As more and more studies reveal the heart-healthy benefits of cocoa extract, a growing number of purportedly good-for-you chocolate products are hitting the market. From cocoa supplements to fortified chocolate bars, these products claim to lower blood pressure, keep cholesterol in check, and improve overall heart health. Here’s a look … Read more
Drinking green tea appears to cut “bad” cholesterol while leaving levels of good cholesterol unchanged, and encouraging people to drink more of the beverage could have significant health effects, according to a study.
The finding may explain why green tea has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, write Xin-Xin Zheng and colleagues from Peking Union Medical College in Beijing.
You should always take high cholesterol seriously. Even borderline-high cholesterol levels can elevate your risk of serious cardiovascular problems, including chest pain, heart attack and stroke. Before you jump to the use of radical treatments, such as lipid-lowering drugs, talk to your doctor about the benefits of dietary adjustments to … Read more
This test measure fats in the bloodstream. One of these fats, cholesterol, is produced naturally by the liver to make cell membranes and some hormones. A little goes a long way — too much can block blood vessels, causing a heart attack or stroke. Who needs it Most doctors recommend … Read more
Rule of thumb:
Use the oil-grease analogy when you buy foods:
when you can see liquid oil, the food most likely will increase your good cholesterol
when food is solid and fat, without liquid oil (butter, cookies) they will increase your bad cholesterol
Diets for high cholesterol, that is: diets to lower cholesterol levels, should include lots of fruits and vegetables, replace meat with fish and use oil for