Ailment High Cholesterol

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Some natural ways to reduce cholesterol levels include niacin supplements, soluble fibers (found in pears, peaches, oranges, asparagus, potatoes, oatmeal, whole wheat bread and kidney beans), soy protein, garlic, ginger, red yeast rice, and flaxseeds.

Though research on natural methods of cure are limited compared to the conventional methods, there are several studies to prove that some herbs and plants can be effective in reducing cholesterol levels. Whether they have anti-inflammatory properties or help reduce LDL levels in the body, the right herbal remedies can show success in patients.

Omega-3 fatty acid (fish oil) capsules, ginger extract, garlic extract, niacin supplements, psyllium, and soy protein are effective supplements.

Causes of high cholesterol are usually a poor diet and lifestyle. When cholesterol attaches itself to proteins in order to be carried through the blood, the resulting combination is called a lipoprotein. There are two types, LDL or bad cholesterol and HDL or good cholesterol. The genetics of a patient may make them overproduce cholesterol in the liver or keep cells from effectively removing LDL from the blood. However, as mentioned earlier, one of the main reasons for high cholesterol is poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle.

Though cholesterol is a necessary element of body function for the creation of healthy new cells, high cholesterol causes fatty deposits in the blood vessels, reducing blood flow through the arteries and resulting in heart disease.

Causes of high cholesterol are usually a poor diet and lifestyle. When cholesterol attaches itself to proteins in order to be carried through the blood, the resulting combination is called a lipoprotein. There are two variants of lipoproteins:
HDL (High-Density Lipoproteins) or “good cholesterol” which picks up the excess cholesterol and transports it back to the liver.
LDL (low-Density Lipoproteins) or “bad cholesterol” which transports cholesterol particles to the entire body, causing build-up in the arteries.

The genetics of a patient may make them overproduce cholesterol in the liver or keep cells from effectively removing LDL from the blood. However, as mentioned earlier, one of the main reasons for high cholesterol is poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle.

Some common risk factors that can increase chances of high cholesterol levels include:
• Poor diet: Consuming high cholesterol foods that contain saturated and trans fats like red meat, some baked goods, and full-fat dairy products can increase cholesterol levels.
• Lack of exercise: Exercising decreases LDL and increases HDL.
• Obesity: Having a BMI of 30 or higher increases the risk of developing high cholesterol.
• Age: The older a patient is, the less efficient liver functions become.
• Smoking: It causes damage to the blood vessels.
• Diabetes: High blood sugar damages the lining of the arteries and increased levels of VLDL (Very Low-Density Lipoproteins), a dangerous form of cholesterol.

If untreated, high cholesterol can result in atherosclerosis, after which fatal complications can occur such as heart attack, chest pain, and stroke. Hence, it is important to maintain normal cholesterol levels as far as possible. Total cholesterol being below 200mg/dL is considered normal. 200-239mg/dL is deemed as borderline, while levels above 240mg/dL are considered to be high.

High cholesterol treatment can be initiated by medical professionals prescribing the following cholesterol medications:
Statins
Bile-acid-binding resins
Injectable medication
Cholesterol absorption inhibitors

Besides medication, it is important to adopt the following lifestyle changes, which go along way in reducing cholesterol:
Maintain a healthy BMI by exercising regularly (at least 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week)
Cut out excess meat, fat, and full-fat dairy products from the diet
Try including more plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains
Healthy fats present in avocado, olive oil, canola oil, nuts and oily fish are a better option to consider
Quit smoking

HerbsDaily offers a wide range of supplements which can help patients maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

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