You could do wonders for your cholesterol profile by crunching on three of these a day: apples.
According to Maoshing Ni, PhD, author of Secrets of Self-Healing, eating three apples a day for 3 months could help lower cholesterol by as much as 20 points.
Ni points to a Finnish study on nutrition and heart disease in which the apple effects on cholesterol were observed. And because of the almighty apple's low-cal, high-fiber profile, this fruit is one of his favorite home remedies for good cardiovascular health.
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Still not an apple fan? Ni also recommends spices such as fennel, oregano, black pepper, basil and tarragon as natural ways to help keep cholesterol in check.
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