to Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels Naturally
By Liz Barrington,
Natural Body Healing
Elevated blood cholesterol is one of the most common medical
conditions. It plays a major role in arteriosclerosis, heart
attacks, strokes and other life-threatening health problems.
But, because blood cholesterol levels can change slowly over
time, you may have no idea that they’re high. It’s
therefore important to get your Doctor to regularly monitor your
levels of cholesterol and also a similar group of chemicals
called ‘trigylcerides’, to ensure that you stay healthy. Yet
remember, not all cholesterol is bad.
There are 2 main types of cholesterol that exist in the
bloodstream: LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein or so-called ‘bad’
cholesterol) and HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein or ‘good’
cholesterol). The ‘bad’ LDL carries the type of cholesterol
that can build up in the arteries which tend to accumulate in
damaged arterial areas.
the ‘good’ HDL carries the type of cholesterol that actually
reduces heart disease because it tends to protect our
arteries against this process of adhesion, helping to remove
those adhesions on the artery walls and remove fat deposits from
It’s not the amount of cholesterol but the ratios of total
cholesterol to HDL, and of triglycerides to HDL that
matter most. In both cases, the lower it is the better.
These may vary around the world, but the current guidelines in
Total Cholesterol: Below 5.5 mmol/L
LDL Cholesterol: Below 3.5 mmol/L
HDL Cholesterol: Above 1 mmol/L
Total Cholesterol to HDL Ratio: Below 5.0
Triglycerides: Below 1.5 mmol/L
Triglycerides to HDL Ratio: Below 3.0
Approximately 25% of your cholesterol comes from your diet; the
other 75% is manufactured in your liver. When your body is
working efficiently, it burns dietary fat for energy and uses
cholesterol to manufacture hormones such as oestrogen and
cortisone, along with nutrients such as vitamin D.
However, when your body makes excessive cholesterol or
triglycerides, or its systems for disposing of the excess are
inefficient, these blood fats build-up along with calcium
deposits, to clog and harden-up blood vessels.
These days, many different medications are utilised to lower
cholesterol. The most commonly prescribed medications used are
known as ‘statins’ and brand names can include Mevacor, Altocor,
Zocor, Pravachol, Lescol and Lipitor.
Yet, ALL types of medications used to lower cholesterol
(including non-statin types) have some nutrient-depletion
problems for the body that are associated with them. The
cholesterol-binding agents in these drugs reduce levels of many
nutrients because they bind these nutrients with cholesterol in
the gut, and therefore the essential nutrients get removed,
along with the rest of the waste. The main nutrients that are
depleted by these medications include Folic Acid, Co-Enzyme Q10,
Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin A and Carotenoids.
The ‘statin’ medications are especially known to reduce our
natural levels of co-enzyme Q10 – in fact they actually reduce
Co-Q10 really well indeed!
studies confirm that Co-Q10 supports cardiac function. It’s
really quite ironic that individuals suffering with heart
disease are prescribed ‘statin’ medications to help their
cardiovascular systems. Yet at the same time, the statin
medication is actually reducing their natural levels of
Co-Q10, which is consequently having a negative impact on the
important cardiac system that it’s trying to help!
So why is Co-enzyme Q10 so important for our bodies?
Co-enzyme Q10 is
vitamin-like substance that's a key component of all the enzymes
found in our body. Enzymes are made up of 2 parts—a protein
portion and a co-factor portion consisting of minerals or
vitamins which is called Co-Q10. An enzyme is a protein that
acts as a catalyst to accelerate a chemical reaction, and
depending on their specific function; they are located within
our cells, tissues and organs. Enzymes can induce chemical
changes in other substances without themselves being changed and
are essential in the healthy functioning throughout our entire
key component of our enzymes, Co-Q10 helps produce cellular
energy and acts as an antioxidant. As an antioxidant, Co-Q10
scavenges free radicals, protects cardiac cells and promotes the
re-generation of Vitamin E, another heart-healthy antioxidant.
Fortunately, if you're taking medication for the cardio-vascular
system, you can supplement your diet with natural
to counteract any deficiencies.
So, how can you naturally help lower your blood
cholesterol levels, without the harmful side-effects of
medication? Well, here are some dietary and lifestyle
changes that we'd recommend:
Change Your Diet.
Reduce your intake of saturated fats, cakes, pastries,
ready-made pies, sausage rolls etc.
Cut-back on high-fat red meats and fatty meats such as
sausages, salami. Choose lean red meat, turkey and
Limit your consumption of full-fat cheese, cream, ice-cream
and also eggs if necessary (2-3 eggs a week are OK).
Instead, choose reduced-fat milk, yogurt, or soy milk with
Avoid deep-fried fried foods and
Forget spending your money on very expensive 'cholesterol-lowering'
margarines etc. The natural wholesome route is
much better; replace saturated oils with fantastic mono-saturated oils such as olive
oil and avocado oil in salads etc.
Eat foods containing polyunsaturated fats such as raw nuts,
seeds, flaxseed oil, fish oil.
Eat fresh oily fish
at least twice a week.
Eat plenty of artichokes and garlic in your diet. These can
really help lower cholesterol however, as it is probably not
practical to eat large quantities of these foods everyday,
use natural nutritional supplements such as those listed
below for more consistently
Eat more soya; soya protein and other soya foods such as
soya milk, yogurt, tofu - these have all been shown to reduce
cholesterol when regularly eaten.
