Most of us don’t pay attention to our cholesterol levels or the dangers thereof. After all, it typically doesn’t cause any symptoms. But you should! High cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease and heart attacks. And, you don’t want to spend the rest of your life dependent on prescription cholesterol medication. So, before I tell you about the two oils that can help your cholesterol, let me explain what cholesterol is and what it does.
What it is cholesterol and what does it do?
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found in every cell of your body. The fat-like substance in your cells is used to create structure for cell walls. Furthermore, it helps with digestion and also produces vitamin D. In addition, it helps make hormones such as testosterone and oestrogen.
Now, not all cholesterol is bad. There’s HDL cholesterol which is also referred to as your “good” cholesterol. This helps remove bad cholesterol from the arteries to the liver where it’s broken down and eventually leaves the body. Then, there is LDL which is “bad” cholesterol. High amounts of this bad cholesterol can accelerate plaque growth in the walls of the blood vessels. It’s this build up of plaque that causes blockages and causes heart attacks or clots. Here’s how you can lower bad cholesterol.
Two oils to lower your cholesterol
Remember to add a good amount of plant-based foods to your diet and exercise regularly. These are the easiest ways to be in control of your overall health.
1. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is packed with saturated fats. These have gotten bad press in the past but we now know just how unhealthy a “fat-free” diet actually is. The saturated fat in coconut oil helps raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol. Furthermore, coconut oil is an amazing source of fuel source that can keep you energized all day.
You can use coconut oil for both cooking and baking. And, if you enjoy the taste, you can even just enjoy it straight from the jar with a spoon.
2. Hemp oil
Adding hemp oil to your meals is extremely beneficial to help keep cholesterol in check. Hemp is a great source of good fat (essential fatty acids), which our bodies do not produce. These fatty acids help lower levels of unhealthy fats and also prevent the build up of plaque in the arteries. You can splash some hemp oil over your meals or add it to your smoothies. Seeds are just as beneficial.
Here’s to keeping your cholesterol in check!