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I am on Simvastatin (20 mg tabs). My 'bad' cholesterol is currently 3.9.which is OK. I have been told that my 'good' cholesterol is too low. What do I need to do/eat to improve my 'good' cholesterol?

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It is great that you are actively taking control of your Cholesterol levels. I have listed below the foods that will boost HDL levels and others that assist with reducing Bad Cholesterol. Please let us know if Health At Hand can help you further.

Beans and lentils

All types of beans - from chick peas to lentils and even plain old baked beans - can help to boost your levels of good 


Many studies now show that oats help to reduce the amounts of bad cholesterol in the body and boost good HDL cholesterol levels. This is because oats contain beta glucans, this is a fibre that dissolves and sticks to the walls of the intestine. This stops the absorption of bad cholesterol. 

Garlic and onions

Studies have linked compounds contained in garlic with lowering bad cholesterol in the body and boosting good cholesterol. 

Oily fish and Shell Fish 

Fish such as Trout, Salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring contain an active ingredient called omega-3 fatty acids which boost levels of good 

Olive oil 

Although olive oil is a fat it is a monounsaturated fat which has been shown to both reduce bad cholesterol and boost good 


Avocados also contain monounsaturated fats. 

Fruit and vegetables containing vitamins C and E  

Vitamin C protects good cholesterol and both vitamins C and E stop bad cholesterol from sticking to the body's artery walls. 

Answered by Health at Hand nurses

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