High cholesterol refers to the presence of fatty molecules in the blood, which can be broken down into two proteins: low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein, i.e. “good” cholesterol.
When treating patients with high cholesterol, the first resort is often statins – a lipid-lowering drug.
These drugs, despite being largely tolerated, can produce unwanted side effects that leave many unwilling to take them.
But studies in the past have demonstrated that combining certain foods could have statin equivalent results.
One in particuar, led by doctor Scott Harding from King’s College, found that combing oats, almonds, soy and plant sterols, could significantly lower LDL cholesterol.