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Sep 01

Natural Cholesterol Reducers

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Natural Cholesterol Reducers

Keeping an eye on your Cholesterol levels is very important for your health. High levels can lead to a stroke or a heart attack. High levels can be caused by bad eating habits and little exercise, but can also be hereditary.You can try Natural Cholesterol Reducers to keep your levels down.

7 Natural Cholesterol Reducers

1.Apples
75 gr of Apples a day can lower “Bad” LDL levels.
2. Peas
Peas lower the total cholesterol level ad also increase the “Good”HDL levels.
Read about study at http://bit.ly/peainfo
3. Linseed or Flaxseed
3 tsp full daily can lower the Cholesterol levels in men by 10% in just 3 months. One of the main components of flax is lignan, which has plant        estrogen, this is why it does not have much effect for women who already have estrogen in their body. http://bit.ly/lignans
4. Green Tea
Green Tea inhibits the absorption of fats from food
5. Nuts
67 gr of nuts a day is all it takes to lower your total cholesterol level by 5% and the LDL level by 10%. Best nuts to eat are Walnuts, followed by       Hazelnuts and Peanuts.
6. Ginger
A significant ingredient of ginger is gingerol. It causes an increased bile acid formation, so that the cholesterol level can be lowered. Thus,             ginger promotes fat digestion and can lower LDL cholesterol in the blood. The pleasant sharpness that differs depending on the time of                 harvest,is good for your digestion. It promotes the formation of digestive juices. Because ginger can be used in small quantities in cooking,           just  a little of the tuber (ginger root) is also very effective.
7. Garlic
Garlic has a lot of benefits for your health. It is also beneficial in lowering cholesterol levels.
Read more at http://www.zentrum-der-gesundheit.de/knoblauch.html  ,click on translate this page to get the English version (on Google  Chrome)

Total Cholesterol

Your total blood cholesterol measures the LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and other lipid components. Your doctor will use your total cholesterol number when determining your risk for heart disease and how best to manage it.
There is HDL, the “Good Cholesterol” and LDL, the “Bad Cholesterol.
The higher the HDL levels, the lower the risk. HDL protect by taking the “bad” cholesterol out of your blood and keeping it from building up in your arteries. Excercise can increase your HDL levels.
LDL cholesterol can build up on the walls of your arteries and cause blockage, increasing your chance of heart disease or a stroke. That’s why it is considered the “Bad” cholestorol. The lower the LDL number, the lower the risk.

Total Cholesterol

U.S. and some other countries                                                           Canada and most of Europe

Below 200 mg/dL                                                                                   Below 5.2 mmol/L Desirable
200-239 mg/dL                                                                                       5.2-6.2 mmol/L Borderline               High
240 mg/dL and above                                                                           Above 6.2 mmol/L                              High

LDL Cholesterol

U.S. and some other countries                                                          Canada and most of Europe)

Below 70 mg/dL                                                                                     Below 1.8 mmol/L Ideal for  people at very high r risk of heart disease
Below 100 mg/dL                                                                                   Below 2.6 mmol/L Ideal for people at risk of heart d disease
100-129 mg/dL                                                                                       2.6-3.3 mmol/L                                  Near ideal
130-159 mg/dL                                                                                       3.4-4.1 mmol/L                                  Borderline high
160-189 mg/dL                                                                                       4.1-4.9 mmol/L                                  High
190 mg/dL and above                                                                           Above 4.9 mmol/L                             Very high

HDL Cholesterol

U.S. and some other countries                                                            Canada and most of Europe

Below 40 mg/dL (men)                                                                           Below 1 mmol/L (men)
Below 50 mg/dL (women)                                                                      Below 1.3 mmol/L (women)          Poor

40-49 mg/dL (men)                                                                                 1-1.3 mmol/L (men)
50-59 mg/dL (women)                                                                            1.3-1.5 mmol/L (women)               Better

60 mg/dL and above                                                                                1.6 mmol/L and above                    Best

Triglycerides

U.S. and some other countries                                                              Canada and most of Europe

Below 150 mg/dL                                                                                      Below 1.7 mmol/L                         Desirable
150-199 mg/dL                                                                                          1.7-2.2 mmol/L                              Borderline high
200-499 mg/dL                                                                                          2.3-5.6 mmol/L                              High
500 mg/dL and above Above                                                                  5.6 mmol/L and above                 Very high

Canadian and European guidelines differ slightly from U.S. guidelines

Triglycerides
Triglycerides are the form in which most fat exists in food and the body. A high triglyceride level has been linked to higher risk of coronary artery disease. Here’s the breakdown.
Cholesterol Ratio
Calculating your cholesterol ratio can provide useful information about your heart disease risk. Your total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol levels are more useful in guiding treatment than is your cholesterol ratio.You can calculate your cholesterol ratio by dividing your high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or “good”) cholesterol into your total cholesterol. For example, if your total cholesterol is 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) (5.2 millimoles per liter, or mmol/L) and your HDL cholesterol is 50 mg/dL (1.3 mmol/L), your cholesterol ratio is 4-to-1. According to the American Heart Association, the goal is to keep your cholesterol ratio 5-to-1 or lower. An optimum ratio is 3.5-to-1. A higher ratio indicates a higher risk of heart disease; a lower ratio indicates a lower risk.

Risk Factors

Weight
If you are overweight , you need to get your cholsterol levels checked on a regular basis because you are at high risk of developing high cholesterol. Lowering your weight can increse your levels.
Stomach fat
Even slim people can have too much weight around their middle, this can reduce your “Good” HDL levels.
Trans Fats
Trans fats are unsaturated fats which are uncommon in nature but can be created artificially. There is plenty of it in Fast Foods and it is dangerous to your health. Avoid and use saturated fats such as lard, palm oil or completely hydrogenated fats.
Smoking
There are about 600 ingredients in cigarettes. When burned, they create more than 7,000 chemicals. At least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are poisonous. They also elevate LDL levels. When you quit, your levels will get lower also.

 

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