Contributed by Jason Knapfel, a content creator for DietsInReview.com, which provides the tools and information needed to shape a healthier you.
September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month.
You should always take care of your cholesterol levels, but now that cholesterol is in the spotlight, let's take a look at some foods that can lower your high cholesterol, or keep it at a healthy level.
This potent herb, affectionately referred to as "the stinking rose," will actually keep your health in full bloom for years to come. Many studies have demonstrated the benefits of regular garlic consumption for healthy cholesterol levels, not to mention blood pressure. Garlic makes for a great salt substitute as well.
Fiber is a key weapon for fighting high cholesterol. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which lowers your LDL cholesterol, which is also known as the "bad" cholesterol. Make sure to watch sugar levels, as some oatmeal is pre-sweetened.
3. Olive Oil
There are many reasons that the the Mediterranean diet has been in such high favor in recent years. One of the reasons is the love of olive oil. While you don't want to overdo it, modest usage to cook with or season your salads is healthy because olive oil contains antioxidants that lower LDL cholesterol. The Food and Drug Administration recommends about two tablespoons of olive oil a day.
4. Walnuts and Almonds
According to a recent review of 25 studies, eating an average of 67 grams of nuts every day reduces cholesterol levels by 7.4 percent. Walnuts and almonds in particular are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which help lower cholesterol levels.
5. Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Salmon is the poplar choice to get your heart-healthy omega-3s, but other fatty fish such as mackerel and albacore tuna also have omega-3 fatty acids that help lower cholesterol.