How to keep your cholesterol levels in check and avoid heart disease with our top products on the high street

CORONARY heart disease is the number one UK killer and a major cause is high cholesterol – fat in the bloodstream that builds up in arteries and stops blood flow to the heart.

Ready for October, which is National Cholesterol month, we look at ways to keep levels in check. Also this week, we test gel body moisturisers.

OatWell Original

(28 day supply, £24.99, hollandandbarrett.com)

OatWell
The pure natural bran powder has been scientifically proven to help reduce blood cholesterol by up to ten per cent

A soluble oat bran fibre called beta-glucan binds excess cholesterol within the gut to help prevent it being absorbed.

The pure natural bran powder has been scientifically proven to help reduce blood cholesterol by up to ten per cent within three weeks if you have an 11g scoop a day. It can be sprinkled into cereal or smoothies.

Freeletics exercise app

(£12.99 a month, freeletics.com)

exercise
You do a fitness test and then the Freeletics app works out an exercise schedule for you

Almost half of us think just 30 minutes of exercise per week is optimal for a healthy heart, but in fact 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic activity is needed to improve your cholesterol levels. Download the Freeletics app for motivation.

You do a fitness test and then it works out an exercise schedule for you. I like the fact you are never quite sure what schedule you will get, so it mixes things up.

Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend Capsules

(£20.99 for 90 capsules, udoschoice.co.uk)

Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend Capsules
Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend Capsules are another healthy alternative

The supplement contains a blend of essential fatty acids, omega 3 and 6, and phytosterols which are found in plants and are structurally similar to cholesterol so they help block absorption into your body. Clever stuff. You take three a day.

Beauty

Budget

Neutrogena, Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream

  • £5.99 from lookfantastic — buy now
Neutrogena
The pump dispenser means it’s the easiest to use of the three – and a bargain buy

This ultra-lightweight gel is formulated with hyaluronic acid to lock-in moisture and leave skin soft and non-greasy.

I suffer with dry skin on my lower legs and this has been a game changer! The pump dispenser means it’s the easiest to use of the three – and a bargain buy. My favourite!

Mid

Nip + Fab, Hyaluronic Fix Body Gel

  • £7.99 from nipandfab — buy now
Nip + Fab, Hyaluronic Fix Body Gel
Nip + Fab, Hyaluronic Fix Body Gel was hydrating, but not as much as the budget option

A gel moisturiser formulated to provide intense hydration for soft and plumper looking skin.

Hyularonic acid is included to maintain moisture and firm the skin, as well as vitamin c, aloe vera and glycerine.

This was absorbed almost instantly but left a slightly tacky feeling on the skin. It was hydrating, but not as much as the budget option.

Luxury

Bio-Oil, Dry Skin Gel

  • £8.99 from Superdrug — buy now
Bio-Oil
Bio-Oil feels light and absorbs quite well when applied but leaves a greasy sheen

This specially formulated water-free gel contains higher levels of oil in order to lock in moisture. Contains natural hyaluronic acid and glycerine.

It feels light and absorbs quite well when applied but leaves a greasy sheen.

I didn’t mind this on the legs as it gave them a nice glow.

Smells gorgeous too, but this small tub doesn’t go far.

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