Cholesterol is brought into existence by the liver and is essential in producing a host of vital components of the human body, from the hormones to the bile acids and vitamin D. Cholesterol is not something that dissolves in the bloodstream, and for it to be carried, it is packaged into two distinct carriers: High and Low density Lipoprotein, whose acronyms are HDL and LDL respectively.
LDL is required by the body in small and limited quantities, but when the limit is crossed, it can dramatically raise the risks of cardiac arrest due to atherosclerosis. So how does one reduce the cholesterol in one’s body? With the help of Statin, of course.
The less amount of Statin you have in you, the higher is the LDL cholesterol. Statin deficiency is the result of dietary factors, especially the absence of soluble dietary fibres and an excess of animal oils.
What Plant-Food Stuffs Can Help You Reduce LDL Cholesterol?
These fibers, as the name suggests, dissolve in water to form a viscous gel that moves along the length of the intestine. It helps in ‘latching’ onto dietary cholesterol, fats, bile salts, sugar and then move them out of the body via excretion. Once excreted, these can no longer contribute to an increase the unwanted cholesterol.
Plant-based foods like lentil, hummus, dal, bean soup, bean dips and burger, are all options that you can include in your plant-based meal to help with reducing your cholesterol levels. Stocking up on your fiber intake is essential! Have whole-grain oatmeal for breakfast; include carrots, eggplant, potatoes, etc into your diet to further accelerate the process.
Make sure to have dark leafy green veggies like kale and spinach. These contain a substance called pectin, which binds onto fats along the length of the intestine and helps in their removal from the system. There are also fruits that have pectin in them, like strawberries, grapes, apples and citrus fruits like oranges.
Minimal or whole soy products such as miso and tofu can be an alternative for meat, dairy, eggs and other animal products. Animal products are often riddled with saturated fats that elevate cholesterol and worsen the situation. There are plenty of clinical studies that have been able to prove that including whole soy to your meals will make a definite difference in promoting excretion of cholesterol and reduce the synthesis of LDL cholesterol.
Take the plant-based route and watch as your life changes.