A high cholesterol level is among the top most predisposing factors to development and exacerbation of cardiac disorders. This is because cholesterol accumulates on blood vessels, narrowing their lumen and subsequently reducing the supply of blood to the heart and other parts of the body. It is therefore important that the levels of cholesterol in the body are reduced to safe levels. Generally, this is a total cholesterol level of below 200mg, but this is subject to variation because of genetic and clinical variations among individuals. Of note however is that High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) are good for your body and are known as the good cholesterol and the Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) are the ones harmful to your body, and are consequently known as the bad cholesterol. While there are medical methods of reducing cholesterol, such as the use of drugs known as statins, natural methods offer safer and more cost effective methods to reduce cholesterol naturally. Below is a detailed list on the various ways to cut down on the cholesterol levels in the body naturally
Adoption of unsaturated fats is the first step towards reducing your cholesterol levels. These are fats that are derived from plants. The major contributors to cholesterol build-up in the body are trans fats, dietary fats and saturated fats. Trans fats refer to the fats that have been partially or wholly hydrogenated while dietary and saturated fats refer to those fats that are derived from animals. Popular among those that make packaged baked products and among fast food retailers because they prolong shelf life and are reusable respectively, trans fats are detrimental to your health. While they are lesser contributors compared to trans fats, dietary and saturated fats e.g. fats from eggs, lard oil, butter and red meat still play a major role in elevating cholesterol levels.
As such, switching to unsaturated fats is highly recommended. These include; sunflower oil, canola oil, grape seed oil, peanut oil among others. Another excellent source of unsaturated fats is the omega-3 oils. These oils derived from fish e.g. mackerel, tuna, salmon are healthy alternatives to the saturated fats. You should also consider changing your margarine spread, preferably to one that has been fortified with sterols.