Looking for effective, natural ways to lower your cholesterol levels?
As you might already know, fruit and vegetables are known to be of major help.
But here’s the thing:
If like me, you’re on the go it can be really difficult to fit in enough servings to make a big difference.
There is one easy way around this though…
Making sure that your smoothies contain the kind of ingredients known to reduce LDL cholesterol (the “bad” kind)!
Not sure what “good” and “bad” cholesterol is? Here’s a 3-minute video that solves the mystery:
I’ve researched this a lot and I’m really excited to share ways you can help to lower your own levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol - through the ingredients you use in your smoothies.
Some of these foods will also work to increase “good” HDL cholesterol levels too. How cool is that?
Here’s what you need to know about cholesterol, plus some delicious smoothie recipes to help lower your cholesterol levels.
The Health Effects of High Cholesterol
What happens if the level of "bad" cholesterol in your blood is too high?
You’re more at risk of heart disease, for starters. There are several blood markers that make you more likely to develop heart disease, one of which is cholesterol.
A high amount of cholesterol in your blood can lead to hardened arteries, which can become narrower and restrict the flow of blood to the heart.
This in turn affects the amount of oxygen that can reach the heart. Heart attacks occur if it gets completely cut off.
There aren’t any obvious symptoms for high cholesterol so you won’t necessarily know if you’re affected by it.
That’s why you need to refer to your blood tests. A total cholesterol level of 200-239 mg/dL is deemed to be borderline high and anything above that is classed as high.
For LDL cholesterol, a level between 130 and 159 mg/dL is considered borderline high.
Here’s the good news… you can reduce your risk factor for developing heart disease by lowering your cholesterol levels - and this can be done through the foods you eat.
Foods That Can Reduce Cholesterol Levels
Research has shown that eating plenty of fruit and veggies can help to protect against coronary heart disease.
Some foods have been proven to keep cholesterol levels in check so you’ll want to include some of these as ingredients in your smoothies:
Smoothie Recipes to Lower Cholesterol
I’ve got 7 delicious and super healthy smoothie recipes that give you a great opportunity to enjoy these cholesterol-lowering ingredients:
I really hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article, and now aware of how smoothies can aid lower your cholesterol levels.
Smoothies can be a great way to pack cholesterol reducing foods into your diet and I’d love to hear which recipes you’ll be trying out, in the comments below.
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