Our good cholesterol is HDL, or high density lipoprotein, and it is a good measure of our heart health. Think of HDL's as car carriers in the blood stream. They transport the cars or LDL, low density lipoprotein or bad cholesterol, through the blood stream to the liver where it is broken down. If HDL is low or LDL is too high, too many cars stay in the blood stream and begin to pile up, causing the passageway in the blood vessels to narrow.
A desirable HDL level is above 60 mg/dl. Lifestyle choices along with food choices can help you increase your HDL. Below are some of our favorite HDL boosters.
Fatty Fish like Salmon and Tuna
Beans and Legumes
High Fiber Fruit
Flax and Chia seeds