Increase your levels of
fibre intake and
by eating crunchy vegetables and fibrous whole grains
especially legumes, pulses, rolled oats and rice bran. Also take psyllium seeds or
hulls, as this reduces high cholesterol and triglyceride
levels by binding with dietary cholesterol and fat to
prevent their absorption. Aim to eat at least of total of
50 grams of fibre per day to help stimulate and bulk-up your
Reduce the level of
alcohol that you drink -
keep to the safe limits. A small glass of red wine a
day is proven to be beneficial - so you don't necessarily
have to abstain completely.
Seriously reduce the levels of salt and
sugar in your diet.
Avoid fizzy drinks and too many cordials that contain lots
Increase your daily water consumption - make sure you drink
1.5 to 2 litres water a day. Reduce your consumption
of caffeine too. Herbal teas and water with lemon are
Change Your Lifestyle.
Walk instead of taking the car!
Get into a routine of exercising at least 3 times a week, to
consist of both aerobic and weight resistance
exercises. Medical studies show that that regular exercise
increases HDL levels whilst decreasing LDL levels.
Stop smoking. Smoking increases the ability of LDL
cholesterol to get into your cells and cause damage.
Try to get a healthy
Enjoy your life more - it's not all about work you know!
Get used to taking deep breaths regularly throughout the
day. Deep breathing helps calm the body and so puts less
stress on your heart.
Key Natural Supplements that Really Help Lower
Always consult your doctor before undertaking any herbal
supplements for heart disease, and do not change your
regimen of prescription, or other pharmaceutical drugs
without your doctor’s supervision.
Here are some Nature’s Sunshine
supplements that you may wish to consider in
conjunction with your Doctor, if you currently have high blood
cholesterol levels, or if you have a family history of circulatory problems:
- This combination of policosanol, phytosterol (plant sterols),
inositol nicotinate (a form of niacin), resveratrol and
artichoke powder offers a host of benefits to the heart and the
circulatory system. These include maintaining cholesterol levels
that are already in the normal range, protection of the heart,
antioxidant properties, maintaining already-normal platelet
aggregation levels and more.
– this is our amazing ‘key’ product for the heart and
circulatory system. It is a high-potency vitamin and mineral
supplement that contains herbs, amino acids and other nutrients
designed to benefit the entire circulatory system including the
arteries, veins, capillaries, tissues and organs. This
supplement helps with the overall strengthening of the heart
muscle, boosting its efficiency in using oxygen and energy, and
assists in dilating coronary arteries. The combination also
contains vitamins C and B6, demonstrated to reduce platelet
adhesion and aggregation, helping to ‘dissolve’ plaques that are
unique product containing a vitamin-like substance called
co-enzyme Q10. Many studies confirm that Co-Q10 supports
cardiac function. Co-Q10 helps produce cellular energy and acts
as an antioxidant. As an antioxidant, Co-Q10 scavenges free
radicals, protects cardiac cells and promotes the re-generation
of Vitamin E, another heart-healthy antioxidant. Co-Q10
can also help with heart failure, heart attack prevention and
recovery, high blood pressure, gum disease, migraine and
synergistic blend of ten powerful ingredients include mangosteen,
wolfberry (goji berry), apple extract, blueberry, concord grape,
grape seed, grape skin, green tea, red berry and raspberry.
can help speed up the
healing of arterial injuries that often lead to the accumulation
of plaque. This
power-house of antioxidants helps the body fight the effects of
ageing, counters inflammation caused by excess free radicals,
supports the cardiovascular system, promotes energy, helps
maintain healthy cell growth and greatly enhances the immune
Oil’ are both
rich sources of ‘Essential Fatty Acids’ which are vital to the
body because they are necessary in keeping our cell membranes
healthy and they form a large component of the nervous system
within the brain and in the retina. They are especially good
for the heart. Supportive research shows that the consumption
of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of
coronary heart disease. The best sources of Omega 3 are found
in high quality fish oils which can easily be assimilated in the
body. Flaxseed oil is also a very good source, especially for
vegans, and it has no after-taste.
provides additional bulk to the diet to ensure toxins are
swiftly removed from the body which also helps to reduce our
internal stress levels. Also fibre helps to
decrease total cholesterol and LDL levels in the body by binding
with dietary cholesterol and fat to prevent their absorption.
– Garlic contains substances that prevent platelets from
sticking together, lowers
total cholesterol, LDL levels, triglycerides (a type of blood
fat), whilst increasing ‘good’ HDL cholesterol levels. Garlic
also promotes the breakdown of certain types of blood clots and
lowers blood pressure.
Remember, heart disease is not a condition to be taken lightly.
A heart condition is VERY serious and potentially
life-threatening which requires you to see your doctor or
cardiologist on a regular basis. High cholesterol levels have
accumulated over a long period of time, so be patient - they will not
disappear over night!
You should NEVER stop taking prescription medication without
first consulting your doctor. If you or your Doctor
requires our assistance to verify whether our supplements will
interfere with your present medication, please
We have access to our own in-house team of pharmacists who fully
understand which drugs are available worldwide and how our herbs
interact with each.
important thing that you can do to help reduce your blood
cholesterol levels is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You
only have one body and you should fully appreciate the fact that
your body is your own responsibility; no-one else's.
It has to last throughout your entire lifetime - so
remember to look after it.
The nutritional supplement product links stated in this article can only be purchased from this website in UK and in Europe.
The above information should not be treated as a substitute for the
medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care