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YourLIFE: 6 FOODS THAT WILL LOWER CHOLESTEROL; EAT RIGHT.

Byline: GILLIAN McKeith

1 ALMONDS Eat a handful. They're high in mono-unsaturated fats - the same type found in olive oil - which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. But soak them overnight and they'll be much easier to digest.

2 KIDNEY BEANS Their contribution to heart health lies not just in their fibre but in their folate and magnesium. Folate helps to lower levels of homocysteine, an independent risk factor for heart attack, stroke and vascular disease, found in 20-40 per cent of patients with heart disease.

3 OATS Their high-fibre content helps remove cholesterol from the digestive system. And new research suggests that antioxidant compounds unique to oats, called avenanthramides, help prevent free radicals and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, too.

4 OLIVE OIL Contains mono-unsaturated fats. The substitution of mono-unsaturated fats for saturated fats in the diet has been shown to decrease total cholesterol by 13.4 per cent.

5 GARLIC Compounds found in garlic called S-Alk(en)yl cysteines have been shown to inhibit cholesterol production. You can grate garlic on to salads, use in soups or add to dips.

6 TANGERINE PEEL Compounds found in citrus fruit peels - called polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs) - can lower cholesterol. Grate a tablespoon or so of peel each day and use it to flavour tea, salads, soups or brown rice.

Help me, I'm feeling sluggish!

I'VE been indulging in far too much rich, fatty food and alcohol recently. Can you revitalise me?

GILLIAN SAYS: Your liver is overworked and screaming "help me!" Take Silymarin capsules twice daily for one month. Add the supplement CoEnzyme Q10 (60mg). It helps to create energy in your body cells. Cut out alcohol and instead drink veggie juices, along with three cups of nettle tea a day and two litres of water.

SNACK ATTACK

IF you suffer from gout snack on a bowl of cherries. They may help to lower uric acid, which will relieve symptoms.

Dr Gillian McKeith's Ultimate Health Plan, (Michael Joseph, pounds 14.99). Visit Gillian's website at drgillianmckeith.com

Dr Gillian McKeith's Shopping Guide will be published by Michael Joseph on September 7 at pounds 6.99

Got a food question for Gillian? Email her at yourlife@mirror.co.uk
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