Cholesterol is a crystalline fatty alcohol found mainly in animal fats, blood and nerve tissue and bile.
What is Cholesterol?
There are two types of Cholesterol: dietary and blood. Every day the liver makes about 1g of blood cholesterol, a waxy material that is found in all body cells, This amount is essential, but more can be harmful. it is mainly made up by your liver, with a medium amount coming from what you eat. It is needed for your body cells to function. But if your liver produces to much cholesterol, or you have an unhealthy diet, fatty substances can build up in your arteries. And this could lead to heart disease. Eating large amounts of dietary cholesterol does not necessarily lead to high levels of blood cholesterol, a major cause of heart disease. In fact, hereditary plays a far greater part in determining cholesterol levels.
Raised cholesterol is a major risk factor that affects your heart as it can cause the build up of fatty deposits in your arteries and cause them to narrow. This "clogging up" process can lead to coronary heart disease. However; if you suffer from heart disease, you should cut back on saturated fats, such as bacon, meat pies, butter and cakes, to lower your blood cholesterol.
Instead, eat more foods that contain soluble fibre, such as oats and dried citrus fruits. Garlic can help, either in cooking or taken as a supplement, because it seems to slow down the liver's production of cholesterol.
Although egg yolks, offal and prawns are high in dietary cholesterol, recent studies suggest that eating them does not raise blood cholesterol levels.
What to look for
There are no obvious symptoms for high cholesterol in the blood but it can be a risk for other circulatory conditions and they do have recognizable symptoms. Impotence. Diabetes and overweight. everyone needs cholesterol it is a inconsistency, if you have too much this can prove to be fatal.
Cholesterol is a naturally developing fat which performs functions that are vital to the body such as covering nerves, producing hormones and cell building. Your liver makes all the cholesterol your body usually needs, all animal products has this substance by eating dairy foods and meat you get a new stock of it. For people genetically influenced to cholesterol problems, a diet high in saturated fats is the prime cause of high cholesterol levels.
There are two primary types of cholesterol - high density lipoprotein respectively (HDL). And low-density lipoprotein (LDL)
Low-density lipoprotein is a larger and less dense particle that prefers to remain in the body. If there is a high amount of LDL cholesterol it can overload the circulatory system and it can leave deposits in your blood vessels that finally block them and lead to heart disease.
Know your Cholesterol number
According to the Heart and Stoke Foundation SA, high cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease and the higher your cholesterol level, the higher your risk of heart disease.
The recommended total cholesterol for most people is below 5.0 mmol/L
Genetic does play a part in having or not having cholesterol. If you have a tendency to cholesterol and eat a heavy saturated fat diet, you are more than likely to have cholesterol and the related diseases. Having your cholesterol level checked is now a part of a normal physical checkup.
Try to avoid saturated fats and dietary cholesterol. Animal fat should also be avoided. Eat more vegetables, fruits, and grains, which are cholesterol free, nearly fat free, and rich in fiber. Garlic and onion are believed to lower cholesterol.
You must watch your weight. Exercise regularly. Eat wisely. And don’t smoke. You should get your cholesterol checked frequently and monitor your progress
Make Healthy Food Your Ally
Try not to eat too many eggs per week. because one egg yolk consists almost an entire daily recommended allowance of cholesterol. Vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that have reputed cholesterol reducing properties include vitamins E, C, and A (beta carotene), zinc. Add rice, bran, artichokes, shiitake mushrooms, and chili peppers to your salads and foods as these all may help lower cholesterol.
When to seek further professional advice
If You develop any of the symptoms above.
There are a range of natural ways to control your cholesterol levels.
Chinese Medicine : you should see a Chinese herbalist for the right remedy
Herbal Therapies : Gugulipid is a remedy to fight high cholesterol
these may help to lower your cholesterol include alfalfa, Asian ginseng, fenugreek, and turmeric.
Lifestyle : by exercise several times a week it can help with this problem.
All doctors will tell you the same thing, you have to have a low fat and cholesterol diet, exercise regularly, lose weight and if you smoke, QUIT !!!!!
There is medicine that can reduce cholesterol but they can have serious side effect and are also very expensive.
Courtesy of: Total Health
Consultant Editor: Dr David Peters
MB ChB DRCOG MFHom MRO
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