Good and Bad Cholesterol - How it affects Heart Disease
Cholesterol (Colesterol) helps new building of body cells. Its sources in your diet are Eggs (Yellow of Egg), Poultry, Beef, infact all meats. Please note that vegetables contain very little or no cholesterol. An egg yolk's level of cholesterol is equivalent to about 9 litres of vegetable oil's cholesterol content.
However, our bodies do need a low level of cholesterol. Some of it is made within the body itself in the liver and intestines. Cholesterol is necessary for cell building.
There are 2 types of cholesterol known as High Density Cholesterol (HDL) and Low Density Cholesterol (LDL). Besides food prividing about 24 % of cholesterol the body (liver and cells) produces the remaining 76%. There are 2 types of Cholesterol Bad (LDL) and Good (HDL).
High cholesterol level of LDL cholesterol narrows your arteries by depositing on the walls; this is known as cardiovascular disease (heart disease). A highly narrowed blood vessel causes heart attack and death results because the heart stops beating.
High Cholesterol and heart attacks are closely related. One percent reduction in Cholesterol level reduces
heart attack chances by 2 percent. About 40% Indians have high levels of Colesterol.
Desirable levels in a human body are:-
- Total Ideal Cholesterol Level - 200
- Triglycerides Maximum - 150
- LDL Cholesterol Level Maximum - 100
- HDL Minumum Level - 60
Observe the following to lower cholesterol levels:-
- Stop smoking.
- Do regularly physical exercises
- Reduce eating red meats
- Replace red meats with fish and chicken in your diet.
- Eat maximum vegetables
- Avoid Fried foods. Avoid 'Fast Foods'.
- Reduce weight
- Eat increased Olive oil, Mustard oil, Almonds, Walnuts to increase HDL the good and reduce LDL the bad cholesterol
Try a Fiber Supplement - it has been shown that a diet high in fiber may help prevent heart disease,
diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol. Fiber also makes a great colon cleanse and can be used to help detoxify the body of accumulated wastes.
Long-term administration of statins, the anti-cholesterol drugs, could lead to anxiety and major depression in
patients and also develop suicidal tendencies, scientists at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB)
in Hyderabad have established.
To avoid such serious side-effects you can opt for the ancient Indian Ayurveda plant for HDL control
It not only controls your cholesterol level but also clears the blocked arteries over a period of time.
Cinnamon for Control: A tablespoon of cinnamon added to your coffee beans (ground or whole) is very good. Infact consuming this much improves LDL/HDL.
It has been found thst 5-6 grams cinnamon a day (about 1/2 tablespoon) reduces LDL cholesterol nearly 30 percent and lowers total cholesterol by upto 26 percent.
Some excellent LDL level lowering foods are:-Use Coffee beans ground with Cinnamin.
Consume Avocados, Peanut butter, Hazelnuts, Almonds and Pecans. Walnuts are also good for damaged veins.
Fatty fish like Salmon lowers LDL.
Eat Oats and Oats bran, beans, lentils, peas, barley, apples, Pomegranate, pears, oranges, raw carrots.
Eat dark green, leafy of vegetables like Spinach and garlic.
Sesame seeds too lower LDL.
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