Foods That Raise HDL
Walnuts are another food that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and that may reduce the risk for heart disease. Walnuts are most beneficial when used to replace less healthy fats, such as saturated fat from meat; however, they have not been shown to lower LDL or raise HDL.
Dietary use of garlic may lower some types of cholesterol in the short term, but it does not appear to offer long-term protection against heart disease. Garlic may help to reduce LDL and triglycerides. However, this food has not been shown to raise HDL.
Moderate alcohol intake actually does raise HDL cholesterol, but does not lower LDL cholesterol. Research studies have shown that HDL can be increased, on average, by 4.0 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) with moderate alcohol consumption.
(Click Alcohol and High Cholesterol for more information.)
Although at this point, there are no foods that raise HDL, there are a number of other natural ways of achieving this. These include:
- Losing weight, if you are overweight
- Quitting smoking, if you smoke.
(Click Raising HDL for more information.)