The “bad” high cholesterol (LDL) is a serious condition, characteristic of modern human beings.
Mainly caused by stress, but especially by poor diet, LDL cholesterol, increases considerably the risk of heart attack, if present in excessive amounts in the body.
Fortunately, there are simple methods and why not, even delicious that can help you to lower your “bad” cholesterol.
Let’s see 5 types of seeds that help you have a strong and healthy heart.
1. Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek seeds originate from Asia, where they are used both in natural treatments and as a seasoning for food. Fenugreek seeds consumed regularly lower the “bad” cholesterol, without negatively impacting the “good” cholesterol.
Fenugreek seeds can be consumed as a tea by adding a teaspoon of seeds in one-cup of hot water. It is recommended a consumption of at least 1-3 cups per day of fenugreek seed infusion.
2. Sesame Seeds
Sesame seeds are other seeds that help you to lower the “bad” cholesterol from your blood.
With a specific flavor, sesame seeds are used in preparation of a large number of food products, but can be eaten raw, along with cereal at breakfast. Actually, sesame seeds should not miss from your diet because they contain many minerals besides large content of monounsaturated fats, which have a positive influence on the “bad” cholesterol in the body. Sesame seeds are rich in calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium.
3. Chia Seeds
With a rich history, being cultivated and used since Aztec period (3500 BC), chia seeds proved a valuable addition in human diets.
The explanation is simple and is that these tiny seed, beige or black are packed with nutrients, including antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids. This cocktail of nutrients helps to lower LDL cholesterol and provides energy and well-being. Chia seeds can be eaten with yogurt, soups or salads.
4. Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds
The favorite snack when you watch a good movie or a game with friends, sunflower and pumpkin seeds have a lot of benefits for your health. Due to the healthy fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids), these types of seeds can lower the “bad” cholesterol in the blood.
However, before you rush to the bowl with sunflower and pumpkin seeds, remember that your body will benefit from strict consumption of these raw seeds, not if they are roasted or salted.
5. Psyllium Seeds
Psyllium seeds are the new-star in weight lost diets and detox diets. In addition to their beneficial effects on the gastrointestinal system, psyllium seeds, a plant from the plantain family, help to reduce the high levels of “bad” cholesterol from your body.
An amount of 5-10 grams of psyllium seeds, added to daily diet helps effectively lower LDL cholesterol levels in the blood.