High cholesterol: Five fruits rich in fibre and pectin to help lower your levels

Speaking of fibre-fruits helping to lower cholesterol, berries are also equally as powerful.

Fruit contains bioactive compounds that help prevent heart disease and other chronic diseases due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Eating berries, which are particularly rich sources of these plant compounds, can help increase “good” HDL and lower “bad” LDL cholesterol.

According to a study published in Science Direct, fresh berries can significantly reduce the build-up of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, a culprit that contributes to heart disease, stroke and atherosclerosis, a form of arteriosclerosis.

Blackberries have the highest LDL inhibitory effect, followed by red raspberries, blueberries and strawberries, according to doctor Edwin Frankel, of the University of California at Davis where the research was done.

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