According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 94 million adults in the United States have high cholesterol. Additionally, the CDC estimates that seven percent of children have high cholesterol. While high cholesterol increases the risk of heart attack or stroke, the CDC has reported that it can also increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Fortunately, dietary changes can help improve heart health, and these changes do not have to be overwhelming. Registered dietitians suggest that fiber can help absorb cholesterol and redirect it from the bloodstream. Foods that are rich in fiber include whole grains, oats, beans, legumes, and several fruits and vegetables.
Healthy fats, such as those found in avocados, can also help combat high cholesterol. A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that eating one avocado a day can help reduce cholesterol levels. Avocados are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can significantly reduce blood triglyceride levels, boost good cholesterol, and lower the bad.
Cardiologists suggest that plant-based diets can also help improve heart health. While many people think of vegetables when they think of plant-based diets, they should also consider snacks from the sea. Research has found that seaweed and seaweed salad can lower cholesterol because of the fiber and antioxidant content.
While dietary changes can help lower cholesterol, it is important to talk to a doctor to determine the best course of action.
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