Natural Supplements, the new cholesterol cure all?

Edward Burke Community Member December 08, 2007
  • After taking prescription drugs and never getting any positive results or anything I considered beneficial, I started taking "natural" supplements to try to find something that was really beneficial. For years I've tried probably every new supplement that has come out and there seemed to be a new one every month or so. They were all much more effective and beneficial than any drug company drug I have ever tried. I could actually feel the difference from when I started taking them, unlike the drug companies stuff.


    Like most people, I had some problems with my health, like high blood pressure and uncontrollable cholesterol levels. High blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels could come from stress and lack of antioxidants. Antioxidants help remove plaque build up in your arteries, regulate your cholesterol and help in the prevention of cancer, heart attacks and strokes. Then I saw pomegranate juice has a super-antioxidant much more powerful than the antioxidants found in red wine.

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    After taking pomegranate juice every day for one month, my doctor told me my blood pressure had lowered and my cholesterol was at a healthy level. Both have been out of control for years. After doing a lot of research I found out that there are two types of cholesterol. HDL, which is the good cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, which is the bad cholesterol. When too much LDL cholesterol circulates in the blood, it can slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain. LDL cholesterol together with other substances can form plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can narrow the arteries and make them less flexible. If a clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery, heart attack or stroke can result.


    Triglyceride is a form of fat made in the body. People with high triglycerides often have a high total cholesterol level, including a high LDL cholesterol (bad) level and a low HDL (good) level. Many people with heart disease and/or diabetes also have high triglyceride and LDL levels. Because LDL cholesterol appears to be harmless until oxidized by free radicals, it is presumed that ingesting antioxidants and minimizing free radical exposure may reduce LDL cholesterol, thus lowering the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Antioxidants help control free radicals and LDL cholesterol from forming clots in the arteries.



    Oatmeal and bran contain soluble fiber, which also reduce your low-density lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol). Soluble fiber is also found in such foods as kidney beans, Brussels sprouts, apples, pears, barley and prunes. Walnuts and almonds can significantly reduce LDL cholesterol. Rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, walnuts also help keep blood vessels healthy and elastic. Almonds appear to have a similar effect, resulting in a marked improvement within just four weeks. Fish can also reduce LDL cholesterol. Studies in the 1970s showed that Eskimos had a lower rate of heart disease than did other individuals living in Greenland.


    Their low LDL cholesterol was due to Eskimos eating less saturated fat and more omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, whale and seal meat. Research since that time has supported the heart-healthy benefits of eating fish can lower LDL cholesterol. Other good sources of omega-3 fatty acids include flaxseed, walnuts, canola oil and soybean oil. Omega-3 fatty acids are noted for their triglyceride-lowering effect, which also results in lowering LDL cholesterol. HDL Cholesterol is the "good" cholesterol, which helps clean your arteries by carrying away excess cholesterol. Healthy levels of cholesterol are needed to produce cell membrane and certain hormones. It also plays an important part in other bodily functions.


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    LDL Cholesterol can be very harmful to your body and cause a number of illnesses like heart disease and stroke. HDL cholesterols main purpose is to keep the bad cholesterol in your body under control. Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found in fats circulating in your blood stream in all of your body's cells. You can get cholesterol two ways. Your body naturally makes some and you can also get it from meat, poultry, fish, eggs, butter, cheese, and whole and 2% milk. Cholesterol is not found in foods from plants but moringa contains protein and calcium, which is found in milk and yogurt. When HDL cholesterol levels decrease, the bad cholesterol can get out of control and cause illness, diseases and even death. You must maintain a healthy balance of bad (LDL) and good (HDL cholesterol).


    Many people have problems controlling their cholesterol due to their busy lifestyle. So it's hard to eat and drink enough of the food products we need to get the proper cholesterol, so many people turn to supplement. There are many other ways to increase the HDL cholesterol in your body. Any exercise that increases you heart rate (20 to 30 beats per minute), losing weight (if your overweight), stop smoking cigarettes, cut out the trans fatty acids (such as partially hydrogenated vegetable oils), alcohol (only one or two drinks a day), increase the monounsaturated fats in your diet (such as canola oil, avocado oil, or olive oil) and adding soluble fiber to your diet are all ways of increasing HDL cholesterol in your body.


    But after trying a new natural supplement, which contains pomegranate juice and moringa I am totally off any medication for both my high blood pressure and my cholesterol. The natural antioxidants found in both moringa and pomegranate juice has changed my life for the better. There's no better feeling than that of being able to control your high blood pressure and cholesterol, without being hooked on pharmaceutical drugs. Do yourself a favor and do some research on moringa and pomegranate juice and see the truth about how you can control your high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.


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