Cholesterol-lowering diet

High blood pressure can be treated by changing your diet plan or lifestyle, to include more healthy foods and more exercise.

The condition may be caused by eating a lot of salty foods, drinking large amounts of alcohol, being overweight or not exercising regularly.

It can also be caused by factors you can’t control such as age, as you get older your risk increases, and genetics, as having a family history of the condition puts you at greater risk.

High blood pressure signs and symptoms often don’t appear unless the condition is extreme, meaning few people think they have the condition.

Scientists in Washington recently found a diet plan for lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol levels and cutting heart disease risk.

They said that eating a certain amount of nuts, plant protein, fibre and plant sterols a day could have these positive effects.

The review study, published in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, found that following this plan could reduce LDL-cholesterol by 17 per cent, and reduce your risk of coronary heart disease by 13 per cent.

“Previous clinical trials and observational studies have found strong evidence that a plant-based diet can improve heart health,” said Hana Kahleova, director of clinical research for the Physicians Committee in Washington, who led the research.

“This study demonstrates that certain plant foods are especially effective for lowering cholesterol and boosting our overall cardiovascular health.”

There was also evidence that the diet plan helped to lower total cholesterol, triglycerides and C-reactive protein levels.

You could achieve the same effects by changing your diet plan to include this amount of these four foods every day.

Adding 42 grams of nuts, as either tree nuts or peanuts.

Also eating 50 grams of plant proteins from soy products or dietary pulses, such as beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils.

Add a further 20 grams of “viscous soluble fibre” such as oats, barley, psyllium, eggplant, okra, apples, oranges or berries.

An additional two grams of plant sterols, which you can get from supplements or products that are plant-sterol enriched.

All of these items are available in most UK supermarkets.

Other ways to lower high blood pressure include eating sweet potatoes.

These contain far more potassium than most other foods, making them ideal for treating high blood pressure.

“Studies show that a diet high in potassium, especially potassium from fruits and vegetables, lowers blood pressure,” writes Dr Axe on his website.

“This is especially true if the increase in potassium foods is not accompanied by an increase in high-sodium foods.”

Sweet potatoes contain a massive 337mg of potassium per 100 grams, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

To further assist you in lowering your cholesterol, New Health developed HeartSavior. Heart Savior™ was formulated as a natural alternative for fighting cholesterol including LDL or bad cholesterol and triglycerides, but it does not stop there.


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