Cholesterol is a waxy substance necessary for cell metabolism which also gives strength and resistance to the exterior cell membrane. Cholesterol also has a negative aspect. When too much of it is found floating in the blood stream, it can deposit itself on the walls of the arteries and begin a process of obstruction that leads to arteriosclerosis.
Symptoms: Some are as follows:
- Facial paralysis, and/or blindness in only one eye.
- Paralysis in one side of body, arm, leg, etc.
- Difficulty in speaking .
- Difficulty in remembering.
- Mental confusion .
- Possible headache.
Cholesterol and triglycerides are transported in blood stream by particles called “Carrier Lipoproteins” which can be low density (LDL) or high density (HDL).
If your physician has told you that you have high cholesterol or if you desire to prevent an excess of cholesterol from building up, you should do the following;
- Remember that there is a beneficial cholesterol and another that is harmful. We should have about one part of beneficial cholesterol for every two parts of harmful cholesterol.
- Harmful cholesterol is that which is deposited in the arteries, thus blocking the passage of blood.
- Beneficial cholesterol helps clean the arteries, taking along with it the harmful cholesterol to the liver to be destroyed.
- Avoid eating products that contain a large quantity of harmful cholesterol, such as : egg yolk (high in cholesterol ), butter , some shellfish , entrails, chicken skin, meals , and some dairy products. Cholesterol is found in animal fat.
- Avoid cooking with Saturated Fats, which also are very damaging to the body. Many products, including vegetables, contain them. It’s better to cook with unsaturated oils like: corn oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, and peanut oil. Avocado contains beneficial mono-unsaturated fats.
- Meals. Don’t eat meals high in saturated fats and cholesterol more than once a week. Learn to distinguish which foods contain beneficial fats and which contain harmful fats.
- Omega-3 Increase consumption of fish oil and fish especially those from cold waters such as : tuna, cod , and salmon, These fish oils are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids called Omega-3. Omega-3 is rich in two substances. EPA and DHA important elements for lowering the harmful cholesterol level as well as that of triglycerides, thus decreasing the danger of artery blockage.
- Omega-9 and Omega-6 Consume olive oil which contains Omega-9 unsaturated fatty acids or consume Borage or Evening Primrose oil which are high in GLA and Omega-6 The consumption of these oils significantly reduce harmful cholesterol.
- Fiber It has been proven that the consumption of a diet high in fiber, principally of oats and whole rice, helps lower cholesterol.
How does the mechanism that makes this possible function?
It is known that fiber stimulates the digestive function, which causes a greater secretion of bile
acids. Bile acids are formed in the liver due to the cholesterol present there. The more bile acid secreted, the more cholesterol used by the liver to produce more bile acids. Therefore more cholesterol is extracted from the blood to be transformed into bile which previously is taken from the body along with food wastes. This then lowers the cholesterol in the blood and in the same way, the cholesterol deposited in the arteries.
10.Stress. How does stress affect cholesterol? A person with type “A” personality is more easily stressed that another with type “B” Personality. (Type A is irritable, worried , anxious, ect. While type B is not) Stress provokes a series of reactions in the body through the sympathetic nervous system which keeps a person in a state of alert. One of the reaction is the constriction of the arteries and veins (spasm) which are weakened by the sympathetic nervous system, some being the coronary veins and arteries. That is , those that supply blood to the heart muscle. As a result of too much cholesterol deposited in these vessels, blood flow is easily blocked during contractions. This causes a heart attack.
11.Niacin (Vitamin B3) . It has been found that Niacin taken in dosages of 500 mg. 3 to 6 times a day significantly reduces the cholesterol level and triglycerides from 15 to 30%. At the same time, it increases beneficial cholesterol .
12.Exercise: Exercise not only burns fat but also reduces a person’s weight. It makes the circulatory and muscular systems function better by means of greater oxygenation, which causes a greater a better combustion of sugar within the cells. Indirectly it lowers blood cholesterol. This is well proven by a great number of studies such as those done at the Universities of California and Oklahoma.