According to Dr Kathryn Basford, “The seeds of a pumpkin contain a compound called phytosterol, which is very effective in lowering LDL cholesterol le
According to Dr Kathryn Basford, “The seeds of a pumpkin contain a compound called phytosterol, which is very effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels. Phytosterols reduce your cholesterol levels by blocking the absorption of harmful cholesterol through food”.
Alongside pumpkin seeds, berries should also be considered.
They contain a chemical known as polyphenols.
According to Dr Basford they “help reduce the risk of strokes, improve insulin resistance and systemic inflammation and lower blood pressure. If you’re not a fan of berries you can also get polyphenols from tea, cocoa and fruits, as well as vegetables”.
So just to recap, five food and drinks you should consider including in your diet are:
- Pumpkin seeds
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