Lupins to reduce cholesterol: do they work?

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Apparently, according to a recent poll released by Repubblica, 40% of the population of the country does not know that they have above average cholesterol levels.


The alarm is that this figure is growing, especially in the female population, despite the increases in the sale of certain foods and the growing preference for alternative diets, such as the vegetarian diet.

In fact, over 240 mg / dl we speak of hypercholesterolemia: high cholesterol is, in most cases, determined by diet and poor nutrition, sedentary, as well as from genetic factors, pathologies such as diabetes or periods of severe psychophysical stress.


Everyone knows that the prefer foods of plant origin and take low fat represent the best prevention of this dangerous ailment.

Furthermore, the fundamental role played by thephysical activity: at least half an hour a day between stairs, walking to get to work, play, jump and run as much as possible!

As part of a correct lifestyle and balanced diet, i lupini they can play a supporting role against high cholesterol. Here because.

 

The power of lupins in the fight against cholesterol

Lupins would therefore help check blood cholesterol levels, in particular LDL, the "bad" cholesterol.


These are small yellow legumes, with a particular taste, very popular especially in the center of the country, Emilia Romagna in the first place. The Lupine Albus or white lupine belongs to the Fabaceae family and gives a seed that is made edible after a cooking and pickling process.

Among the nutritional values ​​of considerable importance we find in lupins protein e fatty acids, both Omega-3 and Omega-6.


They also contain various minerals, such as iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium; however, they are precisely the polyunsaturated fatty acids to determine that particular cholesterol-lowering process, as indeed other foods that contain them also contribute to the same, including algae, fish, seeds and linseed oil, sunflower or peanut oil, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds.

Lupins therefore work to regulate cholesterol levels, but not by themselves: they are taken as an aperitif, as an ingredient in vegan main courses, or in soups and salads a couple of times a week, alternating them with other legumes, but we must not forget that a globally healthy lifestyle is what most helps the body to keep fit.

 

Lupins in the diet against cholesterol

But what are the foods, true allies of an anti-cholesterol diet? According to what is also reported by the Fondazione Veronesi website, the Mediterranean diet is still among the favorites, as it positively affects the levels of good cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, eliminating the bad one, LDL cholesterol, and helps prevent arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.


Here then is that cereals, legumes and vegetables are the first foods to be favored, in particular legumes should be consumed two to four times a week, in particular lupins and soy, as they would be able to reduce the cholesterol portion of the liver.


Sources updated: "Meridiano Cardio-The scenario of ischemic heart disease: focus on hypercholesterolemia", created by The European House-Ambrosetti, and supported by Amgen.

 

Discover the healing power of legumes

To learn more:

> High cholesterol, symptoms and natural remedies
> 5 recipes with lupins
> The survey published by Repubblica

> Anti-cholesterol foods: which are they and which ones to avoid

 

 

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