Greetings to you, friends! At a young age, few people think about the problems associated with cardiovascular disorders. However, with age, many people, because of unhealthy lifestyles, lack of physical activity, and various metabolic issues, begin to put cholesterol on the walls of blood vessels. This causes the appearance of plaques that prevent normal blood flow and develops atherosclerosis. After passing the tests and performing the necessary examinations in such cases, medications and a range of measures are prescribed, one of which is a diet to lower cholesterol in the blood.
A special diet is indicated not only for patients diagnosed with heart and vascular disease, but also for all those who are at risk. Factors indicating the presence of danger for both women and men are:
- increased pressure;
- the presence of excess weight;
- varicose veins;
- diabetes mellitus of all types;
- age after 50 years;
What to eat
Good nutrition, helping to lower cholesterol, involves eating certain foods. Special attention should be given to various cereals and legumes. They are irreplaceable sources of vegetable protein. By applying potatoes and pasta as a garnish, it is very helpful to add to these ingredients such as onions, garlic, herbs and spices.
Instead of meat dishes, the fish should be cooked as often as possible. Such “fishing days” should be organized at least twice a week.
When deciding how to lower cholesterol in the blood, it is important to take care to minimize animal fat in the diet. It is necessary to exclude foods such as butter, cream and sour cream from food, and milk to use only skim milk.
You must also reduce the amount of salt. For example, salads can be filled with a mixture of vinegar and lemon juice, with the addition of vegetable oil. It’s great if, like a breakfast, it becomes a habit to use a variety of cereals. You can add fruits or vegetables to them.
For cooking meat dishes recommend using white poultry meat and low fat beef. Do not forget fresh vegetables and fruits – they are an indispensable source of vitamins, and you can use them several times a day.
There are many recipes for tasty and healthy dishes that help lower cholesterol levels. It is important to compose a daily menu of them, this will help the main option, from which you can build.
- For breakfast, a good portion of the buckwheat porridge, in which you can add a medium apple or a small orange, a cup of coffee or tea without sugar.
- As a second breakfast can be a light vegetable salad (cucumbers and tomatoes), but without mayonnaise, and freshly squeezed carrot juice.
- For lunch, you can prepare vegetable soup, chicken chops, grilled vegetables and citrus juice.
- Oatmeal will be a good afternoon tea.
- Evening meals may consist of grilled fish, preferably lean, cooked vegetables and a cup of tea.
At home, you can use proven recipes. There are many folk methods that allow you to lower cholesterol levels.
Flaxseed and linseed oil are effective in this area. They contain a large amount of omega-3 – a unique remedy for fighting high cholesterol. Flax seed is recommended to be used, adding to the food, pre-chopped. It is very important to monitor the shelf life of flaxseed oil, if it begins to be bitter – stop using immediately. The fact is that omega-3s have the property of oxidizing and becoming carcinogenic, extremely harmful to the body.
The use of lime to lower cholesterol is widespread. For this, the inflorescences are collected, dried, and then ground in a coffee grinder. The resulting powder is consumed by 2-3 teaspoons in 20 minutes before meals, three times a day. The use of the course, for thirty days, after which there should be a break in a month.
Very effective in this case is a propolis tincture of four percent. It is necessary to mix a few drops with a tablespoon of water. Take thirty minutes before meals for four months.
It is very useful to include in your diet products such as peas, beans, eggplants and celery. They struggle with excess harmful cholesterol, helping to remove it from the body. And to strengthen the walls of the vessels are very useful dill leaves and all kinds of apples. [MK]