THE Cholesterol is a fat produced by our body that is essential for the performance of vital functions and circulates in the blood. However, when it is high, it is responsible for the accumulation of fat on the walls of the arteries and one of the risk factors for the occurrence of cardiovascular disease.
With this in mind, nutritionist and cardiologist Juliano Burckhardt shared five recommendations for lowering cholesterol in an interview with the Alto Astral portal. Here they are:
1 – Include fiber in your diet
According to your doctor, consumption of soluble fiber that helps lower LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoproteins or “bad cholesterol”). This is because they form a gel that can alter the absorption of fats into the body in the small intestine. Therefore, the risk of heart disease is reduced.
2- Avoid saturated fats and sugar
Foods high in saturated fat not only increase overweight but also increase cholesterol levels. “Read the labels carefully,” advises Juliano Burckhardt.
3 – move
You only need a few simple exercises a day to lower your “bad” cholesterol levels. The expert guarantees that half an hour is enough.
4 – Eat “good fats”
Anything that is greasy is not bad. DHA, docosahexaenoic acid, can help with heart function and lower LDL and raise HDL if used regularly. For example, salmon, sardines and tuna are your allies. If you don’t like fish, you can opt for fish oil supplements or seaweed vegetarians.
5 – Lower the cigarette
Substances in cigarettes can have catastrophic health consequences. Smoking increases LDL levels.
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