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By Tracy Shields - Like it or not, high cholesterol leads to heart disease. In fact, high cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and the higher your cholesterol, the greater the chance of developing atherosclerosis, fatty deposits formed from cholesterol that collect in the arteries and restrict blood flow. According to the American Heart Association, “As blood cholesterol rises, so does risk of coronary heart disease.” 1
However, you have the power to prevent high cholesterol. It’s not too late. Many people think that once arteries are blocked, they’ll stay that way. Not true! It is possible to reverse blocked arteries, and to do it naturally. Here are some powerful remedies to start you on your path to lower cholesterol:
- Remove high-cholesterol-causing foods: First and foremost, we suggest staying away from foods high in saturated fat (meats and some oils) and trans-fat (like store-bought processed cookies, cakes and crackers), which actually raise your LDL cholesterol.
- Niacin (vitamin B3): Niacin processes fat in the body, helps to maintain healthy blood-sugar levels and helps to lower cholesterol. A deficiency of this miracle molecule can lead to all sorts of nasty things: “diarrhea, dermatitis, dementia, inflammation of the mouth, amnesia, delirium and, if left untreated, death.”2 It occurs naturally in fish, certain meats, peanuts, brown rice and other foods, and has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol levels and raise good HDL cholesterol.
- Phytosterol esters: Plant sterols is a fancy name for the combination of vitamins, minerals and fiber that comes from eating plant-based foods. Adding approximately ½ gram per day of plant sterol esters to the diet of those with high cholesterol can reduce total cholesterol by 10% within 12 weeks. Plant sterols promote cholesterol health by inhibiting its absorption.3 All veggies contain anywhere from five to 40 milligrams of plant sterols. But if you’re on a fast-food diet, or again, don’t like to eat anything green, you need to supplement.
- Fiber: Fiber is critical for everyone. Whether you’re concerned about high cholesterol or not, you need fiber! Trouble is, with all the processed foods on the market, much natural fiber has been stripped from foods. Aside from doing a great job keeping you regular, fiber—and psyllium seed husk in particular—has been reported to lower LDL cholesterol.4 Psyllium is a soluble fiber that the FDA has recognized for its amazing ability to lower LDL cholesterol.
- Red yeast rice: Red yeast rice is “a substance that's extracted from rice that's been fermented with a type of yeast called Monascus purpureus. It's been used in China and other Asian countries for centuries as a traditional medicine.”5 Research discovered that not only did red yeast rice serve general medicinal purposes, it also naturally lowered cholesterol. Red yeast rice only comes in supplement form though, and buying a brand that works can be tricky. Be sure to do your research. Try a few brands. A really potent red yeast rice has the power to lower cholesterol within about 30 days.
1 Risk Factors and Coronary Heart Disease, AHA Scientific Position. Printed online Jan 11, ,2006 .
3 Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2003;12(3):282-91
4 Original Source: Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Dec 1998 17(6):601:8
To help supplement the diet, try a superfood complex. Also start eating healthy. Nothing is nutritionally as complete or balanced as whole foods. They provide a synergy of nutrition: amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The healthiest, most nutritiously balanced diet comes from whole foods.
Try eating a diet of whole foods like fruits, vegetables and fresh meats. The general store used to be a farmer’s market full of fresh produce but today’s grocery stores are full of aisles displaying processed, prepackaged convenience foods that are only really helpful during food emergencies.
If you eat large portions that are full of extra fat and empty calories such as fast, fried and prepackaged foods because you are hungry and nothing else is available, you may receive some energy but not the healthiest for the body. Foods made with trans-fats and lots of vegetable oils are not healthy; they don’t always contain balanced and complete nutrition.
Vitamins and Minerals
When you don’t have the funds for the best quality whole foods and opt for cheap, fast meals on the go, health is often sacrificed. To ensure that you obtain vitamins and minerals, supplement the diet daily with a complete multivitamin supplement, best to consume with food such as your evening meal.
Also, supplement the diet with healthy fats such as essential omega-3 fatty acids, the building blocks of the brain and an important part of cell membranes. Some diets may not provide the proper balance of fats. A good quality fish-oil supplement rich in omega-3s will counterbalance the over-consumption of omega-6s, trans-fats and saturated fats, and restore health and wellness. Res-Q 1250+ is highly recommended; it provides vitamin D plus omega-3, a good type of fat that supports a healthy heart.
Limit consumption of processed foods that are not healthy. For example, canned foods may contain Bisphenol A found inside the metal of the tin can. This toxin can leach into the food. Eating a can of soup daily may increase the risk of liver, diabetes and heart disease. Microwave popcorn contains harmful chemicals that vaporize when the popcorn is cooked.
Raw milk will always, to some extent, carry some degree of heath risk (especially if the cow is sick) due to its natural bacterial content; however, some of the bacteria is actually beneficial. Since today’s milk is processed to remove bacteria, though, the pasteurization process can remove the beneficial bacteria lactobacilli. To help restore this beneficial probiotic, a dietary supplement may be helpful.
Additionally, many people drink milk for the calcium; supplements may better help increase calcium levels, especially with milk prices rising or for those who do not consume enough dairy to obtain adequate vitamin D and calcium intake.
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