High levels of bad cholesterol and total cholesterol increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Instead of the costly trip to the doctor for surgery after your cholesterol has gone up too much, put your levels in check with a few dietary changes: specifically, what you drink. It plays a huge part in your good and bad cholesterol levels, so here’s what to switch it up to.
While you may be used to drinking some cranberry juice cocktail, you’ll want to switch to the sugar-free version for these heart benefits. WebMD notes a long-term study found drinking two glasses of plain cranberry juice per day was enough to raise levels of good HDL cholesterol.
Additionally, the beverage seemed to also lower levels of LDL cholesterol. And you can thank the powerful antioxidants that are in the fruit for that.
If cranberries are just too bitter for your palate, it may also be worth giving blueberries a try. Verywell notes a few studies have found the antioxidants in blueberry juice can help lower LDL cholesterol levels, too.
Healthline explains a meta-analysis from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that this beverage has the ability to lower “bad,” or LDL, cholesterol. The study noted there was no significant impact on “good,” or HDL, cholesterol, however.
So, why is green tea so good? The antioxidants found in this drink are what help cholesterol the most, though it’s important to note not all green tea is equal. How processed the tea is can also affect how good it is for your body.
Aside from green tea, hibiscus tea also has incredibly high amounts of antioxidants.
Ginger has been used medicinally for centuries to treat health problems such as nausea and diarrhea. Preliminary studies also indicate that it may also help lower cholesterol and prevent atherosclerosis.
Atherosclerosis is the build-up of fats, cholesterol, and other substances in and on the artery walls. Go easy on this tea, though.
The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends not consuming more than 4g of ginger daily.
Tart Cherry Juice
Tart cherries are loaded with antioxidants that provide several benefits, including reducing cholesterol levels.
In a study conducted at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, rats that received whole tart cherry powder as part of a high-fat diet had significantly lower levels of cholesterol than other rats.
Cherry juice is readily available at supermarkets and natural health stores.
However, you can also make your own at home using dried cherries or cherry powder.
Taking these drinks on a consistent basis while engaging in exercise can help you drink your way to better health!