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Your Diet Won't Lower Cholesterol As Much As You Think!

Your diet doesn't impact your cholesterol levels as much as you think it does.
It doesn't increase it as much as you've been led to believe and it certainly doesn't help to lower cholesterol like the so- called diet experts tell you. It's not that extra egg you have for breakfast that raises your cholesterol appreciably. This is because around 80% of your blood cholesterol is manufactured by your liver.

A range of drugs known as "statins" are widely used in the U.S. and other Western countries.

To lower cholesterol levels, you must both slow down the manufacture of cholesterol, and reduce the oxidation of LDL while raising your HDL. Apart from normal, sensible lifestyle improvements such as better nutrition and more exercise, there are a couple of proven strategies to return lower cholesterol to its optimal level.

Option 1: Prescription Drugs
In fact, they are currently the most prescribed medicine in the world. These drugs work by blocking an enzyme that the liver needs for the manufacture of cholesterol. They have been proven effective in reducing levels of LDL, but unfortunately they will not raise levels of HDL (the good cholesterol).

The downside is that there are a large number of negative side effects such as liver damage, fatigue, upset stomach, abdominal pains and cramps, gas and constipation, and, in the case of a statin drug called Baycol, a large numbers of deaths. An investigation into the side effect of statin drugs is being conducted by the National Institutes of Health. Discuss the pros and cons of this medication very carefully with your physician in the event that a statin drug is prescribed to you.


There Is Another Treatment Very Beneficial With Only Positive Effects...
Option 2: Natural Treatments
Even though the general public hears very little about them, there are effective natural alternatives to lowering one's cholesterol, and such therapies exhibit no side effects.

The fascinating aspect of some of these natural options is that some of the natural ingredients being used have been proven to consistently lower cholesterol and significantly outperform the statin drugs in dozens of double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trials and studies. And with no negative side effects! (The only side effect reported was weight loss.)

What You Really Need To Lower Cholesterol:
Two key ingredients to look for in any natural cholesterol product used to effectively lower cholesterol are policosanol and guggulipid extract. Policosanol is an extract from sugar cane wax and has been the subject of multiple clinical trials, all of which have outperformed the statins.

Guggulipid, on the other hand, is an ancient herb from India extracted from the guggul tree.
Studies have shown an interesting added benefit from guggulipid: it has been more effective than prescription tetracycline when used orally for treating nodulocystic acne.

It also assists in the lowering of triglycerides and weight loss.
What You Need To Know In Order To Lower Cholesterol:
With all of these benefits, it would seem that finding any natural formula containing these two ingredients is a sure bet. But take caution; there are many products currently on the market claiming to use policosanol to lower cholesterol, but are in fact using octacosanol, which is an incomplete form of policosanol.

Octacosanol does not exhibit the same results as true policosanol in clinical trials. Any product formulated to lower cholesterol must be manufactured at a pharmaceutical GMP compliant facility and its ingredients verified with a certificate of analysis to confirm the potency. This is very important because studies completed by private and government institutions have shown that consumers only have a 1 in 5 chance of actually buying a product, to lower cholesterol, with the actual amount of ingredients stated on the label, or one that isn't contaminated.

Only one company, providing solutions to lower cholesterol, has the strictest regulatory environments in the world for the manufacture of dietary supplements, far exceeding U.S. FDA standards.

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Phil Beckett is the President & C.E.O of Physique Concepts Inc. and is the author of 3 very popular and successful health & fitness books and designs customized strength training, flexibility training, weight loss and cardiovascular exercise programs. He has trained and educated more than 3000 clients all ages, interests, and limitations, in health, fitness and nutrition, both on-line and off-line for more than 15 years.

 

 

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Lower Cholesterol Levels Are Critical To Good Health

 

Can any man really lower his cholesterol?
Lower cholesterol levels should be a health concern of every man.
Heart disease is the number one killer among so-called healthy men in Western world today. More than 40% of men will die from it.
What is particularly disturbing is that strokes and heart attacks are becoming much more common in younger men. It seems that younger men, even those who look physically like they are in good health, are dying because they can't lower cholesterol levels. Even if a man seems healthy and follows good eating and exercising habits there's no guarantee that he'll have lower cholesterol levels.

