High cholesterol: A creamy green fruit can help you fight LDL surge

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Avocados helped increase the pace at which triglyceride-rich lipoproteins were broken down by stopping the liver from producing VLDL – a level ahead from LDL.

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  1. For the study, 500 people were asked to eat a large avocado each day while another group of 500 people was not asked to do so – instead, they were asked to eat less than two of the fruit each month.
  2. After six months, it was noted that regularly eating the fruit reduced bad lipids significantly.
  3. At the same time, experts said that there was one drawback of the study that they did not collect data basis the use of medication like supplements and statins.
New Delhi: High cholesterol is a common occurrence these days because of reliance on processed foods high in trans and saturated fats. As a result, plaque forms in the arteries and may overtime obstruct smooth blood flow across the body to essential organs. In extreme cases, when left unattended, high cholesterol could raise the risk of heart disease, acute or chronic or stroke.
While workouts and a healthy diet – eating healthy fats, proteins, and carbohydrates – can help reverse the condition naturally, a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, there is a delicious, creamy, green fruit that could work wonders in managing surging LDL (low-density lipoproteins also known as bad cholesterol) – it is avocados.

How do avocados treat high cholesterol?

For the study, 500 people were asked to eat a large avocado each day while another group of 500 people were not asked to do so – instead, they were asked to eat less than two of the fruit each month. After six months, it was note that regularly eating the fruit reduced bad lipids significantly.

At the same time, experts said that there was one drawback of the study that they did not collect data basis use of medication like supplements and statins.

Furthermore, while talking about the effect of avocados on cholesterol, experts said that the fruit helped increase the pace at which triglyceride-rich lipoproteins were broken down by stopping the liver from producing VLDL – a level ahead from LDL. As a result, LDL levels were mitigated as a whole in the bloodstream.

Experts noted that although it is not easy for people to immediately eliminate sources of saturated fats from the diet such as desserts, red meat and cheese, it is imperative to include the right foods in the diet for maximum benefits and protection against chronic diseases.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.