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Hi, I’m Jordan Rubin and welcome to Ancient
Medicine Today, brought to you by draxe.com. Today, we’re going to talk about a topic that
I actually believe is controversial. But so many people are interested in lowering
cholesterol. Folks, I have to say this that I had a little
arm-twisting to even do this program. Why? Because I do not believe, we do not believe
that elevated total cholesterol levels are an indicator of heart disease risk. I believe that is a myth. However, I do believe that HDL, high-density
lipoprotein which has been deemed good cholesterol is very beneficial on the body, and you want
to have a good ratio between HDL and LDL. I’ve got to tell you a little secret. I already had a decent cholesterol level,
and one time for an experiment, I went on a diet that was loaded with cholesterol, loaded
with saturated fat. I’m talking loaded, sticks of butter a day,
etc. My cholesterol level, my total went down,
and my HDL went up about 40%, and I consumed 12 eggs a day, sticks of butter. Now, we’re not going to talk about that today,
but I will say this, folks. I believe so many people are on statin drugs
unnecessarily. I believe it can cause side effects with your
musculature. I believe it can cause side effects with energy,
libido, sexual function, particularly testosterone production in men. I’ve seen men who’ve had a heart attack that
are on cholesterol meds post-heart attack, and their total levels are in the low 90s,
it’s unbelievable. I really believe you’re being robbed of a
lot of your manhood and womanhood, because cholesterol is the building block of hormones
and we want those building blocks. So for those of you who have elevated cholesterol,
and often it is hereditary. My wife has high total cholesterol but off-the-charts
high HDL. It’s genetic, her mom does, and probably her
grandmother or grandfather did. But here’s the deal that doesn’t mean she’s
unhealthy. In fact, high HDL is one of the best things
you can have in your system, and let me say it before I get started. Dietary cholesterol does not raise cholesterol. It’s proven now after the stupid egg-white
craze of the ’90s and 2000s, that egg yolks don’t cause high cholesterol. In fact, they’re really good for you in so
many ways. And the modern versions of the caveman, or
paleo diet, or low-carb diet, or ketogenic diet are proving it. So after all that, let me get off my soapbox
and say, if you’re dealing with high cholesterol levels that your doctors told you to improve
including low HDL and high LDL, I have a treat for you because we’re going to share with
you the top 12 cholesterol-lowering foods right now on Ancient Medicine Today. And as always, if you loved this information,
make sure to click that “like button”, and more importantly, we need you to get this
message out. Tens of millions of people are on cholesterol
medications, many unnecessarily. So many people are at risk of heart disease. In fact, a good friend of mine had a grandfather
who was perfectly healthy in his mid-70s and died overnight someday last week. It was just devastating, and I’m not suggesting
that high cholesterol is a risk, but what I am saying is, these heart healthy foods
can lower your cholesterol and do so much more. Let’s get started. Number one, vegetables. Fiber helps to soak up certain fats in the
diet and the antioxidants in colored vegetables, like you see on the screen are amazing. There’s tomatoes, there’s cucumbers, there’s
peppers we see on the screen. Green foods are amazing. You even see an avocado peeking out which
is technically a fruit. Avocado is awesome for you, and the monounsaturated
fats are universally accepted now to help with high cholesterol, as is the Vitamin E
and potassium. So number one, eat more vegetables. Sprouts are great, fermented veggies are amazing
because the probiotics help lower cholesterol, and more importantly, bring you into balance. Number two, the second top cholesterol-lowering
food would be nuts. You might think I’m nuts for suggesting a
fat to lower cholesterol but now we know, again, that monounsaturated fats which you
will see, almonds, you might not recognize those almonds because they’re in a shell. Most of us don’t even know what to do with
that anymore. There are hazelnuts, we used to call that
filberts when I was a kid, I’m not sure why. Both of those are high in monounsaturated
fats and fiber, as are macadamia nuts. I believe if you just eat a handful of almonds
a day, you’re going to help your cholesterol levels. Again, good fats, fiber, and almonds have
antioxidants especially if they’re not blanched or the skin is not removed. Number three, the third top cholesterol-lowering
food or foods would be chia and flax. I’m going to make a guarantee here. If you will consume three tablespoons a day
of either whole chia, ground chia, or ground flaxseed three tablespoons a day, and you
can even do it twice a day, I guarantee in six weeks, you’ll have a better cholesterol
profile. Why? Because chia and flax have good fats, ALA
or a form of omega-3, antioxidants. Chia is actually a great source of anthocyanins,
the same antioxidant you find in blueberries and fiber. Chia and flax are loaded with fiber, high