There're so many misconceptions when it comes to trying to lower cholesterol. That's why we are here to present you with the accurate, concise and unbiased information on what it really takes to lower cholesterol. Witness the unfortunate death of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile, who was felled in his prime, only 33 years old. Although it seems counterintuitive, athletes, in fact, can be even more vulnerable than the average person and have a tougher time when it comes to trying to lower cholesterol.

When a man, in good health or not, engages in vigorous exercise he'll create an excess of free radicals. These free radicals cause tremendous amounts of damage to the body with devastating effects, one of which is elevating their cholesterol. But taking a powerful antioxidant will help neutralize these free radicals before damage occurs. Nowadays, due to lifestyles, diet, and the deeper understanding in the role that genetics plays, every man young or old should be acutely aware of the importance of trying to lower cholesterol to an optimum level. High cholesterol is considered the best "marker" for potential heart disease and it is a condition that 1 in 4 men have. In order to prevent future problems, it is widely recommended that you check your cholesterol levels, and if they are "out of line," take action to lower cholesterol - irrespective of your age.

Indeed, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute advocates that the young, middle-aged, and older men lower cholesterol levels, whether it be to prevent heart disease, or because they already have it. Therefore it's important to know your family history and, accordingly, take the necessary preventative steps to lower cholesterol and ensure the health of your heart for many years to come.

"silent killer" known as cholesterol?
It is important to understand that cholesterol itself is essential to good health. Cholesterol is a non-soluble waxy substance that your body needs for making hormones, cell walls and nerve sheaths. However, there are two forms of cholesterol. One form is called LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) -- or the "bad" cholesterol -- and the other is HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) -- or the "good" cholesterol.

LDL transports the cholesterol to your cells, whereas HDL travels around in your bloodstream picking up excess cholesterol and taking it back to your liver for reprocessing, functioning as a "garbage collector" of sorts. Too much LDL creates the risk of clogging up your arteries, which can lead to heart failure or stroke; too little HDL will result in the same problem due to inadequate "housekeeping."

Therefore, the most important figure to examine is not your total cholesterol per se, but the ratio between the LDL and HDL readings, and the levels of each type. You want the LDL as low as possible and the HDL as high as possible. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommends that everyone over 20 have their cholesterol checked every five years. For optimal health, total cholesterol should be less than 200, whereas the LDL cholesterol remains at less than 100, and the HDL greater than 60.

For more information on how to lower your cholesterol please visit:
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Phil Beckett is the President & C.E.O of Physique Concepts Inc. and is the author of 3 very popular and successful health & fitness books and designs customized strength training, flexibility training, weight loss and cardiovascular exercise programs. He has trained and educated more than 3000 clients all ages, interests, and limitations, in health, fitness and nutrition, both on-line and off-line for more than 15 years.

 

The Skinny on Cholesterol

There is always a fair amount of controversy surrounding cholesterol. It's in the news, in our diets, and in our bodies. Let's start with some background.

Cholesterol is a molecule that is in the "sterol" family. This family of chemicals are the building blocks for many important body compounds, including the sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen), stress hormones (cortisol and cortisone), bile acids that are used in digestion, vitamin D, and other vital component of your cells' membranes. Your liver makes as much cholesterol as your body requires, and estimates how much to make based on your dietary intake of saturated fats (among other cues). As you can see, cholesterol is truly a vital need for normal body function and physiology.

 

A common misconception is that people with high cholesterol are overweight or subsist on a diet of greasy burgers and fries. The truth is that the amount of cholesterol you have in your bloodstream is NOT directly related to your diet. Another prevailing and incorrect view concerning lower cholesterol, is that only older people need worry about their cholesterol levels. The reality is that having a predisposition to high cholesterol and heart disease are genetically influenced factors.


