4Red wine –

If you must drink alcohol, pour yourself glass of red wine. Your doctor won’t encourage you to drink alcohol of course, because of the damage it can do to your liver, its effects on those with high blood pressure and its ability to cause heart muscle disease. But experts say that moderate amounts of it can actually be good for your heart. The recommended daily intake is one glass for women and two, for men.

Pregnant women are advised to steer away from it completely. The polyphenol antioxidant or resveratrol in red wine has been discovered to decrease LDL. Apart from resveratrol, it is also studied to be rich in antioxidants such as quercetin and proanthocyanidins. Alternately, you can drink freshly pressed purple grapes or just eat a small bunch of the fruit. Not into red wine or any other alcoholic drink?

Tea –


How about tea instead of red wine? Green as well as black tea are scientifically proven to aid in lowering cholesterol. Bergamot which is used to flavor Earl Gray tea, is extracted from a citrus fruit grown in Italy. It apparently helps lower LDL, increases good cholesterol, alleviates fatty liver disease and lower blood sugar. But more research is needed to back this particular claim.