High cholesterol is among the leading causes of heart disease. And heart disease is the number one killer of American women and men. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, more than one million Americans suffer a heart attack each year, and nearly half a million people in the United States die from heart disease annually.

If you are one of the 73.5 million adults in the United States who has high levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, you are two times more likely than people with ideal cholesterol levels to develop heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While there are a number of pharmaceutical drugs available to lower cholesterol, simply adopting these home remedies into your daily diet might help you decrease bad cholesterol and lower your risk of heart disease.