5 ways to lower your cholesterol

5 ways to lower your cholesterol
  • Switch your fat

"Reducing the amount of saturated fat you eat is one of the bests ways of keeping your cholesterol down" says Linda Main. "Swap foods such as butter, lard and fatty meats for unsaturated fats from plants, fish, nuts and seed sources such as avocadoes, oily fish, walnuts and sunflower seeds". One of the easiest ways to do this to cook with rapeseed oil, which has less saturated fat than all other cooking oils and fats and contains chloesterol-lowering omega 3, 6 and 9. Better still, ditch the frying pan and try grilling, steaming, boiling or baking foos instead.

  • Join a walking group

"Staying active helps reduce your risk of heart disease and lowers blood pressure" says Linda. "Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, five days a week". A recent study showed members of a walking club significantly reduced their cholesterol, as well as their body fat and blood pressure.

  • Go Mediterranean

People in the mediterranean have the lowest incidence of heart disease. Adopt their diet which involves plenty of fruit and veg, wholegrains and at least one portion of oily fish, such as salmon or mackeral, a week. You can still have some red meant and dairy , just in moderation.

  • Breakfast matters

Get your day off to the best start by opting for a breakfast full of chlolesterol-lowering oats. A bowl of porridge or an oat-based breakfast cereal is a great choice. Add antioxident-rich strawberries or apples to get even more heart-healthy benefits.

  • Snack on healthy nuts

All nuts contain heart healthy unsaturated fats as well as plant sterols, which stop your body absorbing as much cholesterol. Just a handful of nuts a day as a snack could reduce your cholesterol by an average of 55 per cent. If you don't like nuts, try an avocado or some edermame beans as snacks - both are proven to lower your cholesterol.