We’ve all been warned of the consequences of having high cholesterol, but most of us don’t even know exactly what cholesterol is or what it does for our bodies. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, cholesterol is a waxy substance that your body produces naturally. It’s made in the liver, then circulates through the blood to help you digest food, create hormones, and produce vitamin D. Your body gets all the cholesterol it needs from the liver, but when you eat a diet high in full-fat dairy, meats, and saturated fats, your levels can go up.
Whether you’re predisposed to having high cholesterol or you eat a lot of unhealthy foods, there are steps you can take to lower your bad cholesterol.
1. Drink tea
Other benefits aside — and there are many — drinking tea can help lower cholesterol. A meta-analysis studying the effects of green tea consumption found the brewed beverage can favorably improve cholesterol. That being said, most of the trials were rather short. Even the longest ones were only conducted for three months.