Low-density lipids are known as bad cholesterol to many who suffer high cholesterol. Also known as LDL, these lipids are transported through the blood stream, increasing risk of cardiovascular disease when levels are high. LDL is easily recognized in plasma as a cloudy formation. Plasma is left after red blood cells and white blood cells are removed from blood serum samples. It is the liquid portion of the blood that aids in proper clotting and blood flow. To remove LDL from plasma, you must follow certain guidelines for optimum benefits to your health.
Eat a low-fat diet consisting of a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables while limiting intake of saturated fats. Saturated fats can be found in coconut oil, dairy products made from whole milk, lard, beef, pork, poultry fats found in the skin and coconuts. Opt for skinless chicken or turkey, low-fat milk and milk products, canola and corn oils, and lean cuts of meat. Avoid fried foods and refined sugars as well.
Exercise regularly. Endurance training such as walking, running, rowing and swimming are ideal exercises to keep the heart strong and reduce lipid levels. According to a 2000 study conducted by the American Physiological Society, endurance exercises were more effective at reducing overall cholesterol and LDL levels than high-impact exercises such as aerobics.
Take cholesterol medications prescribed by your physician. Cholesterol medications break down LDL in order for the body to easily process these lipids and remove them through the body's natural filtration of the blood performed by the liver.
Opt for hormone replacement therapy if you are undergoing menopause. Perimenopausal women will experience higher LDL levels due to hormone fluctuations that cause the body's ability to process and break down lipids to slow significantly. Estrogen and progesterone therapies in perimenopausal women and women suffering breast cancer can greatly reduce lipid levels according to the same 2000 study by the American Physiological Society.