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What Is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is an essential type of fat that is carried in the blood. All cells in the body use cholesterol in the formation of internal and external membranes. It is also needed to produce some hormones and for other functions.
Where Does It Come From?
The body generally makes all the cholesterol it needs. Dietary cholesterol is therefore largely unnecessary. Some dietary cholesterol is normally excreted via the liver, however eating too much saturated fat leads to excess cholesterol in the blood stream.
Garlic Is Good!
The kindest thing you can do for your circulatory system is eat garlic. Garlic is nothing short of a herbal superstar. Valued since the reign of the Egyptian pharaohs, garlic has remained a staple of folk medicine around the world. And for good reason - garlic has garnered more scientific validation than any other herb. Over 2400 scientific studies have shown it to be of benefit to many areas of the body, particularly the cardiovascular system. It lowers total cholesterol, raises HDL ("good") cholesterol, and reduces the potency of LDL ("bad" cholesterol). A solid body of scientific research also indicates that garlic lowers blood pressure, without the toxic side effects of hypertensive drugs.
Many garlic supplements are standardised for allicin content in the belief that this is the compound responsible for most of the herb's benefits. However, as this has not been established, it is better to eat garlic raw or lightly cooked. Chop it fine and mix it with food, mash it into a salad dressing, saute lightly in olive oil for use with pasta or cut into chunks and swallow like pills. Chew parsley after taking garlic to minimise any odour.
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Soluble fibre appears to reduce LDL cholesterol by reducing cholesterol absorption in the intestines. Soluble fiber binds with cholesterol so that it is excreted.
Soluble fiber can be found as a dietary supplement, such as psyllium powder, or in foods such as:
* Oats (particularly oat bran)
* Barley, rye
* Legumes (peas, beans)
* Some fruits eg. apples, prunes, berries
* Some vegetables such as carrots, brussels sprouts, broccoli
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Vitamin B3, also called niacin, is used to lower cholesterol. Specifically, it appears to lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol.
Well-designed studies have found that niacin significantly lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and raises "good" HDL cholesterol, thereby substantially improving the all-important LDL:HDL ratio. Niacin also appears to significantly lower levels for another risk factor for atherosclerosis, lipoprotein A.
Niacin is available in prescription form and as a dietary supplement. However, high doses of niacin may cause certain side effects. These include skin flushing, nausea, indigestion and diarrhoea. Niacin can also increase the effect of high blood pressure medication.
Because of the potential side effects, niacin should not be used to lower cholesterol unless under the supervision of a qualified health practitioner.
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Cholesterol is carried in the blood stream in particles called lipoproteins, which are named according to their size.
* the very large particles are called Very Low Density Lipoproteins (VLDL)
* the intermediate size ones are called Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) and these particles are believed to cause heart disease
* the smallest particles are called High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) and these particles actually protect against heart disease.
Why Worry about Raised Cholesterol Levels?
High blood levels of cholesterol are a risk factor for coronary artery disease (heart attacks and angina). If your cholesterol level is 6.5 mmol/L or greater your risk of heart disease is about 4 times greater than that of a person with a cholesterol level of 4 mmol/L.
Heart disease usually takes 60-70 years to develop, but if you discover your cholesterol level is high you should see your doctor soon, preferably within the next 2-3 months.
What To Do
The most effective way to lower your cholesterol is to reduce the amount of animal fat (ie. saturated fat) in your diet. You can do this by:
* reducing cheese intake and/or substitute low fat varieties
* choosing reduced fat milks
* substituting polyunsaturated margarine for butter
* choosing lean cuts of meat and remove all visible fat
* eating skinless chicken, fish or beans
* making cakes at home with polyunsaturated fat,
* cooking chips with polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oil
* losing weight if overweight.
* beware of pies, pasties, fish and chips and commercial cakes which can contain a large quantity of saturated fat.
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