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...
A reader recently asked if high cholesterol can directly affect your sex life. The answer to this question is yes, but the effect may not be immediate. Studies have shown that some of the traditional risk factors for heart disease , such as high cholesterol, are also significant risk factors for male erectile dysfunction . An intact arterial blood supply is required for normal male erection, and it is thought that high cholesterol can impair normal artery blood flow. There are two ways that this might happen. Just like one can develop a blockage in the heart arteries, blockages from atherosclerosis can develop in the arteries responsible for erection. This could then diminish blood flow.
High cholesterol also can adversely affect arteries without developing blockages. Arteries not only need to be open, but they also must be able to respond to local hormones that regulate blood flow. One important artery relaxing hormone is nitric ox...
Everyone understands the importance of maintaining healthy cholesterol levels to protect their heart, but many are not aware of how high cholesterol levels threaten the health of their entire vascular system. Vascular diseases cause strokes, death from ruptured aortic aneurysm, pain when walking, or leg amputation in the worst cases. High levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol are one of the major risk factors for vascular disease that can result in paralysis, blindness, or speech abnormality due to stroke and even death by a ruptured aortic aneurysm. The vascular system is made up of all the body’s arteries and veins. Healthy vessels are smooth and unobstructed, allowing oxygen-rich blood to flow freely and deliver glucose and nutrients to the vital organs, brain, legs, and arms. Typically with age, the vessels build up plaque, a sticky substance made up mostly of fat and cholesterol. The plaque narrows the passageway within the vessels and causes them...
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