| Updated at: 1027 PST, Saturday, December 18, 2010|
NEW YORK: High cholesterol is a common pathology, especially in these times. Stress, hectic life, overwork, economic problems are factors that work to raise the limits of cholesterol in blood and this is dangerous because the risk of triggering for coronary artery disease as a result of clogged arteries.
For this reason, it is important to have a healthy diet and physical exercise regularly to control it. But in addition, there Foods that help fight cholesterol.
Some of them are nuts and dried fruits in general. Within the nuts we can find, in addition to nuts, the almonds, hazelnuts, chestnuts, pistachios, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin and sesame seeds, so that the range of consumption possibilities is wide, as well as incorporate them into our diet.
Experts recommend its use as part of a healthy diet because they contain antioxidants, minerals, fiber, vitamins and, especially, are rich in protein and unsaturated fatty acids, such as highly beneficial Omega 3 . Other compounds in these foods are the phytosterols, which block the absorption of cholesterol, preventing this is fixed in arteries and intestines.
But that's not all, as nuts and dried fruits help also lower triglycerides, another type of lipid also responsible for causing serious heart problems. Recent studies assert that the daily consumption of 67 grams of walnuts, within three to eight weeks, significantly contributes to lowering the rates of both cholesterol and triglycerides, which is good news for lovers of nuts and especially for those suffering from these health problems.