Category: Cholesterol

This Seed Reduces Blood Sugar, Triglyceride & Is An Anti-Oxidant

Foxtail millet (a seed not grain) reduces blood sugar, triglyceride level and is an antioxidant. It is largely grown in China and Southern states of India especially Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu.

We all know to prevent Hear Attack, one needs to keep Blood Glucose and Triglyceride Level in check. And one needs to consume anti-oxidant to counter the oxidation process. Foxtail millet fits all the above.

Japanese Foxtail Millet
Japanese Foxtail Millet

Foxtail Millet in Reducing Blood Sugar

Scientists from Sri Venketeswara  University (India) studied diabetic rats. They induced diabetes in rats and later fed them with Foxtail millet. Within 6 hours, they noticed 70% drop in Blood Glucose level. When they continued feeding diabetic rats for 30 day, their fasting Glucose Level decreased significantly. They also noticed improvement in glycemic control. Moreover, LDL level decreased with increased HDL levels. However, normal rats were unaffected.

Foxtail Millet in Reducing Triglyceride Level

Scientists from Seoul, South Korea, induced hyperlipidemia in 24 rats by feeding them high fat diet. Later they were divided into four groups. Each group contained 6 rats. To see the effect of different grains, a group was fed either white rice, sorghum, foxtail millet or proso millet for 5 weeks. The group which was fed with fox millet showed lower number of triglyceride level.

As you know amount of fat in blood (triglyceride level) is proportional to heart attack risk. Thereby reducing fat level in blood, reduces risk for heart attack.

Foxtail Millet – An Anti-Oxidant

A team of Biochemists from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada analyzed anti-oxidant activity in several variants of millet (kodo, finger, foxtail, proso, little and pearl millets). They found that kodo had the highest anti-oxidant level while proso the least. Although there is no mention as to the level of anti-oxidant level of Foxtail, it can be deduced they have decent amount as it is concluded that all millets have high anti-oxidant levels.

Therefore, don’t forget to include Foxtail Millet in your Diet. It is also a great substitute for rice.

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20869855

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20534332

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20465288

12 Foods That Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Lowering cholesterol is vital for your heart. Cholesterol level is measured by the amount of LDL present in your body. It is believed that LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) is the substance that forms as plaque along inner walls of coronary arteries resulting in heart attack. Therefore, by lowering LDL levels you lower your chance of heart attack.

If you had suffered heart attack in the past then you must be on Statins. Though Statins, lower your cholesterol, trying to reduce naturally is best.

Read how Statins works, their different types and side effects.

Here are 12 foods that lower cholesterol naturally:

1.Oatmeal:

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Oatmeals are high in soluble fiber which reduces level of LDL. Soluble fiber cuts the amount of cholesterol absorbed into the blood. Eat at least 10 gm of soluble fiber per day to see significant drop in LDL levels. Other foods which are high in soluble fiber are apple, pear, kidney beans, prunes, barley and banana.

2.Beans:

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Beans and lentils, like oatmeal, are high in soluble fiber. Most important of all they contain a nutrient called lecithin which helps lower cholesterol. Beans are also high in protein and low in fat.

3.Nuts:

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Eat handful of nuts daily to improve your cholesterol levels. Nuts contain Mono and Polyunsaturated fatty acids which keeps blood vessels healthy. Walnut is most preferred of all nuts. Some other nuts include almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pistachio etc. Try eating them eating raw without salting. And don’t overeat them as they are high in calories.

4.Garlic:

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Allicin, the active ingredient present in Garlic helps lower LDL levels. Add them in your food as whole or crushed. Best way to enjoy Garlic is adding them into gravy. Apart from providing heart benefits it also increases the aroma and taste.

5.Blueberries:

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Pterostilbene, an antioxidant present in Blueberries helps to lower cholesterol. Moreover, they are high in soluble fiber and vitamins vital for a healthy heart.

6.Avocado:

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Avocados are high in Monounsaturated fats. And according to a research it has been found that consuming  an Avocado per day reduces the cholesterol levels. Eat them daily to reap benefits.

7.Olive Oil:

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Like Avocados, Olive oil is high in Monounsaturated fatty acids. Replace your regular oil with olive oil. Sprinkle some on salad dressings or use instead of butter. But remember, everything in moderation.

8.Whey Protein:

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Whey protein is one of the two protein found in dairy. Whey protein has shown to reduce LDL as well as total cholesterol. You can purchase whey protein in stores and they come in several flavors.

9.Tea:

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While Tea is known for its cancer fighting antioxidants, it also lowers LDL levels. In a research, it was found that people who drank black tea had their lipid drop 10% in just 3 weeks. Apart from lowering cholesterol, tea can also help reduce incidence of coronary artery disease.

10.Chocolate:

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Chocolates are great to lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure. Only dark chocolates are helpful not milk chocolates. Antioxidants present in dark chocolates increase HDL percentage in blood. According to a study, group which was given cocoa powder daily had 24% increase in HDL levels within 12 weeks.

11.Spinach:

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Spinach contains lutein a yellow pigment. Lutein is known to ward off clogging in arteries by cholesterols. It is recommended to eat at least 1/2 cup of spinach to reap benefits.

12.Soya:

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Soya contains low amount of saturated fats. Therefore, when you consume Soya, you automatically ingest less saturated fats. Soya are used as alternatives to meat which in turn reduces your saturated fat intake. Moreover, the protein in Soya is known to affect how the body processes cholesterol.

That’s the end of list and we know it isn’t comprehensive. We will update the above list regularly.

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