I’ve been told to eat more fiber to help reduce cholesterol. Tell me, how can fiber help reduce cholesterol?
Rhonda Answers: Yes, this is correct. Fiber can help reduce cholesterol, especially soluable fibers, like psyllium husks, flaxseeds, etc. Soluable fibers are indigestible fibers that I call the sweepers in the intestines and when consumed by the body it reduces the amount of bile that is reabsorbed in the intestines. These high soluble fiber foods reduce the absorption of bile in the intestines by leaving the body through the stool (bile movement). When the bile is gone, the liver starts to work to produce more bile salts. This bile salt is created when the liver pulls LDL Cholestorol into the blood stream. So, the more fiber you eat, the more LDL cholesterol is reduced in the body. So, if you consume at least one to two tablespoons of soluable fiber like pure psyllium husks, you are not only reducing your bad cholesterol, but also getting a good colon cleansing!
Please NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT STOP TAKING YOUR MEDICATIONS WITHOUT CONSULTING YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER. There are no known issues with consuming psyllim husks with your medications, but do inform your health care provider.
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