Natural remedies for high cholesterol are a safe and effective treatment option for elevated cholesterol. In fact such common sense, natural remedies for high cholesterol such as diet and exercise can lower cholesterol levels by as much as 35 percent in just a matter of weeks, and when supplementation is added to the mix your results could be even better. But to understand why reducing cholesterol levels is important, and fully grasp how natural remedies for high cholesterol work you should know exactly who the players are in the cholesterol game.
One thing many people don’t realize is that enough cholesterol is produced by the liver for essential body functions. So if you never ingested another French fry cooked in high fat palm oil you would be just fine. But what we refer to as cholesterol is actually a waxy fat like substance that doesn’t mix with or dissolve in blood. To get around the body it must catch a ride with one of two different types of carriers – low density (LDL) cholesterol and high density (HDL), or good cholesterol. LDL is kind of a clumsy fellow that drops bits of cholesterol on his way to the intended destination leaving deposits of cholesterol stranded on the artery walls. This buildup is known as plaque. HDL on the other hand never leaves cholesterol stranded and in fact my clean up LDLs messes from time to time.
There are three obvious ways in which natural remedies for cholesterol and/or other solutions work; they either lower overall cholesterol, raise HDL levels, or lower LDL levels.
The most often prescribed medications for cholesterol are statins. The concern with statins is that they work too well, lowering cholesterol too low and interfering with the body’s production of an antioxidant called coenzyme Q10 (COQ10), which is essential for normal function of the muscles, including the heart muscle. This is not a new finding! When the drugs were approved for use it was suggested that Q10 should be added to the statin compound or doctors should prescribe the supplement as a preventative measure against rhabdomyolysis (muscle death).
With serious complication like rhabdomyolysis it is no wonder that natural remedies for cholesterol have gained such popularity. Let’s explore a few ways to knock those cholesterol levels down to a healthy size.
Watch the weight: Being as little as 15% over your suggested healthy weight increases overall cholesterol, reduces LDL levels, and reduces HDL levels. So what end up with is more of those clumsy LDL fellows, carrying around more cholesterol, and depositing it as plaque on the wall of your arteries.
Exercise: According to the American Heart Association 45 minutes of moderate intensity exercise 3 or more days a week will both lower LDL levels and raise HDL levels. Walking, swimming, dancing, or cycling are all excellent options.
Fish or Omega 3 Supplements: Salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel, and the Australian hoki contain high levels of the beneficial fatty acid omega 3 which has been shown to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of blood clot formation. If you don’t care for fish, or if your live in an area where price is a concern, there are some excellent omega 3 supplements worth considering.
Plant Based Natural Remedies for Cholesterol: Plants are our friends when it comes overcoming problematic high cholesterol levels. Most plant based natural remedies for cholesterol both lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL (good cholesterol). Examples are lecithin oil, pumpkin seed oil, D-limonene, phytosterols, and policosanol.
In summary, the above listed natural remedies for cholesterol could be the key that unlocks the door for both improving and sustain healthy cholesterol levels while decreasing your risk for heart attack and stroke.
By: Rob D. Hawkins
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