Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is needed by your body to build cells and make vitamins and other hormones. But excess cholesterol can lead to health problems.
The cholesterol in your body comes from 2 different sources, that is your and the food you consume.
Your liver makes all the cholesterol you need. The source of the remainder of the cholesterol in your body is from the foods from animals (meat, poultry and dairy products).
Cholesterol performs a significant role in your body. The 3 major purposes cholesterol serves in our bodies include:
• It promotes the production of sex hormones.
• Cholesterol serves as a building block for human tissues.
• It helps in producing bile in the liver.
These are the 3 vital functions, all of which are influenced by the presence of cholesterol. But too much of a good thing isn’t good at all, that is to say, excess cholesterol or bad cholesterol in the body can lead to health complication
What is bad cholesterol?
Bad cholesterol also known as low-density lipoprotein occurs when that is a buildup of cholesterol in your arteries. This is when cholesterol levels in your body are high.
Bad cholesterol can be inherited, but it's often a result of unhealthy lifestyle choices such as food intake, which make it preventable and treatable. A healthy diet, regular exercise and sometimes medication can help lessen bad cholesterol risk.
Many different factors can trigger bad blood cholesterol such as smoking, an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise, hypertension or diabetes.
Some of the symptoms of bad cholesterol include.
• Angina and chest pain.
• Extreme fatigue.
• Shortness of breath.
• Pain in the neck, jaw, upper abdomen, or back.
• Numbness or coldness in your extremities.
For you to prevent bad cholesterol, start consuming these 3 things always.
Legumes such as beans are vital for lessening blood cholesterol. A study has shown that eating 1/2 cup of beans in a day for eight weeks significantly reduced both total cholesterol and bad LDL Cholesterol in your blood.
2. Omega 3 fatty acids
There's strong evidence that omega-3 fatty acids can lead to a reduction in blood triglyceride levels. There also appears to be a slight improvement in high-density lipoprotein or good cholesterol.
Different studies have shown that replacing high-fat meats with more heart-healthy proteins such as fish, beans, poultry, nuts, and low-fat dairy might help lessen heart disease. The nutrients in these forms of protein can help reduce your cholesterol and blood pressure and help you maintain a healthy weight.
Avocados are a potent source of nutrients as well as monounsaturated fatty acids. Studies have revealed that adding an avocado to your diet help enhance your heart health and can reduce cholesterol levels in people who are overweight or obese.
Regular intake of apple fruit which contains a lot of pectins can help lower your cholesterol levels.
Consume these 5 things regularly to prevent bad cholesterol.
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