If you're wondering how to lower cholesterol, what if I told you that you could make just one simple lifestyle change and watch your cholesterol numbers go down, would you do it? Try this strategy and lower your cholesterol with oatmeal. It's simple and healthy.
Things You'll Need
- flax seed (if you like)
Studies have shown that oatmeal has a tendency to lower cholesterol. There are a few things you need to do, however, in order to make oatmeal work for you. First of all, eating those instant packets just isn't effective. You need to get old fashioned or steel cut oats in order to get the maximum amount of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which are responsible for reducing the cholesterol.
Also, in order to get the maximum benefit from eating oatmeal to lower your cholesterol, you want to cut out the sugar and add fruit and/or artificial sweetener instead. Look at the resource section for some excellent oatmeal recipes that incorporate fruit in a really yummy way.
You may be wondering how much oatmeal you have to eat in order to get health benefits. The current recommendation is 1/2 a day. This is easy to do, as 1/3 cup is really not very much.
If you are very serious about wanting to lower your cholesterol, lower your cholesterol naturally by adding in some flax seed. After you cook your oatmeal, just add two teaspoons of ground flax seed. You can grind it in a coffee grinder. Do not cook the flax seed, because then you lose some of the benefits.
Add some low-fat milk or soy milk if you want. Remember to check the resource section for recipes. After all, if the oatmeal tastes plain and yucky, it will be difficult for you to make this change in your life to lower your cholesterol naturally.