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5 Cholesterol Softening Drinks After New Year's Banquet

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – New Year’s banquet is filled with various menus, usually consisting of fatty foods such as meat to seafood. Even though it is delicious, unfortunately consuming these foods, especially in large quantities, can trigger an increase in bad cholesterol levels in the body.

Especially for people who are lazy to exercise, which allows this bad cholesterol to accumulate in the body. To prevent this, there are several natural ways to reduce cholesterol by mixing drinks.

Here are five healthy drinks that can help lower cholesterol in the body, as reported by detikcom:

1. Apple Juice
Health expert Stephanie Leach recommends this one drink. The phytochemical content in apples can prevent the oxidation of bad cholesterol, aka LDL.

A six-week study involving healthy men and women proved the same benefits of consuming apple juice as consuming whole apples.

Men and women have levels of fat, cholesterol and carbohydrates and sugar in the same number of calories. What sets it apart is that those who eat whole apples have an increase in fiber intake by 22%.

From these studies it is concluded that consuming adequate amounts of apple juice will increase antioxidant activity in the body. Choose pure apple juice without preservatives and artificial sweeteners.

Important note, avoid buying apple juice in packs that are widely available in supermarkets. Because, it is likely that the juice contains unnatural ingredients. It is best to make apple juice yourself at home.

2. Carrot Juice
This one drink is like apple juice because it contains lots of soluble fiber. The purpose of soluble fiber is to bind bad cholesterol and remove it from the body. As a bonus, carrot juice is high in calcium, vitamin C.

The role of Vitamin C is to metabolize cholesterol so that the body can easily get rid of it. Carrot juice also contains a powerful antioxidant called beta-carotene which reduces LDL oxidation.

3. Lemon Water
This one is not only great for losing weight, but also for reducing bad cholesterol levels in the body. Lemon water is high in antioxidants and pectin, which is a soluble fiber that nourishes the heart.

A study also shows the benefits of consuming lemon peel. There is a content d-limonene which has been shown to reduce triglyceride levels.

4. Pomegranate Juice
This fruit, also known as pomegranate, is rich in benefits because it is high in antioxidants. The Mayo Clinic reveals that pomegranate juice contains antioxidants called polyphenols.

The amount of antioxidants in pomegranate juice is said to be three times more than green tea or red wine. High antioxidant intake is associated with better heart health and cholesterol.

Choose natural pomegranate juice without added sugar to other artificial sweeteners.

5. Green Tea
Healthline explained that green tea is one of the healthiest cholesterol-lowering drinks that you can try. This is because green tea has high antioxidants. Choose green tea leaves to get maximum benefits than green tea bags. This is of course because this type of tea has gone through a lot of processing.

[Gambas:Video CNBC]