The heart is the most imperative organ in the human body. Any disruption in a heart’s action can spell the difference between life and death.
At the office of The DOCS, our skilled professionals diagnose the overall health of your heart and identify any disease of the heart muscle, valves or coronary (heart) arteries. Your cholesterol (fat) levels are crucial to how well your heart functions. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), triglycerides and total cholesterol. LDL is often called the “bad” cholesterol because if it builds up in the arteries, the resulting plaque can lead to dangerous heart disease. Certain foods can help you lower your LDL cholesterol.
These culinary suggestions will help your fight LDL.
Dark chocolate includes flavonoids, which are antioxidants. But don’t overdo it, as chocolate has a lot of saturated fat and sugar.
Avocados contribute oleic acid. You can also use avocado oil’s subtle, sweet flavor instead of other cooking oils.
Red wine has resveratrol, an element in the red grape skin. Resveratrol may prevent damage to blood vessels.
Black and green teas have powerful antioxidants, and green tea contains more of these powerhouses.
Nuts include polyunsaturated fatty acids, so feel free to sprinkle low-salt nuts on a salad or eat them straight.
Barley, oatmeal and brown rice have lots of soluble fiber, which lowers your absorption of cholesterol.
Salmon, albacore tuna, sardines and halibut are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce triglycerides in the blood. Bake or grill it.
Olive oil is a plant-based fat; it's a better choice than animal fats.
Edamame, soy milk and tofu are high in protein. Just 25 grams a day can reduce your cholesterol by 5 to 6 percent.
Black beans, kidney beans and lentils are rich in soluble fiber, which binds to cholesterol in the blood and moves it out of the body.
Pears and apples have lots of pectin, a fiber that can lower cholesterol.
Most vegetables are high in fiber and low in calories. Eggplant and okra have a lot of soluble fiber.
If you suffer from or are concerned about a heart condition or chest pain, the office of The DOCS is here to help. We will work to diagnose your condition and give you the skilled treatment you deserve. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
By The DOCS - Cardiovascular
June 23, 2021
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