Want to Improve Your Cholesterol? Don’t Lower It. There’s a Smarter Approach.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates.

Healing properties of food have been reported by cultures worldwide throughout history. Over the past decade we have uncovered, through numerous clinical studies, all the health benefits individual foods can offer!  By identifying the various nutrients associated with these benefits, we can heal our bodies with food better than pills, potions, and powders ever could.

“There is a wealth of…evidence that increasing the concentration of HDL cholesterol through diet will lower the risk of coronary artery disease.” –R.P. Mensink, Maastricht University.1

When it comes to eating heart healthy diets, new science proves we shouldn’t be concerned with lowering total cholesterol, instead we should focus on raising our HDL levels (the “good cholesterol”). Researchers have found that people with low HDL levels run a much greater risk for heart disease.

“Our focus of trying to reduce our LDL and total cholesterol levels (especially saturated fats) may not have just failed to reduce heart disease risk- but it might have actually increased it along with decreasing our health, weakening our blood sugar control, and increasing insulin resistance and obesity.” ­- The Journal of American Medical Association

So, how do we increase our HDL levels? We replace unhealthy starches and sweets with healthy sources of fat. Try to consume more seafood, coconut, milled flax seeds, and chia seed and try to avoid starches as they lower HDL.

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Written by: Mallory McCormick, Weigh and Win Health Coach

7 thoughts on “Want to Improve Your Cholesterol? Don’t Lower It. There’s a Smarter Approach.”

  1. This is good information, especially for those of us who struggle with low HDL levels despite exercise. A couple of questions though. Which is better, the coconut meat or coconut water? Why red wine and not red grapes? Is the a way to tell which leafy greens are better at raising HDL levels – or all they all about equal?

    1. Great questions, Karen!
      COCONUT
      Raw coconut is going to be the best because it is in its most natural form. However, foods that add coconut (that is without added sugars) are going to have similar benefits.

      RED WINE
      It’s the alcohol in red wine and not the grapes that help with HDL levels. In theory, all alcohol will help with HDL levels, but red wine has additional health benefits like reducing blood sugar and blood pressure. As always with alcohol, moderate consumption is recommended.

      LEAFY GREENS
      As a rule of thumb, the darker green it is the better it will be for you.

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