On a trip to Napa Valley, I was fortunate to be invited to a vineyard owned by the family of a close friend. The vineyard, besides having abundant grapes, had persimmon trees growing all along the driveway making for an amazing blaze of orange colour. Persimmons along with a host of other naturally available options help reduce high cholesterol.
Total cholesterol in your body is measured by adding the count of total HDL + total LDL and 20% of the triglycerides. HDL is good cholesterol and LDL is bad cholesterol. Dr. Ronesh Sinha believes that we should focus on the ratio of the Total Cholesterol divided by the HDL and if this ratio is higher than 4 you should worry. Having a higher HDL in your body helps lower the bad or LDL cholesterol and therefore including foods that help build HDL is useful. This way by improving the amount of HDL in your body and lowering the amount of LDL in your body, your ratio also improves. So our focus should be to weave foods into our diet that increase HDL.
A wide variety of foods can help increase HDL including cinnamon, walnuts, flaxseeds, salmon, turmeric, green tea, seaweed, cranberry, pomegranate, avocado, broccoli and asparagus to name a few. I have been measuring the progress of cholesterol of people know to me and have been surprised to see up to twenty percent increase in HDL in some of them just because of diet changes, including my own cholesterol levels. Not consuming foods that add to your cholesterol such as foods with trans-fats will obviously help. If you can combine some form of high intensity cardio training along with a good diet, you can significantly cut the risk of heart diseases.