Often a patient is told by their doctor that they need to lower their cholesterol. However in many cases, the patient may not really know what cholesterol is, how it is used within the body or the risks (if any) of high cholesterol. In this article we’ll offer a very simple primer, along with ideas for lowering cholesterol without pharmaceutical drugs.
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a naturally occurring waxy substance that is found throughout the body, even within the blood and the nerves. Cholesterol is a vital part of cell membranes and is essential to the body.
So if cholesterol is natural and is important, why all the fuss?
The trouble begins when there are excessive concentrations of cholesterol in the blood. Current medical research suggests that high cholesterol levels may lead to atherosclerosis and heart disease.
American heart association cholesterol guidelines
The American Heart Association considers total cholesterol of 200 to 240 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter) to be of concern, and 240 mg/dL or higher to more than double the risk of heart attack or stroke.
The two types of cholesterol that draw the most attention are low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL). If you have cardiovascular disease and your LDL is above 100 mg/dL and your HDL is 50 mg/dL, it’s recommended that you takes steps to improve these levels.
What causes high cholesterol?
While diet is important, the experts suggest that several other factors trigger cholesterol levels in your bloodstream. Theses include:
- lack of physical activity
- Unhealthy lifestyle (smoking and drinking)
Healthy cholesterol diet
The most important dietary advice to lower cholesterol levels (and high triglycerides) is to limit sugar and high-glycemic foods such as white bread, white rice, white potatoes and refined snack foods, such as crackers, chips and cookies. When you eat sugary foods, they spike your sugar and raise your insulin levels. High insulin levels trigger your liver to produce more cholesterol.
It’s also best to avoid fried foods and foods containing trans fats.
Now that you’ve taken all the fun stuff away, what can I eat?
Most nutritionists believe the Mediterranean diet is a particularly healthy way to eat. This diet is naturally rich in vegetables, legumes,and healthy fats like olive oil.
Many people have also had good success with the Paleo diet. Contrary to popular belief, this way of eating is not focused upon chowing down on hugh plates of meat. To the contrary, most dedicated Paleo enthusiasts focus on eating large quantities of vegetables, moderate amounts of meats, nuts, seeds, while eliminating grains and legumes.
There is an emphasis upon high quality meats and eggs. (Think pasture raised chickens and eggs and grass fed and finished beef.)
Besides the concern for humane animal care, there’s a good deal of evidence that suggests a healthier life for the animals that we eat will result in healthier food.
Grass feed beef is higher in conjugated linoleic acid, a powerful fatty acid that can improve weight management and overall health.
Researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences demonstrated that eggs produced by chickens which were allowed to forage, resulted in eggs with more than double the amount of Vitamin E than that produced by their commercially raised counter parts, as well more beneficial Omega 3 fatty acids.
Lower your cholesterol naturally with nutritional supplements.
Even with diet changes, There are many people who will need a little extra help in controlling elevated cholesterol levels. Although there are medications that may help, they come with risks and warning about serious side effects.
Thankfully we offer two professional grade nutrition supplements that can achieve similar results without a long list of frightening side effects. They are listed below:
Biolipotrol by Biogenesis
Biolipotriol by Biogeneisis is an effective, professional grade formula made for the treatment of low HDL cholesterol levels. Biolipotrol contains Niacin (600mg), Red yeast rice extract (500mg), Insoitol (150mg), coenzyme Q10 (25mg), Green tea leaf extract (25mg).
- Niacin is an effective therapy available for the treatment of low HDL cholesterol levels. Specifically, niacin has been shown to lower LDL (from 16% to 23%) and raise HDL (from 20% to 23%).
- Red yeast rice (aka Monascus purpureus) extract can lower overall blood cholesterol levels and improve the ratio of HDL to LDL. One study found that people who took red yeast rice and maintained a low-fat diet reduced their overall cholesterol levels by an average of 40 points in twelve weeks.
Clinical results have also shown that Biolipotrol has effects very similar to those of statin drugs, but without the possible harsh side effects. Unlike statins, Biolipotrol works naturally and considered as a natural alternative to the statin drug Lipitor.
Cardio-Edge by Douglas Labs
Cardio Edge supplies Sytrinol, an original formula that contains flavonoids and other antioxidants derived from citrus and palm fruit extracts. Sytrinol is a proprietary combination of beta-sitosterol, flavonoids, and tocotrienols (part of the vitamin E family of molecules). It can help you maintain a healthy cholesterol level.
Research proved that Sytrinol lowered total and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Specifically, it lowers total cholesterol levels by as much as 30%, LDL cholesterol level by 27%, and triglyceride levels by 34% within 4 to 12 weeks of use. There are no known adverse side effects.
This unique formula addresses all facets of elevated blood lipids including high cholesterol, high LDL, and high triglycerides providing a combination is safe for long-term use.
Cardio-Edge also delivers a significant anti-inflammatory effect. This is important because chronic inflammation is a proven risk factor in heart attacks.
For people who want to lower their cholesterol naturally, diet and exercise are a great place to start. For those who want a little extra help, consider our two top nutritional supplements for cholesterol. Stop by our office today to pick up a bottle, or visit our online store. Not only will you feel better, but you’ll have added peace of mind!