Here we go again–another ugly word. Let me explain a little about this ugly word. Cholesterol is measured by how many milligrams of cholesterol are in one deciliter of blood (1/10th of a liter of blood). As a rule our cholesterol level should be below 200mg/dl. Most physicians I spoke with like it around 150mg/dl. Any number higher than 250mg/dl is considered to be high risk for heart disease or stroke. Why? Because cholesterol flows around in your blood, and it can easily make its way to blood vessels, stick to the walls of arteries forming plaque-like deposits and eventually leading to arteriosclerosis, or worse, heart failure. If you are concerned about your blood cholesterol level, then we suggest going to your nearest pharmacy and buying a test kit or consulting with your physician.
So, how much do we need to eat of this ugly stuff? Actually none! Our liver manufactures cholesterol, about 1,000 mg a day. Most physicians recommend that your daily intake should not exceed 200mg to 300mg.
Now that we have talked about cholesterol can it keep you from losing weight if your levels are too high? YES it will! In order for your body to burn fat efficiently each blood cell must carry an adequate amount of oxygen throughout the body to each and every organ. High levels of cholesterol hinders that process.
High cholesterol is a threat to a healthy heart. This is as serious of a health concern as you can possibly have.
Worst of all it happens to millions of Americans each and every year. You go to your doctor for a regular checkup which includes a blood test. You think nothing of it, until your doctor calls you and gives you the results of the blood test, which include a diagnosis of "high cholesterol." Now you have to take action fast to reduce cholesterol before any damage occurs to your body.
Cholesterol FACT: About 42 Million American Adults Have Cholesterol Levels of 240 or Above Which Is Considered High Risk.
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is made by the liver and is also supplied in the diet through animal products such as meats, poultry, fish and dairy products. However, the body makes enough cholesterol, so eating dietary cholesterol isn't necessary. Cholesterol is needed by the body to insulate nerves, make cell membranes and produce certain hormones.
As you can see, cholesterol is essential for certain functions in your body. However, at high levels, cholesterol can become a risk factor for many serious health problems. These risks shouldn't be taken lightly as high levels of LDL cholesterol greatly increase the risk of stroke, atherosclerosis, and coronary heart disease. Bad cholesterol can be inherited or as a result of your body chemistry.
The key to reduce cholesterol is to act fast before any damage occurs to your body. Your health is nothing to play around with and a personalized professional diet that will significantly reduce cholesterol levels will definitely help you.
When diagnosed with high cholesterol doctors often prescribe drugs known as statins, or prescription strength cholesterol lowering drugs. Statins, although sometimes necessary, can also produce some unwanted and very serious side effects including but not limited to the following:
Decreased Sexual Interest Or Ability
Muscle Weakness And Pain
Heartburn Or Indigestion
Rhabdomyolysis (muscle-destroying condition)
Gas And Belching
Nausea Or Vomiting
FACT: Statin drugs deplete the body of Coenzyme Q10 - an essential nutrient our bodies make that is required for energy.
What if you could reduce cholesterol safely, without the use of prescription drugs and without unwanted side effects?
How to Effectively Reduce Cholesterol:
You can reduce your cholesterol by;
Eating cholesterol friendly foods and low cholesterol foods and low cholesterol diet / recipe.
Eating foods with fibers including oats
Increase physical activity.
Eating Psyllium Husk
Cutting the amount of fat you eat, particularly avoiding the saturated fat and trans fat, can lower your cholesterol level.
Since your liver makes the majority of cholesterol in your body it's important to make sure your liver is functioning properly. Milk thistle is a very good supplement to take for this.
Fish Oil - EPA and DHA (omega-3 fats) found in fish oil will help reduce overall cholesterol levels. If you are prone to bruising make sure you take vitamin C when taking omega 3 supplements to strengthen the capillaries.
Red Yeast Rice can reduce cholesterol by up to 32%. Take with CoQ10 supplement to prevent a deficiency.
CoQ10 is also needed if you take Red Yeast Rice or any prescribed statin because they tend to decrease levels of this important enzyme.
Niacin (vitamin B3) reduces LDL cholesterol by 25% and increases good cholesterol by 35%. Niacin can cause facial flushing and some people will take aspirin to minimize the effects.
Garlic increases HDL cholesterol and lowers total cholesterol. There are many very good garlic supplements on the market today. I personally use one made by Kyolic.
Avoid following foods
Food sources of cholesterol such as egg yolk, liver, kidney, brains, etc.
Foods that contain trans fats i.e. hydrogenated oil or vegetable shortening. Choose a liquid or semi-soft variety of margarine. Remember, the softer the spread, the less trans fat it contains.
Fatty spreads such as butter and cream
High fat dairy products such as regular milk, cheese & cream.
Reduce or eliminate alcohol intake.
Keep in mind that cholesterol HDL/LDL ratio is more important than individual levels of HDL cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.