Before we get to our high cholesterol natural remedies we need to find out... High Cholesterol, is it bad?
Cholesterol is produced mainly by the liver and used by the body in a myriad of ways. It is a component of all cell membranes. It helps synthesize vitamin D and some hormones such as cortisol, adrenalin, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. It is found in the myelin sheath in neurons. In the liver, it is converted to bile to help in the digestion of fats and the fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E and K.
So why does cholesterol get such a bad rap?
Cholesterol, a naturally occurring fat, links up with protein, to be transported through the blood. About one third to one fourth of cholesterol is HDL or high density lipoprotein, known as our “good Cholesterol” which brings cholesterol to the liver, to be processed. LDL or Low Density Lipoproteins is known as our “bad Cholesterol.” Cholesterol covers lesions in the arteries. So cholesterol in the arteries may reveal symptoms of possible heart problems already present rather than placing cholesterol as the cause of heart problems.
Most people believe that what they eat increases their cholesterol levels, but about 80% of our cholesterol is produced by the body and only 20% comes from the food we eat. Cholesterol in food is found in animal products, such as eggs, meat and dairy products. It is important to not deprive ourselves of healthy protein-rich foods in order to try to control cholesterol. Do make sure to choose good fats and stay away from bad fats. For many people, foods high in saturated fat and animal fats can raise your cholesterol levels.
It is important to know that high cholesterol can have a metabolic cause, as the liver can be producing too much.
Some Causes of High Cholesterol:
If taking medication to reduce cholesterol such as Crestor, Zocor, Pravacol, Lipitor, these block the enzyme that produces cholesterol, but they also block the production of Coenzyme Q10, which oxygenates our cells and helps with the proper functioning of the heart. Therefore it is very important to take a COQ10 supplement.
Side Effects of cholesterol-reducing medication:
By making dietary and lifestyle changes we can reduce cholesterol by 15% in 10 weeks.
Aim for about 30 to 60 minutes of moderate exercise each day. Regular physical activity can cut the risk of heart disease and stroke in half!
Walking is one of the simplest high cholesterol natural remedies. It's safe and effective and you can begin at any age. If you would like to know more about walking for fitness, why not join Carol Engelmann at Anti Aging 4 Mature Women for some tips and inspiration to get you started. You'll soon discover how your skin, mood and energy levels can benefit too.
Research shows that water and soluble fiber such as psyllium hulls are very helpful in reducing cholesterol.
Red Rice extract has proven to be a very effective and natural way to reduce cholesterol. However, similar to other cholesterol-reducing medications it also lowers COQ10 levels, so you must take a COQ10 supplement at the same time.
Black cherry juice is very effective, as well as liquid chlorophyll.
Other natural supplements or Chinese herbs can be helpful to reduce cholesterol depending on your situation and personal needs.
A consultation with a naturopath can help decide what is best for you.