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Cholesterol

Cholesterol


Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol is a gauge used to measure potential heart disease. If your cholesterol is above five your doctor will probably bring it to your attention and may look at medication.
The dictionary definition of cholesterol is: a substance found in the “body cells” which carries fats through the blood stream.

The main influences of Cholesterol.

The first main influence is your genetic makeup. Some people are predisposed to having high cholesterol just because it runs in the family and there is not a lot we can do about this one.
Other factors include, DIET (you are what you eat) being over weight, not getting enough exercise and being a smoker.

The potential risks of high cholesterol.

They are Atherosclerosis. Artherio is the Greek word for Arteries. Sclerosis comes from the Greek word for hardening.
Cardiovascular disease. Covers a whole range of problems like Heart attack, Angina, Stroke & Heart failure all come under the heading of cardiovascular disease.
Circulatory disorders and hypertension are other potential problems.

Dietary Do’s

Top of the list is high fibre (good quality fibre)…..
Like jumbo porridge oats, the more they’re pounded the less the goodness them
Linseeds. Golden lineeds are best – soluble fibre, needs water to work, TIP for constipation
Oat bran – brilliant for lowering cholesterol
Fresh fruit Grapefruit, Apples, pears & oranges all contain high sources of pectin which help lower cholesterol.
Fresh vegetables like garlic, onions, tomatoes, carrots & green veg. Garlic and cayenne pepper cannot be over- emphasised.
All the seeds – linseeds, pumpkin, sunflower & sesame seeds all great sources of essential fats, vitamins & minerals especially B vitamins & fibre.
Oils – There are two food sources of EFA’s. So called because they must be got from the foods we eat. Fresh oily fish, the fresher and oilyer the better. This gives you high levels of Omega 3. A good quality organic olive oil or flax or Udo’s oil to use cold on foods ready to eat.
These seed oils will give a broader base of Omega 3, 6, &9. But the Omega 3 levels are not as high a fish.
Salads – lettuce, seaweeds, sprouts, pine nuts & goats cheese make a tasty and nutritious salad. Our Mediterranean friends eat salads after almost every meal. Adding some balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper makes a plain salad very tasty.

Dietary Don’ts

Foods to avoid/reduce – remember the phrase “a little of what you fancy does you good” N.B.
If your cholesterol is high at the moment these are foods to avoid at the moment and you can re-introduce them at a later date.
Refined carbohydrates e.g. - WHITE breads, WHITE pastas & WHITE rice. These foods have no nutritional value at all, and very little fibre content.
Processed foods – long life foods and fast foods. They are full of trans fatty acids and saturated fats.
Animal protein – Red meat is the biggest dietary source of cholesterol. Now red meat has lots of other benefits high in iron, b-vitamins so you can weigh up the pros & cons yourself
Dairy foods – Especially high fat cheeses
Caffeine – that is tea and coffee. Try herbal tea or coffee replacements or WATER. Water is very important for energy, concentration and of course constipation.
Cholesterol is a key component in every cell of the body and plays many vital functions. Most cells make their own but the liver also makes it from our food. If dietary cholesterol intake is high, the body naturally compensates by producing less but some people’s bodies don’t limit production and their levels of cholesterol become unbalanced.

There are ‘bad’ cholesterol, low-density-lipoproteins (LDL’s) and ‘good’ cholesterol, high density lipoproteins (HDL’s) and it’s the ratio that matters most, not the individual numbers

Exercise

So far we’ve looked at our genetic make up & our dietary do’s & don’ts. There are a couple of other factors to look at.

Regular exercise like yoga, Pilates, meditation which you can do here OR even things like walking swimming & deep breathing are all great forms of exercise which will help reduce stress levels & lower cholesterol. You need increase your heart rate for half an hour x 3 times a week.

