GERMANY—A recent study conducted at the University Hospital of Bonn and presented in the current issue of Nature Immunology found that HDL “good cholesterol” helps fight off inflammation, and prevents clogging of the arteries.
High cholesterol levels cause dangerous deposits in the bloodstream, which lead to clogging/hardening of the arteries. As a consequence, this can lead to increased risk for stroke and heart attack. These bad cholesterol levels are known as low-density lipoprotein (LDL).
The study analyzed the different benefits that come from high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol). They found good cholesterol helps prevent cardiovascular diseases. In addition, they found that HDL has anti-inflammatory benefits.
According to WebMD, inflammation causes several chronic diseases. Some include, arthritis, heart disease, and cancer.
It is noted that a few things that will help lower bad cholesterol, and raise good cholesterol include:
- Eating fruit
- Eating 5 servings of vegetables per day
- Consuming fish, garlic and onions
If you are interested in fighting off inflammation and preventing heart disease, you might want to consider lowering your bad cholesterol levels and increasing your good cholesterol levels.
Have a healthy day,