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As a result, we need to understand the importance of keeping our bad cholesterol as low as possible. Fortunately, the website RealAge.com has identified a number of foods that appear to lower our bad cholesterol ... when they are eaten on a regular basis.
Foods That Lower Cholesterol
Orange Juice that is sterol-fortified (or sterol fortified margarine, milk, soymilk, and other foods)
Olive Oil -- about 2 tablespoons a day
Steamed Asparagus, as well as beets, carrots, eggplant, okra, green beans or cauliflower
Oatmeal -- enough to get at least 5 grams of soluble fiber a day
Pinto Beans -- half a cup every day
Blueberries -- they can be fresh, frozen or freeze dried.
Tomatoes -- aim for about half a cup of tomato sauce a day.
Dark Chocolate -- Only about 1 ounce a day, containing 70% cocoa. What a wonderful way to end a day's menu full of these other delicious foods!
When I read this list, I realized that I eat everything on it ... sometimes. There wasn't a single food that I had chosen to eat consistently every day, not even the chocolate. This is probably one reason why I have found it necessary to begin taking a low dose of a statin now that I am in my 60's.
Since learning this information, I have switched to eating oatmeal for breakfast, treating myself to a small bit of dark chocolate every day, and trying to make sure that I eat one or two other things from the list, as well. At the very least, these choices may help keep my arteries clear and could help be stay on a low dose statin.
Fortunately, we have statins available to help make up for our sometimes unhealthy eating patterns or a hereditary tendency to manufacture too much cholesterol. However, even if you are prescribed a statin, you should still try to include as many of these foods as possible in your diet, too. You may be able to use a lower dosage of statins if you make an effort to lower your bad cholesterol naturally!
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Source for foods that lower cholesterol: http://www.realage.com/health-guides/foods-to-lower-cholesterol?src=edit&chan=health-guides&con=lm-article#fbIndex11