowering cholesterol.

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About Manbir & Gurpreet

Gurpreet Kaur’s journey in this world .... Gurpreet Kaur was a Musician. She was a singer and a composer of music. Her interest was composing and singing Gurbani Shabads in Indian Classical style. She sang Shabads in All the Raags mentioned in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. She also taught Gurmat Sangeet at Gurmat Gian Missionary College, Jawadi, Ludhiana. Elder child to Pushpinder Kaur and Dr. Brig. Harminder Singh, was born in Amritsar on 13th Jan 1962. She attended various convent schools as a child because her father would get frequent Army postings as a dental surgeon. She graduated with Music Honors from Govt. College for Women, Chandigarh. Music was her hobby and she composed and sang Raag based Gurbani Shabads. Doing Kirtan was part of growing up nurtured by her parents. She learned music from her father Dr. Brigadier Harminder Singh who was a dental surgeon in Indian Army and a very good singer himself. Gurpreet’s Bhua (father’s sister), Ajit Kaur retied as a Head of Department of Music from Govt. College for Women Ludhiana, and was a renounced Punjabi singer of her time. Gurpreet Kaur also learned nuances of Indian Classical Music from Pandita Sharma. She was a mother of three children, and a grandmother. Her daughter Keerat Kaur is a Computer Engineer. Her two sons Gurkeerat Singh and Jaskeerat Singh are doctors in USA. Her daughter Keerat Kaur too was part of her group ~ Gurmat Gian Group. Gurpreet Kaur left this world at the age of 54yrs on 12th Sept 2016 in Baltimore USA. She had recorded around 25 cds of Gurbani Keertan. 'Raag Ratan' Album (6 CDs) is a Compilation of Shabads in All the 31 Sudh Raags of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Gauri Sagar' Album (3 CDs) is a Compilation of All forms of Raag Gauri in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Nanak Ki Malhaar' ~ ((3 CDs) is an album of Raag Malhar Shabads in various forms of Malhar. 'Gur Parsaad Basant Bana' ~ (3 CDs) is an album of Shabads in Raag Basant sung in various forms of Raag Basant. Har Ki Vadeyai Sarni Aayea Sewa Priya Kee Preet Piyaree Mohan Ghar Aavho Karo Jodariya Mo Kao Taar Le Raama Taar Le Tere Kavan Kavan Gun Keh Keh Gawan Mera Baid Guru Govinda Saajanrraa Mera Saajanrraa

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