Suara.com – There is cholesterol both called HDL and bad cholesterol called LDL and glycerides. Elevated LDL levels can lead to a build-up of fat in the arteries which causes blockage of blood flow to the heart.
Cholesterol levels can be maintained by increasing fiber intake, reducing saturated fat, adding plant foods, eating less processed foods and reducing trans fats in the diet.
Recent studies report that high cholesterol levels are found in nearly 25 to 30 percent of the urban population and nearly 15 to 20 percent of the rural population. Therefore, it is important to eat foods rich in nutrients.
Launching from Times of India, Bipin Kumar Dubey, HOD Dan Consultant, Cardiology, Manipal HCMCT Hospital, Dwarka, New Delhi suggests the following drinks to control cholesterol levels, including:
1. Green tea
Green tea is an excellent source of antioxidants. This intake contains catechins and epigallocatechin gallate.
Drinking green tea helps lower LDL and total cholesterol levels. Black tea has lower catechins than the green variant.
2. Tomato juice
Tomatoes have a good amount of lycopene, which is an antioxidant that helps protect against cell damage. The interesting thing about tomatoes is that their processing can help increase the lycopene content in them.
Tomatoes also contain niacin and cholesterol-lowering fiber. A study showed 280ml per day for 2 months significantly increased cholesterol levels.
3. Soy milk
Soy milk is low in saturated fat. Replacing regular creamer and high-fat milk with soy milk can help in cholesterol management.
Moderate consumption of alcohol can increase HDL levels in the blood. Red wine can be the alcohol of choice because it has antioxidant properties.
Studies reveal that moderate consumption of red wine can not only lower cholesterol levels but also help prevent certain heart diseases.
However, keep in mind that heavy drinking can be counterproductive as it can increase bad cholesterol levels. Therefore, drinking in moderation can help where women are advised to drink 1 alcoholic drink per day and for men 2 alcoholic drinks per day.