High cholesterol is a problem in the United States with more and more people being diagnosed everyday. Doctors have made it a goal to lower cholesterol even below 175 in patients. The problem is that cholesterol does a lot of good for the body, but too high levels can be dangerous for the heart and the blood vessels.
There are two kinds of cholesterol that you should be concerned with. The first is HDL cholesterol, or high density lipoprotein. To keep things simple, this is the "good" cholesterol and prevents heart disease and strokes. The second is LDL cholesterol or low density lipoprotein. This is the "bad" cholesterol and can cause heart disease and stokes.
The problem with too high a LDL cholesterol reading is that when the LDL cholesterol oxidizes or "rusts" on the arterial wall, it can lead to a rise in plaque and heart disease.
Foods such as fish, shellfish, avacados, peanuts, almonds, all have high levels of HDL cholesterol, the good kind.
If your total cholesterol is over 200 please do not panic, this does not mean you have heart disease or even developing heart disease. As long as your HDL cholesterol is high, above 50, and your LDL cholesterol is below 110 you are in good shape. Your "ratio" is what matters most, where you have a ratio below 7.4 for a male and below 5.8 for a female, but these ratios can change. To get your ratio, take your total cholesterol divided by your HDL cholesterol. This is the "heart disease" risk factor. Since new studies come out, different labs use a variety of standards to what is considered safe.
Anyway, if you cholesterol is above 225 and your LDL cholesterol is high (170) and your HDL cholesterol level is low (below 39), there are things you can do to change that.
Also, make sure you talk to your doctor about your triglycerides. This number must be below 135 and even lower to be safe. A high triglycerides is the direct result of increased glucose or "functional diabetes". Developing diabetes also lowers the enzyme HMG-COA reductase, which lowers cholesterol. So when you have a blood sugar problem, your triglycerides and total cholesterol goes up.
This can be a dangerous condition for your heart and your brain. To combat this problem, first watch your sugar intake and your simple carbohydrates. These foods can lead to high total and LDL cholesterol as well as triglycerides. Add good fats into your diet like olive oil and fish fats like salmon. Increase salads with oil and vinegar dressing. Add more fruit and veggies into your diet.
The real fix here lies in pharmaceutical grade supplements. There are different sources for these but you must make sure they are "doctor recommended". The 3 supplements I am going to mention, if take properly can significantly lower your total cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose levels.
The first one is Onemia (krill based in high dose phospholipids). In clinical practice, we have seen this specific supplement lower triglycerides up to 125 points and at the same time raise HDL cholesterol and lower total cholesterol. I have never seen a supplement do all three of those things. And all you need is one capsule per day, usually.
The second supplement you want to add in to your diet is high dose fish oil. I like to use an enteric coated capsule, which delivers the oil at proper times through your GI tract. We use one called Super Omega or Arctic Omega 780. There are alot of good brands on the market but do your research here.
Finally take timed release alpha lipoic acid. ALA is also termed the "universal antioxidant." Alpha Lipoic Acid does alot for the body. One of the things it does real well is helps to mobilize and uptake glucose into your cells. This helps to lower the amount of fats and cholesterol in your bloodstream.
If taken along with a healthy diet and adding nuts, veggies, etc into your diet, your total cholesterol should drop significantly. We usually see drops around 50 points. Even if diet changes are not made, you will still see a good drop, but I am not advocating this.
If you have faithfully done the above tasks and your cholesterol is still giving you trouble, you can add in two more nutrients. One of them is called PCOH Plus ( a sugar cane extract that lowers LDL cholesterol) and Red Yeast Rice, which lowers total cholesterol.
Be sure to have a plan, if you are on statin drugs, to be weaned off as you add in this powerful, effective cholesterol lowering program.
Copyright (c) 2013 Chris Fiorentino, DC, CNS, CSCS
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