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What is High Cholesterol and how to treat it at home

September 10, 2018

What is High Cholesterol and how to treat it at home

So you might of heard all the bad things about cholesterol. The thing is cholesterol is vital to us humans. It's made by the liver and is involved in how every cell is made. Its helps make Vitamin D, some hormones and bile. It's when we have too much cholesterol when it becomes an issue and even life threatening.

When we have too much cholesterol that not being used it builds up in the blood vessel walls and causes blockages.

Around 50% of all heart attacks are related to raised cholesterol levels.

There are two types of cholesterol. Low density lioproteins (LDL) and High density lipoproteins. its the low density lipoprotiens that are dangerous to us theyre known as 'bad cholesterol'  this is because its the LDL that cause the blockages. This can increase the risk of getting heart disease.



There can be many factors linked to high cholesterol. These include:

  • Genetics
  • Diet (saturated fats and trans fats)
  • Obesity
  • Large Waist circumference
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

Where as some of these might be unavoidable. We can address the rest with some changes to our lifestyle and diet.Things like walking or cycling to work or the shop instead of jumping in the car. Doing more exercises helps us loose weight and boosts HDL levels. Substituting high fat and high calorie foods for healthy alternatives. Increasing our fiber intake can also help replacing white breads and pastas for whole grain alternatives. Eating healthy fats like olive oil, avocados and nuts. These all contain fats that wont raise our LDL. Limiting you cholesterol intake like cheese, whole milk, and high fat meats. And STOP SMOKING!!

Primary suggestions to help lower you cholesterol are:

Plant Sterols -  these are naturally occurring substances found in grains, vegetables,fruit, legumes, nuts and seeds. These all have powerful cholesterol lowering properties. The EFSA approved health claim "Consumption of over 1500mg a day WILL reduce cholesterol."

Red Yeast Rice - Contains a substance called Monacolin K, which has been shown to have a beneficial effect of blood cholesterol level. EFSA have approved health claims for supplements containing at least 10 mg of Monacolin K. "Monacolin K from red yeast rice contributes to the maintenance of normal cholesterol levels"

Fish Oil/DHA - DHA contributes to the maintenance of normal blood triglyceride levels when taken with EPA, in doses of around 2g per day.

Lets talk about statins now. Millions of people have been prescribed statins. They're are used to help lower cholesterol. As effective as they are they're known to deplete level of Co-enzyme Q10 in the body. Co-enzyme Q10 aka Co-Q-10 is responsible for cellular energy. Found in every cell in the body.

Statin medication can lead to multiple issues including headaches, low energy, muscle pain and aches, Muscles weakness and tenderness, drowsiness and sleep problems. With many of these side effects could be linked to the decrease of Co-Q-10.

Small decreases of Co-Q-10 can disrupt the bodies capability of energy production and cause other compromises in function. The lowering of Co-Q-10 is associated with the weakening of the heart muscle and general muscle pain. Studies have shown that supplementing Co-Q-10 can significantly reduce muscel pain and sensitivity in statins users

Primary Suggestions

Co-Q-10  - 100mg/300mg minimum daily

Ubiquinol - Not 'Ubiquinol Acetate' as it's not stable 

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