Cholesterol: The Top Foods to Lower Your Numbers

Diet can play an important role in lowering your cholesterol. These foods can lower your cholesterol and protect your heart.
• Oatmeal and oat bran

Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad” cholesterol. Soluble fiber is also found in such foods as kidney beans, apples, pears, barley and prunes.

• Walnuts, almonds and more

According to the Food and Drug Administration, eating about a handful (1.5 ounces, or 42.5 grams) a day of most nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachio nuts and walnuts, can reduce your risk of heart disease.

• Omega-3 fatty acids

Research has supported the cholesterol-lowering benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids also help the heart in other ways such as reducing blood pressure and the risk of blood clots.