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We all know that high levels of bad cholesterol in our blood can increase risks of heart disease. It is therefore important to ensure that our cholesterol levels are under control at all times.

There are two types of cholesterol one is called Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) which is also known as bad cholesterol and the other is high-density lipoprotein (HDL) which is known as good cholesterol.

There are certain foods that can increase cholesterol levels and these foods are primarily those high in saturated and trans fat. Similarly, there are foods that lower your cholesterol levels, and one such food item is garlic.

Garlic is a spice which is popular for its benefits on digestion, high blood pressure, and inflammation to name a very few. However, there are some studies which talk about cholesterol improving properties of garlic as well.

WebMD says that garlic may reduce total cholesterol in the body by a few percentage points. This, however, may only be for the short term. It further adds that garlic may prolong bleeding and blood clotting time. Thus, the intake of garlic should be avoided before surgery or intake of any blood thinning drugs.

Some of the food items that help in lowering cholesterol level are legumes are rich in minerals, fiber, and protein. Some studies say that including legumes in your diet can lower bad cholesterol in the body. Vegetables that contain soluble fiber that can help in reducing cholesterol levels. Vegetables like eggplants, carrots, and potatoes can all be included in your diet to keep cholesterol and weight under control.

Including fruit in your daily diet can also help in lowering cholesterol. Fruits are rich in soluble fiber that helps in lowering cholesterol levels in the body. Berries and grapes contain plant compounds that can increase good cholesterol and reduce bad cholesterol in the body.

Including nuts in your diet can be good for heart health. Nuts contain monounsaturated fats. Walnuts contain omega 3s and almonds contain L-arginine, which is an amino acid that helps the body make nitric oxide. This helps in regulating blood pressure.

Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and tuna are rich sources of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3s are good for heart health as they reduce inflammation and stroke risk, and increase levels of good cholesterol in the body.

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