7 Tips to Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

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Cholesterol has several essential functions in your body. Your liver is responsible for secreting the required quantity of cholesterol in your body. Cholesterol is vital for the hormone secretion in your body and also helps keep your cell walls flexible.

Here are a few natural ways which can help you increase good cholesterol(HDL) and lower bad cholesterol(LDL).

 
 

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1.Monounsaturated Fats

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Avocado, olive oil, canola oil and tree nuts contain monounsaturated fats. They help in reducing LDL, increase HDL and reduce the production of oxidants that contribute to the clogging of arteries.

2.Omega-3s

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Polyunsaturated fats can be very healthy for your heart and reduce the risk of diabetes as well. Omega -3s are a rich source of polyunsaturated fats that are very beneficial for you.

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3.Soluble Fiber

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Lentils, peas, psyllium, whole grains, fruits, beans and oats are a very good source of soluble fiber. They help in nourishing the healthy probiotic gut bacteria in your stomach while reducing the level of LDL and VLDL in the process.

4.Exercise

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Any physical workout that burns calories in your body helps stabilize your cholesterol level and keep your heart healthy. You can derive wonderful health benefits by making your workout sessions intense and longer.

5.Don’t Smoke

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Smoking hinders the ability of your body to make the cholesterol reach your liver and break it down for processing. It decreases the good HDL in your body and also increases the bad lipoproteins. These effects start reverting the moment you stop smoking.

6.Lose Weight

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Losing weight helps by reducing the total cholesterol count in your body and simultaneously decreasing the secretion of new cholesterol by your liver. Apart from this losing weight and staying in your BMI has several health benefits.

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7.Supplements

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Supplements derived from fish oil and soluble fiber such as psyllium are considerable to achieve a low level of cholesterol which in turn reduce the risk of heart disease. Though Coenzyme Q10 supplement is suggested to reduce cholesterol level, the fact that it prevents heart disease remains unclear.


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