Some vitamins that will help reduce cholesterol levels would be:

B-complex – contains all the B vitamins. B3 is esp. good for cholesterol. The B-vits as a group help reduce stress and tiredness and help absorb all the other vitamins from your foods you eat.
Vitamin C – Helps lower cholesterol is a great anti oxidant and also fantastic for fighting colds and flu’s.
Co-enzyme Q10 – Essential for energy production in the body. Great for circulation. Great for the heart. Very important if you’re on statins. ASK YOUR DOCTORS.
EFA’s – Omega 3, 6, 9. Cannot be produced by the body and very common for people to be deficient in. Supplement forms come in fish oil or seed oil, liquid or caps.
Lecithin granules – Breaks down fat, increases brain function & protects against heart disease.
Hawthorn – This is a great heart tonic, lowers blood pressure & cholesterol levels & decreases fat deposit levels in the body.
Guggul plus – An Indian herb complex which helps reduce fats. We’ve had great success with this remedy in the shop.

So to summarise…..

Cholesterol is fatty deposits in the bloodstream.
INCREASE your good fibres fresh fruit & vegetables, oils & salads.
DECREASE your refined carbohydrates, animal meats, dairy & processed foods
Take exercise for half an hour 3 times a week.
This should help reduce your cholesterol levels naturally. You can also buy vitamins for cholesterol too. A selection of vitamins for reducing cholesterol can be found below.

Brand: Vogel
Milk Thistle is a large plant with glossy, green, spiky leaves bearing conspicuous white veins. The flowers are large and purple. Milk Thistle seeds have a long history of medicinal use. It was previously used for its bitter properties, but more recently it has been recognised as an excellent remedy..
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Combination of artichoke, turmeric, dandelion and black radish. Benefits: Artichoke is a natural source of cynarin and flavonoids like luteolin. Artichoke can help maintain a healthy balance of blood lipids. Cynarin from artichoke may help support the gallbladder and the normal function..
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Beetroot is renowned for helping regulating blood pressure and oxigenating the blood. Benefits: Beetroot Extract provides a strong source of freeze-dried Beetroot. Beetroot has been part of the diet for over 2000 years and contains lots of vitamins and minerals. BeetrootExtract can be used as a ..
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Celery seed provides a strong source of the popular celery seed extract. This formula contains 500mg per daily intake. Celery seed contains two volatile oils and a substance called apiol. Benefits: Celery seed is naturally rich in alkaline elements. Provides a natural source of bio-available vit..
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Is a unique formulation including choline bitartrate, inositol, sodium sulphate, artichoke extract, taurine, apple extract and L-methionine. This product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Benefits: Choline is involved in the metabolism of cholesterol Choline and Inositol are required for ..
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Mega EPA 1000 is a very strong potency fish oil providing omega-3 fatty acids in a natural triglyceride form, naturally concentrated using NEO-3™ - a unique lipase enzyme process which results in a fish oil of excellent quality and very high potency. Benefits: Mega EPA is ideal for daily use but..
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This natural Blueberry & Chia mix gives you added antioxidants along with the goodness of chia. Chia bia brings together two super foods where nutraceuticals meets nature in this Blueberry & Chia mix. Benefits: The Low Bush Blueberry or Wild Blueberry from Newfoundland is free of..
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Milled Seed is the Whole Seed ground up, nothing added, just pure Chia with a different texture. Benefits: Chia Bia uses Salvia hispanica L, a uniquely beneficial seed which is high in: Omega 3 Fibre Protein Antioxidants Ingredient for Milled & Whole Chia Se..
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We love the fact that Chia seeds are packed full of nutrients. The real benefit of eating Chia seeds is that they break down when ingested very quickly and a higher absorbtion of minerals happens - much more than other seeds. Benefits: Chia Bia uses Salvia hispanica L. (CHIA) Omega 3 ..
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CleanMarine Krill Oil is 100% pure and contains Omega 3 essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids are called essential because we need them for life but cannot make them in our bodies. The Omega 3's in Krill oil is in a phospholipid form - a form that is easily received and absorbed by the b..
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Brand: Comvita
Why Comvita Olive Leaf Complex? High-strength, high in anti oxidants and helps prevent colds and flu.  Comvita Olive Leaf Complex is a general, daily health tonic. It contains a very concentrated form of the same compounds that offer the benefits traditionally associated with the Mediterra..
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Brand: Comvita
Comvita Olive Leaf Extract Capsules contain Olive Leaf Extract made from fresh olive leaves, grown and packed on Comvita own olive estate. Olive Leaf Extract like Extra Virgin Olive Oil has long been associated with a mediterranean lifestyle. This extract is made only with fresh olive leaves, pi..
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