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For a healthy heart, improving blood lipids ratios is important. Total and LDL cholesterol should be within acceptable range, with high HDL and low triglyceride levels. Healthy body weight, increased intake of omega 3 and saturated fats, fiber rich food, lower intake of sugar and wheat products help lower triglyceride levels. Supplements help reduce inflammation.
Good fats are found in seafood, nuts, flax seed, monounsaturated fats like olive oil, saturated fats like coconut oil. They contain two vital fatty acids - Omega 3 and Omega 6, our body can’t make. Bad fats found in vegetable, sunflower, sesame seed oil - are too high on Omega 6. Poor fatty acid ratio can cause inflammation and damage immune system. Use in moderation.
Fresh butter made from non-pasteurized, non-homogenized, whole fat milk from grass-fed cows, contains short and medium chain fatty acids and leads to fewer harmful, small dense LDL cholesterol. This along with minerals manganese, chromium, zinc, copper, selenium, iodine and fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K2, make butter a healthy option for the heart.
Eat foods that contain monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats instead of foods that contain saturated fats or trans fats. It helps break down existing fat by activating the fat-burning pathways through the liver. It also takes a longer time to digest than other nutrients, keeping you feeling full for a longer time.
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