5. Fruits and vegetables
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If want to keep your heart health and fit, go for dark or bittersweet chocolates. Compared to milk chocolate, dark chocolate contains three times as much antioxidants. These flavonoid antioxidants prevent blood platelets from sticking together, ensuring your arteries do not become blocked.
3. Oats and Barley
The healthy combination of oats and barley are a rich source of soluble fiber called beta glucan. Beta glucan makes a gel that helps to bind cholesterol and prevents it from being absorbed into the intestines. It is suggested that we take in about 3g of beta-glucan per day to lower cholesterol.
Salmon consists of heart-friendly fats that protects against high cholesterol. Salmon and other cold-water fish carry Omega-3 fatty acids that increases the “good” HDL cholesterol, and lower “bad” LDL cholesterol as well as lower triglycerides (fats). EPA and DHA are the omega-3 fatty acids that are good for your heart and low in cholesterol and saturated fat.
Avocados are a valuable source of monounsaturated fats that lowers LDL while increasing your HDL. Avocados contains beta-sitosterol which lowers the amount of cholesterol that gets absorbed from food back to your body. This is why the combination of monounsaturated fat and beta-sitosterol makes avocado a great cholesterol buster.
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