September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month. Cholesterol is something your body needs since it’s an important part of cell membrane makeup. Ideally, you should have enough good cholesterol while having low levels of the bad cholesterol that’s harmful for the body. A primary care physician will often recommend changing your diet to help control your cholesterol levels.  Palmetto Tri-County Primary Care has five suggestions for foods you should eat to increase your levels of healthy cholesterol.

  1. Soy – Would you like to reduce the amount of meat you eat? Consider adding soy into your diet. Soy is an excellent way to better balance your cholesterol levels.
  2. Nuts – Peanuts, almonds, pistachios, and brazil nuts all contain heart-healthy fats that are full of fiber and plant sterols. Plant sterols help reduce cholesterol absorption inside your body.
  3. Avocado – Rated as the world’s favorite fruit, avocados are great for boosting good cholesterol. They contain folate and fiber, which are both important for good health. Avocados may also help lower your risk of heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes.
  4. Fatty fish – Salmon, sardines, tuna, rainbow trout, and mackerel all contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which help improve cholesterol levels.
  5. Flax – Flax also contains Omega-3 fatty acids. Add it to cereal, yogurt, salads, and other foods for an extra boost.

Of course, you should always speak to a primary care physician what dietary changes are best for improving your cholesterol levels. Call Palmetto Tri-County Primary Care to make an appointment with our general practitioners.

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