How to Control Cholesterol With Natural Foods and Supplements
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Knowing how to control cholesterol with natural foods and supplements is of vital importance if you do not want to go down the route of using statin medications to help control your cholesterol level. If you do start using statins, then chances are not only will you be on them for the rest of your life, but you will also be putting your self at risk of having cognitive failure and also heart failure. These are just two of the side effects linked with statins there are a whole lot more, and the reason for this is because not only do they block the cholesterol producing enzyme in your liver but they also block an associated enzyme known as coq10, and this enzyme is essential for your body to function properly.
So now that we know how important it is to be able to control cholesterol with natural foods and supplements, how do we go about it? Well firstly, let us have a look at the foods that we should have and should not have in our diets.
The first kind of foods that we want to include in our diets are foods that contain soluble fiber. The reason for the soluble fiber is because it actually binds with the cholesterol and this in turn means that the cholesterol is excreted from the body rather than being absorbed. A particularly good source of soluble fiber is oats, so having something like porridge for breakfast is a great way to start the day and also get your cholesterol under control.
The next kind of foods which are important are plant based foods such as vegetables. The reason that these are so important is because they contain something within them known as phytosterol's. Phytosterol's are almost identical in structure to cholesterol molecules, and as a result of this it means that they both end out competing for the same space for absorption into the gastrointestinal tract. When you have high levels of phytosterols then obviously there is going to be more of them absorbed into the body and less cholesterol.
Foods that we want to have less of are foods such as cookies, chocolates and ready made meals. The reason being is because they often contain a man made fat known as trans fat which manufacturers put into their products to extend the shelf lives. Unfortunately these trans fats not only extend the shelf life they also raise your bad cholesterol and decrease your good cholesterol. There are other health concerns linked to these kinds of fats which are quite worrying, so much so that they are now banned in two European countries and some US states are banning them as well. To see if food that you are buying contains these trans fats have a look on the label and if it says hydrogenated vegetable oil or vegetable fats than these are trans fats.
Supplements that you should includes to help control cholesterol include fish oil supplements. The reason for fish oil supplements is that they help to lower your triglyceride levels, and when your triglyceride levels are low then this means your good cholesterol levels are going to rise, and when your good cholesterol levels rise then due to that your bad cholesterol levels decrease. Fish oil has been found to be hugely beneficial in not only helping control cholesterol but also helping to protect from heart disease in general.
A form of supplementation that is quickly growing in popularity is the use of blended supplements. These kinds supplements usually contain around about five or six different ingredients that help control cholesterol in several ways. For instance, they reduce the LDL, increase HDL, inhibit the amount of cholesterol produced by the liver, reduce the amount of cholesterol that is absorbed into the body and increase the amount of it that is excreted from the body. As you can see from this list blended supplements are very powerful.
By Joe Dungait