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...
An important study suggests that aggressively treating cholesterol levels and blood pressure improves the cardiovascular health of diabetics . As usual, the study, which appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is not conclusive. But it's full of implications for people living with Type 2 diabetes. What implications, you ask? Three Things You Need to Know 1. Essentially, the study compared two groups of adults with Type 2, with one group having aggressive treatment: getting LDL [bad] cholesterol below 70, and getting blood pressure [systolic, top number] below 115. The other group used more common, less aggressive targets (cholesterol 100, blood pressure 130). The people treated aggressively not only had less gunk build up in their arteries over three years, in some cases the build-up was reversed. That's a rare and important observation. 2. So why is it not conclusive? All subjects were American Indians, who appear to have genetic trai...
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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