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By: HealthSpring Staff
Learn how to increase your HDL cholesterol (the good kind) with these four tips:
Incorporate both vigorous aerobic exercise like high-intensity interval training and strength training to increase HDL particles.
Eat “Good” Fats
Olive oil is key. The antioxidant properties of olive oil can help support HDL function. Plus, this “good” fat has been proven to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes more than any other source of monounsaturated or “good” fat. Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, mackerel or herring also work wonders.
Sixty days after you stop smoking, your HDL cholesterol goes up to where it was before you began smoking cigarettes.
Antioxidants Are Your Friend
Leafy greens, berries, beets and red peppers are filled with antioxidants that can increase HDL levels as well as protect them from oxidation. Oxidized LDL invade the inflammatory cells and contributes to plaque buildup in the arteries.
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