Cholesterol is a fatty substance that your body depends on, and HDL cholesterol helps to reduce the risk of heart disease by maintaining blood vessel walls. In contrast, if your LDL cholesterol levels get too high then your overall health can seriously suffer. LDL cholesterol slowly clogs your arteries, inhibiting proper circulation and increasing your risk of heart attacks, blood clots, and strokes. While your doctor may recommend that you take drugs (such as statins) that can lower LDL cholesterol, it’s also worth considering the following ten home remedies.
1. Cut out trans fats
Trans fatty acids are terrible for you, potentially making you more likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver disorders. In addition, consuming trans fats makes your LDL cholesterol levels soar. They are most often added to margarines, doughnuts and other baked goods, but you should check the label of almost every product to ensure that no trans fats are lurking inside. When it comes to margarine, it might be smart to choose a replacement that includes plant sterols and stanols. When regularly ingested, these natural and powerful molecules can cut LDL cholesterol by close to 15%.