After successfully lowering my total cholesterol and bad cholesterol levels I’m still not satisfied. My good cholesterol also known as HDL or High Density Lipoprotien also went down.
So I’d like to work on raising my good cholesterol.
Researchers at the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania did a small study that showed cranberry juice helped raise HDL levels in 19 people who participated in a 3 month study. Their HDL levels were raised by 10% by drinking modest amounts of cranberry juice. Here’s a link to an article about that study. Cranberry Juice Study.
Other ways to raise your HDL level include exercising more, losing weight, stopping smoking, drinking 1 or 2 drinks of alcohol per day, and increasing consumption of monounsaturated fats and soluble fiber. This is according to an article on about.com here.
Well I have a good way to increase my soluble fiber intake and that’s eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast every day. The flattened kind they call old fashioned oat meal. It’s convenient and good with blueberries and milk.
Monounsaturated fat intake can be done by eating more olive oil, canola oil, avocado oil, and peanut butter.
My own habits include most of these things already. To raise my HDL levels I would increase my exercising and consumption of some of these healthy foods and monounsaturated fats.
A really good HDL level is above 60. If yours is below 40 (50 for women) you should do something about it.
For more information read my article about how I lowered my cholesterol.