Cholesterol Management

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a created in the  liver it is very necessary for us, its only found in meat and dairy.  Cholesterol serves three main purposes:

  1. It aids in the production of sex hormones.

  2. It’s a building block for human tissues.

  3. It assists in bile production in the liver.

cholesterol.jpg

LDL vs. HDL

LDL

LDL is low-density lipoprotein, often called “bad” cholesterol. LDL 

 is known as the “bad” cholesterol because too much of it can lead to hardening of the arteries.

According to the American Heart Association, LDL leads to plaque accumulation on the walls of your arteries. When this plaque builds up, it can cause two separate, and equally bad, issues. It can narrow the blood vessels, straining the flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. Second, it can lead to blood clots, which can break loose and block the flow of blood, causing a heart attack or stroke.

When it comes to your cholesterol numbers, your LDL is the one you want to keep low. 

HDL

HDL is high-density lipoprotein, or “good” cholesterol. HDL helps keep your cardiovascular system healthy. It actually aids in the removal of LDL from the arteries. It carries the bad cholesterol back to the liver, where it’s broken down and eliminated from the body. High levels of HDL have also been shown to protect against stroke and heart attack, while low HDL has been shown to increase those risks.

cholesterol-graphic-2.png

There are several things that influence your cholesterol numbers — some of which you have control over. While heredity may play a role, so too do diet, weight, and exercise.

Eating foods that are low in cholesterol and saturated fats, getting regular exercise, and managing your weight are all associated with lower cholesterol levels and lower risks of cardiovascular disease

Diet for High Cholesterol

Do eat - 

Fruits - Strawberries, Grapefruit, melons, Apples

Sea food - Fish fresh water .  

Garlic helps reduce high blood pressure and lower cholesterol.

Edamame - these beans are a super food.

Green Tea - high in anti oxidants .

Legumes and Beans - high in fiber and other nutrients.

Dark Chocolate - very high in anti oxidants

Kale - green super food

Avoid - 

Egg Yolks 

Shrimp

Nuts and dry fruits - especially cashews

Treatment

Conventional

Conventionally, having high cholesterol is treated through diets, exercise, medications. Medications like statins block a substance your liver needs to make cholesterol. Their side effects include digestive system problems, dizziness, headaches, sleep problems, and low platelet count.

Homeopathic

Homeopathy can help eliminate toxins from the body associated with high cholesterol. The remedies can significantly lower cholesterol without side effects, with a provided diet and workout plan.