Dr. Oz: Lowering Cholesterol with Food in Our Pantries
Dr. Oz asked his audience to show him their pantries. They all brought pictures of their home pantries. Dr. Oz picked a woman and asked her if she used the foods in her pantry for health. She said she used peanut butter to make her feel good and the marshmallows help the peanut butter go down. Dr. Oz said that there are several foods in the pantry that can lower cholesterol.
Dr. Oz asked the woman how her numbers were doing. She said her cholesterol level was borderline. Doctors are thinking about medication. The woman has gone back to the gym and changed her diet. She was looking for help from Dr. Oz for help lowering the cholesterol. Dr. Oz said that one of the medications he thought we could cut back on in America is cholesterol medication. They’re lifesaving when you need them, but he said we can reverse the need for them.
Dr. Oz: Extra Virgin Olive Oil For Lowering Cholesterol
When you have high cholesterol, plaque builds up in your veins, leaving you in danger of strokes or heart attacks. Luckily, Dr. Oz had some great foods to help us lower our cholesterol. The first one was Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which naturally helps increase the good cholesterol, which can help get rid of plaque. Within two hours of taking the right olive oil, your blood will be thinned already. Dr. Oz said you want to buy the darker olive oil, because the lighter-colored is more processed and has less of the compound we need to lower our cholesterol.
Dr. Oz: Broccoli Sprouts for Reducing Inflammation
The next food was broccoli sprouts, which looked like alfalfa. Broccoli sprouts are baby broccoli plants harvested early in their lifespan. All you need is a handful a day, which you can put on a sandwich. These are really effective for reducing inflammation in the arteries.
Dr. Oz: Chickpeas Lowering Cholesterol
Then there was chickpeas, lentils, and regular peas. These foods can lower cholesterol and they have fiber, which lowers cardiovascular risk. All you need is 3/4 cup a day. You could also eat hummus, which has chickpeas.
Dr. Oz: Citrus Fruit Helps Lower Cholesterol
Dr. Oz also recommends citrus fruits. They have a lot of fiber on the inside and have pectin, which helps hold cholesterol in the gut, rather than letting it spread throughout the body. The woman Dr. Oz was helping has acid reflux, so Dr. Oz told her she could skip it. But it’s still really good for lowering cholesterol. The white stuff (or pith) on the citrus fruit is where all the good is, so don’t be too persnickety when it comes to the white stuff.