High cholesterol level especially elevated low density lipoproteins (LDL) is considered o be a contributor to plaque building up in the arteries and impeded blood flow to the brain, kidneys, genitals, extremities, and heart. It is among the primary causes of heart disease because cholesterol clogs the arteries.
Cholesterol is an essential part of every cell structure and is needed for proper brain and nerve function. It is also used to manufacture sex hormones. LDL is known as the bad cholesterol.
HDL, High Density Lipoproteins are considered to be good cholesterol. They carry unneeded cholesterol away from the cells and back to the liver, where it is broken down for removal from the body. If everything is functioning as it should, this system remains in balance.
Cholesterol levels are greatly influenced by diet, but they are also affected by your genetic makeup. Eating or consuming foods high in cholesterol and/or saturated fat increases cholesterol levels, while a vegetarian diet, regular exercise, nutrients and vitamin C may lower cholesterol. Recent testing has proven that dried orange and tangerine peels are suggested to lower bad cholesterol.
A high blood cholesterol level, is considered to be a contributor to plaque building up in the arteries and block blood flow to the brain, kidneys, genitals, extremities, and heart. It is one of the primary causes of heart disease, because cholesterol produces deposits in the arteries. High cholesterol levels may also be implicated
in gallstones, impotence, mental impairment, and high blood pressure.
Cholesterol is an essential part of every cell structure and is needed for proper brain and nerve function. It is also the basis for the manufacture of sex hormones. Cholesterol is manufactured in the liver and transported to other parts of the body It is a fatty substance and because blood is mainly water then it has to latch onto lipoproteins to be transported through the blood stream.There is good and bad cholesterol. If everything is functioning properly then every thing work in balance. However if there is too much cholesterol for the HDLs to pick up promptly, or if there are not enough HDLs to do the job cholesterol can form plaque that sticks to artery walls and cause heart disease. Nutrients:
Apple Pectin: lowers cholesterol levels by binding fats and heavy metals
Chromium Picolinate: Lowers total cholesterol levels and improves HDL to LDL ratio.
COQ10: Improves Circulation.
Oat Bran: Helps reduce cholesterol.
Garlic: Helps reduce cholesterol
Vitamin E: Improves Circulation.
Cayenne: Improves circulation and stops bleeding ulcers. Acts as a catalysts for other herbs. Good for heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen and stomach.
Hawthorn Berries: Dilates the coronary blood vessels, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels and restores heart muscle. Decreases fat deposit levels. Increases intracellular vitamin C levels. Useful for anemia, cardiovascular and circulatory disorders, high cholesterol, and lowered immunity.
Dried Orange Peels: Has been know to reduce serum cholesterol as effective as some medications.
Rosemary: Fights free radicals, inflammation, bacteria and fungi. relaxes the stomach stimulates circulation and digestion. Improves circulation to the brain. Also helps detoxify the liver, and has anticancer andanittumor properties. Good for high and low blood pressure circulatory problems.
Green Tea: Acts as an antioxidant and helps to protect against cancer. Lowers cholesterol levels, reduces the clotting tendency of the blood, stimulates the immune system.
Dandelion: Acts as a diuretic. Cleanses the blood and liver, and increases bile production. Reduces serum cholesterol and uric acid levels.
Thyme: Lowers cholesterol levels.
Peppermint: For settling the stomach and for flavoring
Recommendations: Include the following foods in your diet: apples, bananas, carrots, cold water fish, dried beans, garlic, grapefruit, and olive oil. Cook with olive oil as much as you can. Pure virgin oil appears to help reduce serum cholesterol. Make sure to eat as much fiber in the form of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Water soluble dietary fiber is good in reducing cholesterol. It is found in barley, beans, brown rice, fruits and oats. Oat bran and rice bran are the best foods for lowering cholesterol. Drink fresh juices, especially carrot, celery, and beet juices. Carrot juice helps flush out the bile from the body and helps remove cholesterol. You can use non fat mil, low fat cottage cheese. and skinless chicken, turkey or fish.
Don't"s Do not eat any nuts except unsalted walnuts and almonds. Almonds are rich in amino acid and were found in one study to cut cholesterol levels by sixteen points over a four week period. Reduce the amount of saturated fats and cholesterol in your diet. Do not use animal fats to cook with. Do not use margarine, lard, and butter. Avoid pork and pork products and fried or fatty foods. Do not consume alcohol, cakes, candy, carbonated drinks, coffee, large amounts of coffee can elevate cholesterol, gravies, nondairy creamers, pies, processed or refined foods, refined carbohydrates, tea, tobacco, or white bread.
Get regular moderate exercise. Always consult your health care provider or physician before starting an exercise program. Try to learn yourself to not be stressed about anything.
Certain drugs can elevate cholesterol. These include steroids, high dose oral contraceptive, nursemaid (Lasix) and other diuretics, and levodopa sold under the brand names as Dopar, Larodopa, and Sinemet.
Directions: Use 1 tea bag per cup of hot water. Let steep for 4-5 minutes. You can use the tea bag 1-3 times according to how strong you like your tea. If you are using bulk tea then use 2 teaspoons of bulk tea per teacup of water. Let sit for 4-5 minutes and then strain. Garnish with Stevia or sweetener that you desire. Enjoy.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Federal Drug Administrtrion. This information is not to be construed as medical advice. Consult your health care provider or physician before using herbs or alternative medicines.
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