Lowering cholesterol naturally is about balance and moderation rather than strict abstinence from all fatty foods. Eating a wide variety of tasty, nutrient rich foods that inhibit inflammation is the best way to tackle cholesterol problems. The standard Western diet is very inflammatory, which boosts bad cholesterol and lowers good cholesterol. It is primarily inflammation that causes low density lipoproteins (LDL), or bad cholesterol, to build up inside arteries. Some people are better at metabolizing dietary cholesterol than others, and dietary cholesterol intake itself does not cause heart disease. Lowering your dietary cholesterol intake is far less important than lowering intake of processed foods.
- Generally speaking, avoiding all fats eggs, and cheeses is not necessary simply to lower cholesterol.
- Numerous factors impact cholesterol levels, including genetics, physical activity, stress and diabetes.
- Western diets tend to highly inflammatory, which can lead to cholesterol buildup in blood vessels.
“First and foremost, it helps to clear up common misconceptions about in the first place. For several decades, a wide-held belief has been that dietary cholesterol is associated with an increased risk for coronary heart disease (CHD).”