20% of their weight. So if you do three tablespoons a day – let
me do a little math – you’re going to get three to four grams of fiber so, make sure
to get flax and chia use it in smoothies recipes, use a superfood powder that has them. They are amazing for cholesterol, for the
gut, so many other things. Number four, olive oil. I recommend olive oil, again, as a source
of monounsaturated fats, as well as antioxidants. Look for the purest, let me rephrase that,
the most unrefined extra virgin olive oil. You want one that smells and tastes like olives. Olive polyphenols including the water-soluble,
which is a little bit in there, and the fat-soluble antioxidants are amazing. I do not recommend cooking with olive oil,
put it on or in food because these antioxidants can be delicate and they can be unstable. So make sure when you consume olive oil to
take advantage of the fats, the omega-9, the oleic monounsaturated, and the polyphenolic
antioxidants. Consume it on food warm or room temperature. Olive oil is awesome. Everybody believes it. The star of the Mediterranean diet. Folks, here’s the cool thing, we’re going
to go over 12 cholesterol-lowering foods today here on Ancient Medicine Today and we’re here
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need it. I guarantee you, tens of millions of people,
especially those that are older that are super scared of cholesterol will want to hear this
information. Number five, avocados, one of my favorite
foods on the planet. I really think an avocado a day keeps the
doctor away. It also helps lower cholesterol with its fiber,
monounsaturated fats, and vitamin E, which is an antioxidant. Bingo. You’ve got the three: good fat, fiber, and
antioxidants. Remember that two out of three ain’t bad,
but three out of three is great. Eat avocados, and guacamole is pictured here. I love them in salad. I love them and smoothies. You can even make an avocado chocolate pudding. Guess where you learn about that? On the Dr. Axe Facebook page, YouTube channel,
or draxe.com. Number six, salmon. Salmon doesn’t have fiber and animal foods
don’t, but salmon contains a powerful antioxidant known as astaxanthin. It’s what makes wild salmon red or pink or
orange, and it has omega-3 fatty acids, DHA, and EPA, which help reduce inflammation. The reason cholesterol can be an issue for
your heart is that certain forms of cholesterol can become oxidized or rancid in your system,
and cause your capillaries to have issues. But I believe the cholesterol is not the culprit. Blaming cholesterol on a heart attack or heart
disease or blockages in your arteries is kind of like blaming the fireman for the fire. I think the cholesterol is there to plug the
holes. The holes are there because the diet and environment
of the person has allowed fragility and dryness, let’s just call it that, in the arteries. So that’s the deal, but salmon can help with
good sources of fats, and antioxidants, as well as vitamin D, and protein. Number seven, gluten-free whole grains. I’m a big fan, if you do eat grains, of heirloom
grains, quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, dark rice, black or purple, loaded with antioxidants. I like darker red quinoa. Again, antioxidants, fiber, a little bit of
fat. There’s a great little grain called “kaniwa”
which I like. But gluten-free whole grains, and we know
that gluten-free oats, particularly if it’s whole oats, can lower cholesterol due to soluble
fiber. I’m not a big fan of oats in great consumption
but if you do make oatmeal, make sure to put some fat in it, I’m talking about coconut
oil, butter, etc. You want to make sure to slow the absorption
of those carbohydrates. You’ve already got fiber, adding fat will
help. Number eight, this is a huge benefit to cholesterol,
green tea. Strong green tea, jasmine, matcha, shincha,
whatever green tea you want, as long as it’s organic is a great source of polyphenols. These polyphenols not only lower cholesterol,
but they help protect your arteries and the cholesterol you have from oxidation. In Japan or China, people consume on average
10 strong cups of green tea a day. Green tea is good for so many things, especially
cholesterol. I’m Jordan Rubin here on Ancient Medicine
Today, brought to you by draxe.com. We’re here every weekday 10:30 a.m. Central Time and we’re here for you. If you like this information, click the “like
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of people have an opportunity to be free from the bondage of high cholesterol and even medications. Number nine, beans and legumes. Beans and legumes are great sources of fiber. Some are better than others, not a big fan
of soy, but the darker color beans, lentils are amazing. Mung beans are even more amazing. Mung beans which are usually green, they are
anti-inflammatory and high in fiber. Lentils are very easy to digest. Black beans are good, and there’s a bean that’s
popular in Asia called adzuki beans. Sounds a little weird but it’s really good
for you. Beans and their fiber do help lower cholesterol
but too many beans can also hinder absorption because I have something called lectins which
combine the cells in your body. So I recommend again lentils, and find some
