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As with any comprehensive treatment program to treat bad
cholesterol , modifying what you eat remains one of the cornerstones. Several herbs have been thought to improve
cholesterol levels, and more specifically, the makers of several herbal
supplements have claimed benefit with their product. Garlic is one of the most commonly consumed
herbal supplements. Among its many purported
health benefits, which include lowering blood pressure, preventing blood clots,
killing bacteria and fungus, and repelling both ticks and bloodsucking
creatures of the night, garlic has long been thought to improve cholesterol.
Garlic (Allium sativum), otherwise known as the “stinking
rose,” contains a chemical called alliin. When garlic is crushed, a chemical reaction occurs and alliin becomes
allicin. Allicin has been well
documented to inhibit the formation of cholesterol in several laboratory
studies. Furthermore, over a hundred
animal studies have been performed that showed...
Highlights Total Cholesterol Goals A blood test is used to measure cholesterol levels. A persons total cholesterol level is determined from measurements of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), and triglycerides. Standard total cholesterol goals for adults are: Less than 200 mg/dL is desirable Between 200 - 239 mg/dL is considered borderline Over 240 mg/dL is considered high Lifestyle Changes The first step to improving cholesterol levels is through lifestyle changes (especially diet and exercise). Even when drug therapy is required, lifestyle changes are also necessary. These include: Eat a heart-healthy diet with plenty of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. Avoid saturated fats (found mostly in animal products) and trans-fatty acids (found in fast foods and commercially baked products). Instead, choose unsaturated fats (particularly omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils and olive and canola oils). Exercise regularly. Studies have shown that regular aerobic exercise c...
Cholesterol is a fatty substance produced by your liver. It's also found in foods high in saturated fat, such as meat, eggs, some shellfish, and whole-milk dairy products.
Your cells need some cholesterol to functional normally. But too much cholesterol in your blood can be harmful. High blood cholesterol levels can cause fatty deposits to build up on the walls of your arteries. This condition is known as atherosclerosis (sometimes called hardening of the arteries). Over time, the fatty deposits can decrease the amount of blood flowing in the arteries and eventually block blood flow entirely. This narrowing of the arteries can lead to heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. People who are overweight, eat a lot of foods high in saturated fat, or who have a family history of high cholesterol have an increased risk of high cholesterol levels. There are few symptoms of high cholesterol levels and a blood test is almost always needed to confirm it.
There are two kinds of cholesterol:
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