However, problems arise when the liver makes too much cholesterol. Cholesterol is also one of the components of athersclerosis. These are the plaques and deposits that develop in the arteries throughout the body and can form in the arteries that feed the heart, brain, and limbs. If the plaques become too large or thick, they lead to chest pain ("angina") and heart attacks, stroke, and poor circulation. In the United States, about 8 out of 10 people die from diseases related to athersclerosis! There other factors that influence your risk for athersclerosis, so don't think cholesterol is the only culprit. Smoking is a huge risk, but that is for another time.

So Doc, now we know it's bad, what can we do about it?

How do we lower our blood cholesterol level?

One way to influence your cholesterol level is by limiting the amount of saturated fat you eat. Saturated fats, put simply, are those that are solid at room temperature. Examples include butter or margarine, lard, and many animal fats. Contrast these with unsaturated fats which are liquid at room temperature (olive oil, canola oil, and most plant fats). First and foremost, no matter what "diet" you eat, you should strive to keep the saturated fats to a minimum. Too many saturated fats will cause your blood cholesterol to rise, putting you at greater risk for athersclerosis.

But what about the cholesterol in my food?

Interestingly enough, you probably don't absorb a lot of the cholesterol you eat. Your body is very efficient at absorbing the fat in your diet. It does this by using the bile acids made by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Remember, these bile acids are made of cholesterol. The fats you eat combine with the bile acids in the small intestine and are absorbed into the body. Any excess bile acids that are still in the small intestine after the fats are absorbed are recycled and absorbed as well. Since the bile acids are made of cholesterol (and are chemically very similar to cholesterol), the cholesterol that you have eaten in your diet has to compete with the bile acids in order for it to be absorbed as well. As it turns out, very little, if any, of the cholesterol you eat actually makes it into your system. However, notice that of the fats (saturated or unsaturated) are very efficiently absorbed into your system to be used as fuel or stored for a latter time.

So what's the "skinny"?

It is the saturated fats in your diet that are most important to minimized, not the dietary cholesterol. Often cholesterol and saturated fats are found together in foods, but not always. For instance, lobster is very high in cholesterol and protein, but not high in saturated fats. Eating lobster is really quite healthy and "heart smart", at least until you dip it in the butter!

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Dr. Manger is board certified in Internal Medicine, and holds a graduate degree in biomedical science and physiology. He practices in a University setting. His focus is on health prevention and wellness.

Cholesterol And Your Body's Health

Just what is this matter we call cholesterol, anyway?

Webster's College Dictionary, 1995 edition, states: "a sterol, abundant in animal fats, brain and nerve tissue, meat and eggs, that functions in the body as a membrane constituent and as a precursor of steroid hormones and bile acids: high levels in the blood are associated with arteriosclerosis and gallstones."

That's a mouthful. But without cholesterol the body cannot make the sex hormones, adrenal hormones, and vitamin D. Excess cholesterol is converted in the liver to bile acids, which are normally eliminated in the feces.

Some experts feel high levels of cholesterol have very little to do with dietary intake of it. There is a correlation between blood cholesterol levels and the incidence of coronary artery disease. One must, however, distinguish between the total blood cholesterol level and the cholesterol portion in the blood carried by HDL (high-density lipoprotein). Before you begin a strict program to reduce cholesterol blood levels, check the total cholesterol to HDL-cholesterol ratio first. This risk ratio can be determined by a simple blood test by any medical doctor

There does exist hope, however, when one has reason for concern over their blood work. But remember--the body is a fantastic mechanism and always moves itself toward health. To help it along, it needs proper information.

 

There are a number of items you should omit from your diet completely like potato chips and processed foods. The ingredients in these items will raise your cholesterol level tremendously. Dairy products should be avoided as well and foods that include them. Organ meats cause high cholesterol. Omit them from your diet.