dark colored lentils. Split peas would fall into this category,
in my opinion, because it’s a legume. Cashews are legumes. You can eat those in moderation. Peanuts are legumes which I don’t tell everyone
to consume but they can be good if they’re organic. And then, mung beans, adzuki beans, and you
know what’s even better, bean sprouts. Garbanzos aren’t bad either, but sprouted
beans are really, really good. Number 10, the 10th cholesterol-lowering food,
turmeric. Remember, its oxidized cholesterol that’s
the issue. Turmeric is an antioxidant with its curcumin. Turmeric is powerful to protect the body cells
and the heart. So if you’ve got elevated cholesterol levels,
particularly elevated LDL and low HDL, consume turmeric in spices and food. Consume it as an extract in supplements, a
tea, make golden milk which you can take some fresh or dried turmeric root, boil it in almond,
coconut, or even grass-fed dairy milk. Strain the turmeric out and have an awesome
drink. Add a little more spice to it such as cinnamon,
little honey. It is awesome and it’s what they do in the
Eastern parts of the world, or take a turmeric essential oil or CO2. Turmeric’s the bomb, you need it every day,
and it’s great for cholesterol issues. Number 11, garlic. Garlic with its various compounds, their sulfur
compounds, is great for cholesterol. Eat it cooked, you can eat it raw, just avoid
people for a few days. Garlic is really, really good. There are some fermented or aged garlic capsules
that have been shown to protect the body and reduce cholesterol levels, particularly LDL,
and reduce oxidation. So, garlic is amazing. You can also make a garlic tea. It’s great for your immune system as well,
and it’s antifungal. Here is a pretty interesting theory, statin
drugs which are prescribed for cholesterol levels that are elevated are antifungal. They’re sort of made from soil-based organisms,
actually. Garlic is antifungal, so are statin drugs,
so there are people that believe that elevated cholesterol levels or the issues they cause
are really an underlying fungal invasion. Ponder that for a moment. The 12th cholesterol-lowering food, sweet
potatoes. Why? Sweet potatoes are loaded with antioxidants
including beta-carotene, and sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber. Sweet potatoes are very nutritious. A little high in starch, so what I’d recommend
is consume sweet potato with fat. Fat always helps the antioxidants increase
in your body in their bioavailability, and who would ever want sweet potato without butter? That’s right. You need to consume sweet potatoes with butter,
it helps to bring out the antioxidants. You can use ghee as well. You can use coconut oil, or you can use coconut,
what they would call “butter” which is sort of creamed coconut, really, really yummy. Folks, if you’re dealing with high cholesterol,
low HDL, high LDL, or you know someone who does, whether they’re on statin drugs are
not, these 12 foods can lower your cholesterol. And remember, I don’t believe high cholesterol
causes heart disease, but oxidized cholesterol does cause damage. Let’s go over these right now. Vegetables, many colors, good fiber, consume
them often. Nuts, particularly almonds, are a great source
of omega-9 fatty acids and fiber. Chia and flax seed, three tablespoons a day,
I guarantee your cholesterol will go away or at least get lowered. Olive oil, look for extra virgin, particularly
the tasty aromatic high antioxidant olive oil. Use it on food not for cooking. Avocados are a great source of omega-9 fats,
fiber, and minerals as well as vitamin E. Salmon, great source of antioxidants, and
protein, and good omega-3 fats. Make sure to look for wild-caught. You can do canned, you can do frozen, you
can do fresh, you could do sashimi. Just do it. Salmon’s good for you. Gluten-free whole grains, we talked about
dark-colored grains that are heirloom variety, quinoa, amaranth, millet, kaniwa, purple or
black rice. Those are going to be the best. And if you’re someone who loves oats, occasionally,
doing an organic slow-cooked oat or groat, which is the grain that becomes an oat when
you flake it. Do that, make sure to put some fat in there. Maybe a little spice such as cinnamon will
make the whole thing better. Green tea is absolutely amazing as a source
of polyphenols I say drink three cups a day of strong green tea. That will be really, really great for you. Beans and legumes are wonderful. We talked about the colored beans and legumes,
such as colored lentils, split peas, mung beans, and adzuki beans. Turmeric just absolutely rocks. I recommend consuming it every day. Ratchet up your spices the antioxidants in
turmeric help reduce oxidation in the body. Garlic is great because it’s antifungal and
it has cholesterol-lowering properties. And last but not least, sweet potatoes, add
some fat to it antioxidants, and fiber. These 12 foods, folks, will help you lower
your cholesterol in as little as three weeks. You want to avoid processed sugar because
that’s a big no-no in cholesterol and triglyceride levels, but this is going to help you out
not just in your heart but in your gut and so many other ways. I’m Jordan Rubin for Ancient Medicine Today,
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