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Foods Chock Full of Healthy Cholesterol

Foods Chock Full of Healthy Cholesterol

Managing Your Cholesterol Levels Through Your Diet

Having high cholesterol levels can leave you at an increased risk for developing heart disease and cardiac events like heart attack and stroke. While this can seem daunting, you can help manage your total cholesterol levels by eating a diet rich in high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which helps remove “bad” cholesterol from your blood.

HDL absorbs cholesterol from your blood and transports it to your liver. Once it reaches the liver, it is broken down and removed from the body. This helps to remove fatty cholesterol buildup from your arteries, effectively protecting you from cardiovascular health issues.

In recognition of National Cholesterol Education Month, the health experts at Parrish Healthcare are where to share which foods can help support your cardiovascular health.

Foods Rich in HDL

Optimally, your HDL levels should be above 40 mg/dL to be considered healthy, but having an HDL reading of more than 60 mg/dL is optimal. To help boost your HDL levels, try adding the following foods to your diet:

  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Sardines
  • Chia seeds
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Flax seeds
  • Avocado oil
  • Olive oil
  • Oatmeal
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Black beans
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Lentils
  • Legumes
  • Prunes
  • Pears

If you have additional concerns when it comes to managing your cholesterol levels, reach out to your primary care provider to discuss your unique needs.

Cardiovascular Care in Titusville

When it comes to supporting your cardiovascular health, your Parrish Healthcare Cardiovascular team are experts in the art of healing your heart, lungs, and veins. 

If you have heart-related health concerns, take our HeartAware Health Risk Assessment. It takes just a few minutes to receive your personalized and confidential information.