Oatmeal, fish, walnuts, olive oil and any foods with added plant stanols or sterols contribute to reducing high cholesterol numbers. Diet along with exercise and some other lifestyle changes plays a crucial role in managing cholesterol levels, as stated by Mayo Clinic.
Oatmeal and oat bran have soluble fiber, which cuts down the LDL, or "bad," cholesterol in the bloodstream. Kidney beans, prunes, barley, pears and apples also have soluble fiber, which can slow the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. Getting at least 5 grams of soluble fiber a day is enough to make a measurable impact, notes Mayo Clinic.
Fatty fish, such as herring, lake trout and mackerel, contain omega-3 fatty acids, which drop blood pressure as well as reduce the risk of clotting. The American Heart Association recommends a minimum of two servings of fish per week. The best way to prepare fish is grilling or baking to avoid the unhealthy fats that come with breading and frying, states Mayo Clinic.
Walnuts, pecans, pistachio nuts, hazelnuts and other nuts cut the risk of heart disease because of the polyunsaturated fatty acids they contain. It just takes a handful of nuts, though, because they are high in calories, and it is important to stick with unsalted nuts, according to Mayo Clinic