Published: 09/12/2015 - Updated: 08/29/2018
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
Avocados are one of the most rewarding fruits, with some of the most healing properties around. Several of its virtues make it the perfect food, both for nourishing the body as well as for helping it to heal from certain diseases like diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart, skin and intestinal problems, etc., as well as high cholesterol.
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a chemical product that the liver produces and is indispensable for proper functioning of certain hormones, the digestive process, and bodily structures. There are two types of known cholesterol (lipoproteins) which are generally called “bad cholesterol” (LDL), and “good cholesterol” (HDL).
High cholesterol is deposited in the arteries, obstructing them and increasing the risk of heart health, leading to cardiovascular diseases and arteriosclerosis. “Good cholesterol” is what sweeps “bad cholesterol” away, which is what obstructs arteries. Harmful cholesterol is found in saturated fats and junk food, or highly processed foods, and come hand in hand with smoking too much, having high blood pressure or diabetes, as well as being obese or having triglyceride problems.
Whenever cholesterol is high this could pose a significant health risk, which is why you must take certain actions to naturally lower it.
Avocados against high cholesterol
There are certain foods that are truly harmful for the body, and which increase harmful cholesterol levels. Avocados are wonderful in this case, because they have unsaturated fatty acids (approx. 12 grams), as well as omega-3 acids, omega-6’s, and omega-9’s. Although they also have saturated fats (2 grams), their fats actually reduce total cholesterol, getting rid of bad cholesterol (LDL), and promoting good cholesterol (HDL).
Avocado’s nutrients prevent cholesterol from sticking to the internal walls in arteries, and they prevent the reduction of blood flow. The fiber found in avocados is also wonderful for removing toxins from the body and intestines, and they are rich in antioxidants, with vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin B12, magnesium, manganese, etc. These help reduce the absorption of fats that come from harmful foods, and they prevent fats from oxidizing.
That’s why even though avocados have a bit of saturated cholesterol, they are an excellent alternative for reducing cholesterol. Not only do they nourish the body, they cleanse it and help bodily functions to be performed optimally. They also help prevent heart disease and they are perfect for treating diabetes and high cholesterol naturally.
Avocado diet for reducing cholesterol
In order to naturally reduce your cholesterol, you will need to follow the instructions below:
BEFORE BREAKFAST: Drink a boldo tea with the juice from half a lemon to help strengthen and balance the body.
BREAKFAST: Eat a bowl of papaya, which is wonderful for cleansing the body, reducing inflammation, and removing toxins that have been stored in the intestines preventing good bodily functioning. Add raw oats and a few diced walnuts or almonds to your papaya, and drink a glass of rice or almond milk.
MID-MORNING: Make whole grain toast with extra-virgin olive oil and spread avocado cream over it. To make this cream, mix a whole, ripe avocado with one quarter of an onion, a bit of minced garlic, and the juice from 3 lemons. Add a little bit of salt, and spread over your toast. Eat with a piece or panela cheese or queso fresco.
LUNCH: Vegetable and fish soups, or choose foods by avoiding red meat or chicken. Opt of vegetables, salads, prickly pear, etc. At lunch, eat a small piece of avocado in your soup.
MID-AFTERNOON: make carrot juice with prickly pear. You could substitute the prickly pear with aloe, which is a wonderful remedy that also helps reduce cholesterol, cure the body, cleans the intestines and blood, etc.
DINNER: A salad with an apple and yogurt are wonderful, or a place of rice with vegetables, especially broccoli.
Throughout the day, drink two liters of water and a glass with one tablespoon of liquid chlorophyll. Keep an eye on your stress, which is one factor that influences this condition. We recommend you practice yoga or tai-chi, and eat whole grains without forgetting to frequently include oats, aloe or prickly pear. Eat avocados daily, along with lentils or vegetable soups.
Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 08/29/2018
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