High cholesterol: Healthy bars and smoothies can ‘rapidly’ lower high levels

Characterized by the absence of symptoms, high cholesterol can be difficult to spot. However, too much of this fatty substance can boost your risk of heart disease and stroke. Here’s how you can “rapidly” lower your high cholesterol.

Research published in the Journal of Nutrition reports that healthy snacks containing cholesterol-lowering bioactive compounds can “rapidly” lower LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.

This is especially meaningful for those “unable or unwilling to take statin drugs”.

In case you’re not familiar, LDL cholesterol, also known as “bad” cholesterol, is the one increasing your risk of severe health problems.

The tasty snacks in question comprised of healthy bars and smoothies.

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The researchers also used control products bought from a general grocery store to monitor the results.

After four weeks of following this healthy snack regimen, the “bad” cholesterol levels dropped by nine percent on average.

However, four of the participants experienced a whopping 30-percent decrease.

The healthy snacks in the study contained between 110 to 190 calories per serving and a minimum of five grams of fiber.

Fiber plays an important role in managing cholesterol as some types can help slash levels.

It can help block some of the cholesterol in your intestines from getting absorbed into your bloodstream, Heart UK explains.

In general, fruits and vegetables are good sources of fiber.

This new study concluded that healthy snacks like these could offer a good option for those who can’t or won’t take statins.

The snacks for the study were provided by the US company Step One Foods.

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