This "information" that I speak of has to do with more than adequate nutrition. In addition to eating more raw fruits and vegetables, and drinking pure water, try to locate a sound nutritional supplier. Years ago, Dr. Linus Pauling's work demonstrated the value of Vitamin C in helping the body dislodge and eliminate harmful arterial plaque. If you were to go to your favorite health store or drug store for Vitamin C, you probably would not receive the same benefits as Dr. Pauling did. Why is that? (Pauling, Linus & Cameron, Ewan. "Cancer and Vitamin C." Camino Books. Philadelphia, PA, 1993.)

Because nutrients must be in an appropriate electrical matrix or else they are not functional to the human body. For instance, Vitamin C is sold worldwide but as a synthetic supplement, usually in a chewable tablet. Unfortunately, isolated Vitamin C is not in a proper electrical matrix making it as useless to the human body as sawdust. Instead, Vitamin C must be combined in a matrix form with trace minerals, bioflavonoids and electrolytes. Only when introduced in this particular matrix or pattern can the human body actually use the nutritional information present in the Vitamin C.

Vitamin C has been known--for 40 or 50 years--to reduce cholesterol levels. That is not news. The reason most of us have high cholesterol--which means high plaque levels in the blood, veins and arteries--is that the liver produces low density cholesterol (LDL), then it sends it out to patch up arteries so we don't die of internal bleeding. That low density cholesterol builds up over the years and becomes plaque. Eventually, it clogs the arteries and we go into a condition of stroke.

When you start consuming vitamin C in the right electrical pattern, you are supporting the body's ability to build collagen. As the collagen restructures arteries and veins, plaque is released from the walls of the arteries. Cholesterol levels go up at first. Then they go down. The plaque build-up on your arteries goes down. Your liver stops producing LDL, because you now have collagen to build tissue.

Augmenting your nutritional program with high-quality, plant-based enzymes help the body grab stray protein profiles (plaque), digest them in the bloodstream and deliver them to the liver, which eliminates them from your body. All the tools are here for a clean and well-fed body . . . which means this condition may disappear, as it has in many cases. Please do not be overwhelmed with all the technical jargon. Simply upgrade your lifestyle and eating habits. Couple that with supplements that mimic natural creation and you've got a winning combination. And who knows, maybe you'll be the next to live your own success story!

 

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Lower Your Cholesterol for a Healthier Life

Heart disease and Stroke rank highest as the nation's top health issues. Too much cholesterol in the blood often ignites heart disease and stroke. Diet changes and regular exercise can help prevent these problems from occurring if you take the time to plan for healthy living.

 

Altering eating habits to lose weight is unlike altering a diet based on a significant need. Dieting to lose weight will certainly improve health but if existing health problems already exist, such as high cholesterol, a diet to lower cholesterol is essential.

Changes in your food intake specifically targeted toward lowering your cholesterol are needed. It doesn't mean you must give up the things you love to eat.

 

A variety of fresh fruits and vegetables with 5 or more servings per day are needed. Grain products like bread, cereal, rice, and pasta are also important. Choose 6 or more servings per day of grain products. Six ounces of your choice of Lean meat or poultry without the skin should be included. Choose fat-free and low fat milk. You should limit beans or peas and nuts or seeds. Baked or broiled fish should be limited to 2-3 servings per week. Use vegetable oils like olive oil or corn oil when preparing any foods. Use spices to enhance flavor of food instead of salt.

 

You should also develop knowledge of proper food preparation. Proper preparation of food reserves the nutrients and ingredients for optimal health and destroys harmful bacteria.

 

In order to lower your cholesterol, a change in diet is essential. Your physician may put you on medication if diet changes are not significant enough to lower your cholesterol.

 

Keep in mind; to save your life, changes need to occur. This isn't a diet for weight loss. It is a change in food choices, which will enable you to live a healthier, higher quality of life while lowering your cholesterol. You will significantly reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack by making these simple changes.

 

High cholesterol is a serious health problem. If you take action now, you could possibly avoid serious health risks in the future.

 

Thanks for reading. If you found this article helpful you can read more of my health tips, information, and more articles on my website: http://www.thishealthylife.com

 

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