7 effective foods for lowering cholesterol

What is cholesterol? How to fight it? Cholesterol is a fatty substance necessary for the proper functioning of the body: it participates in the synthesis of some hormones and vitamin D and is a constituent of cell membranes. Hypercholesterolemia occurs when total cholesterol (LDL plus HDL) is too high. High levels of cholesterol-rich plasma lipoproteins (particularly LDL) are considered among the most important cardiovascular risk factors and can cause very serious diseases such as atherosclerosis. Today we offer a list of foods that help lower cholesterol levels in case the level is too high.

Vegetables: all vegetables can act positively toward intestinal fat absorption, but in particular we mention: carrots, eggplant and broccoli.
Extra virgin olive oil, but vegatal, canola, sunflower, safflower oils are also fine.
Avocado: like olive oil, it is very rich in valuable monounsaturated fats.
Legumes: chickpeas, lentils, peas, soybeans, chickling peas, kidney beans, cannellini beans, borlotti beans, and navy beans. Very rich in fiber and, in many cases, also in phytosterols.
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Dried fruits: walnuts and almonds in particular.
Strawberries: among the fruits richest in pectin, a soluble fiber that has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol levels. Along with strawberries are apples, grapes and citrus fruits.
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Fish: small blue fish (sardines) should be preferred, but mackerel, tuna, salmon and trout, all species known for their high intake of good fats, are fine.
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