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Are there any foods that are good sources of HDL cholesterol?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
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In brief: Yes!

Moderate exercise (about 30 minutes 5 times a week) reduces LDL cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol.
Smoking can lower HDL levels, so stop smoking if you do. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein. Include monounsaturated fats in your diet- olive oil/canola oil. Moderate consumption of alcohol may also positively impact HDL levels. 1 glass of wine a day.

In brief: Yes!

Moderate exercise (about 30 minutes 5 times a week) reduces LDL cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol.
Smoking can lower HDL levels, so stop smoking if you do. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein. Include monounsaturated fats in your diet- olive oil/canola oil. Moderate consumption of alcohol may also positively impact HDL levels. 1 glass of wine a day.
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Dr. Gary Birnbaum
Internal Medicine

In brief: Not really

Hdl or high density lipoprotein is a particle that carries cholesterol in the blood.
There are no foods that are great sources to increase HDL particle numbers. It has been said that red wine will raise hdl-c, the amount of cholesterol in HDL particles. It is not clear that this really helps everyone so check with your doctor before having wine. Foods with omega 3 dha and epa may help hdl-c.

In brief: Not really

Hdl or high density lipoprotein is a particle that carries cholesterol in the blood.
There are no foods that are great sources to increase HDL particle numbers. It has been said that red wine will raise hdl-c, the amount of cholesterol in HDL particles. It is not clear that this really helps everyone so check with your doctor before having wine. Foods with omega 3 dha and epa may help hdl-c.
Dr. Gary Birnbaum
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Dr. Maureen Mays
Clinical Lipidology

In brief: No

Hdl is raised by lowering triglycerides (if they are elevated), by exercise (minimally), buy alcohol (in moderation) and by Niacin (vitamin b3).
No flush Niacin doesn't work, "slow release" Niacin may be toxic to the liver. Ask your doctor before taking niacin.

In brief: No

Hdl is raised by lowering triglycerides (if they are elevated), by exercise (minimally), buy alcohol (in moderation) and by Niacin (vitamin b3).
No flush Niacin doesn't work, "slow release" Niacin may be toxic to the liver. Ask your doctor before taking niacin.
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