Add whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables to your meals to reduce heart disease risk
30 grams (about 1 ounce) a day of powdered soy protein added to food or drinks can help lower cholesterol
Take 1.6 grams a day as a supplement or in specially fortified margarines to help reduce cholesterol
600 to 900 mg a day of a standardized garlic extract may help lower cholesterol and prevent hardening of the arteries
Start a regular exercise program to help raise HDL ("good") cholesterol
Foods that contain saturated fat, hydrogenated fat, and cholesterol (such as animal products, fried foods, and baked snacks) can raise cholesterol.
Cut the bad fats
Foods that contain saturated fat, hydrogenated fat, and cholesterol (such as animal products, fried foods, and baked snacks) can raise cholesterol
Pick a plant-based diet
Emphasize vegetarian meals whenever possible to reap the rewards of avoiding animal fats and increasing fiber and other cholesterol-stabilizing nutrients
Aim for a healthy body weight to avoid problems with blood lipids and other heart disease risk factors
Use a regular program of aerobic exercise to maintain optimal blood lipid levels and lower heart disease risk
Maintain healthy HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels and low heart disease risk by avoiding cigarette smoke
Use at least 100 mg per day vitamin C and/or up to 400 IU vitamin E to protect LDL cholesterol from damage that can increase heart disease risk
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