Lowering cholesterol naturally need not be as tough or intimidating as it may first sound, for with a few adjustments to dietary habits, results can be seen very quickly.
People wondering how to lower cholesterol levels often find themselves worried or confused about what they will need to remove or limit within their diet. Cholesterol naturally occurs in many foods, but it is that which occurs in products high in saturated fats that cause serious problems.
Fatty and processed meats, pastry, hard cheese, sugary cakes and butter are a few of the main offenders, but the good news is that they can be easily replaced with many delicious alternatives.
For lowering cholesterol naturally, it's important to consume a diet that is high in fiber, and comprised of foods with a low glycemic load and contains plenty of cholesterol fighting omega 3 oils.
It is worth adding here that it's important to avoid cooking with excessive oil as this alone can undo the positives of a better diet; try and bake, grill, and poach instead of frying or roasting.
The only exception to this is that the natural antioxidants in olive oils (especially extra virgin) help reduce cholesterol levels, so drizzle lightly over salads or use a small amount to fry with; remember it's packed with calories!
Enjoying a high fiber diet is very important as fiber has been shown to actively reduce cholesterol levels.
Foods rich in soluble fiber also happen to be those that are naturally low fat and contain plenty of vitamins, so try to consume the likes of oatmeal, barley, beans, pears, apples and lentils to name just a few.
Also eat as many fruits and vegetable as possible; they are low in calories and low in fat.
A handful of Peanuts, walnuts, pecans and pistachios are a few varieties worth eating a day provided they aren't coated with sugar or salt; and in moderation given the high calorie count.
Using the right herbs when cooking or seasoning is another way of lowering cholesterol naturally, and perhaps unsurprisingly nature has provided us with a wealth of options.
Some of the more common and best to use are turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, fenugreek and soy which is good news for those who enjoy their curries and Chinese meals.
The jury is still out on how much garlic specifically addresses cholesterol levels, but as a natural antioxidant; it also aids digestion and should be a part of any healthy diet.
It's no coincidence that countries that eat plenty of fruits, grains, vegetables and fiber are those that also happen to have the lowest worldwide incidence of heart disease and the best rates of male and female longevity.