Bad high cholesterol (LDL) is a serious problem of modern man. Caused by stress, poor nutrition especially, LDL cholesterol present in too large quantities in the body increases the risk of heart attack. Fortunately, there are simple and delicious ways that you can lower bad cholesterol – these 5 types of seeds will help you have a strong and healthy heart!
1. Psyllium seeds
Psyllium seeds are the new-star in diets and detoxifying the body. Besides the beneficial effects they have on the gastrointestinal system, psyllium seeds help reducing high levels of “bad” cholesterol. A quantity of 5-10 grams of psyllium seeds, added in the diet contributes effectively in lowering cholesterol levels in the blood.
2. Fenugreek seeds
Equally little known as psyllium seeds are fenugreek seeds. Originating in Asia, where both are used in herbal treatments, and seasoning food, fenugreek seeds, consumed regularly decrease the levels of “bad” cholesterol without negatively impacting on the “good”.
Fenugreek seeds can be consumed as a tea by adding a teaspoon of seeds in 1 cup hot of water. We recommend consuming 1-3 cups a day of infusion of fenugreek seeds.
3. Chia seeds
With a rich history, being cultivated and used since the Aztec period (3500 BCE), chia seeds have proved a valuable addition in human nutrition. The explanation is that the little seed, beige and black are crammed with nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids. This cocktail of nutrients contributes to lower LDL cholesterol, provide energy and wellbeing. Chia seeds can be eaten with yogurt, soups or salads.
4. Sesame seeds
Other seeds that help to lower the “bad” cholesterol in the blood are the sesame. With a specific flavor, sesame seeds are used in preparation of a large number of dishes, but can be consumed as such, with cereal for breakfast, for example. Besides having a positive influence on the “bad” cholesterol, sesame seeds are rich in calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium.
5. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds
Sunflower and pumpkin seeds have a lot of health benefits. Due to healthy fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids), these types of grains lowers the levels of “bad” cholesterol in the blood.