You are likely used to hearing only bad things about cholesterol from the plethora of TV ad’s and hearsay. Fact is, cholesterol is not so bad after all.
It is found in every single cell in our bodies and has many important uses. Cholesterol maintains cell membranes, contributes to the manufacture of Vitamin D and helps us to synthesize hormones.
Surprisingly the body makes it’s own cholesterol and we really do not need to take it in from our daily diet. So, eating foods that are high in cholesterol leads to excess amounts of it in our bodies and can actually be dangerous to our health.
Two types of cholesterol are manufactured inside our bodies – LDL (known as the bad type of cholesterol) and HDL (or good cholesterol).
When the levels of LDL are elevated fat, or plaque, starts forming on the walls of the arteries and can inhibit the amount of blood that is flowing through. This puts you in a risk group for heart attack, coronary heart disease and strokes.
On the other hand, HDL does quite the opposite of LDL. It actually clears away the cholesterol from the interior of the arteries before it builds up too much. So the goal in hand is to keep the levels of LDL high and HDL as low as possible by eating the right foods.
It is really scary to be diagnosed with high cholesterol and the diagnosis should always mean that positive lifestyle changes are coming immediately. Controlling cholesterol levels is easy to do and many people successfully prolong their lives through a change in lifestyle.
Finding out your cholesterol levels involves a simple blood test at the doctors office. This sample will be sent to a lab for a lipid profile. This test will tell you your total cholesterol levels, HDL levels, LDL levels and triglyceride levels.
If you find out that you have high cholesterol then it is time to take positive action. Your doctor is likely to prescribe a drug that will help to lower it and this can be complimented with herbal medicine. You should also be sure to exercise and eat a heart healthy diet.
Rooibos, Red Yeast Rice and Gugulipid all are known to lower the amounts of LDL in your body. Not only this, but they actually increase the levels of HDL. Make sure that you tell your doctor if you plan to supplement with herbs and do not deviate from the treatment plan that he/she has laid out for you. If you are unsure about which herbs to use, or amounts, then talk with a naturopath to find out more. There is likely to be one who operates in your town or city.
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