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High cholesterol can be a result from your body and the foods that you eat. Too much in your blood has dangerous side effects. It can cause a plaque buildup on the walls of your arteries, which may result in the blockage of blood flow and cause blood clots.

Some causes of high cholesterol include a poor diet that consists of saturated and trans fats, your age – the older you are the higher your risk, your family history, and obesity.

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The good news is that, although there are foods that are spiking your cholesterol levels, there are also foods that can naturally lower them. Some of these foods include beans, grapefruit, fatty fish and red wine.

Before resorting to medications, consider eating more fiber-rich foods, consuming protein-rich plan foods and limiting your consumption of foods that contain saturated and trans fats.