High cholesterol and high blood pressure are incredibly dangerous conditions. There are two types of cholesterol: LDL (bad) and HDL (good). The higher the LDL, the greater the risk of heart disease; the higher the HDL, the lower the risk of heart disease, explains NIH. When cholesterol is high, oxygen-rich blood can’t get to the heart. Similarly, high blood pressure limits the force of blood flowing to different parts of the body.
Here are 8 home remedies to fight cholesterol and high blood pressure:
1. Small meals.How you eat is equally important as what you eat. A British study that found people who eat 6- 7 small meals daily, as opposed to 3 big meals, have lower cholesterol and a 10- 20 percent reduced risk of coronary heart disease.
2. Replace white with wheat.Next time you’re at the grocery store, keep this mantra at the front of your mind. Replace white pasta and bread with whole grain options. Doing so can significantly increase healthy HDL levels. Whole wheat has the added benefit of giving the body a fiber boost.
3. Salmon.Foods high in omega 3-fatty acids lower bad LDL cholesterol levels. Salmon, mackerel, and herring, as well as walnuts, almonds, and flaxseeds are rich in omega 3-fatty acids.
4. Cinnamon.This fiery spice is useful in reducing cholesterol. Try adding cinnamon to curries and desserts. It is also tasty when added to your morning coffee.
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