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By Deborah H. Land

a. Cholesterol Truths – Good and Bad

There are actually two types of cholesterol, which is not a known fact for people who misconstrue it as something bad. HDL is the name of the good cholesterol, while the bad one is called LDL. A bloodstream with too much LDL will result in plaques in the arteries. Over time, blood will have a difficult time travelling your arteries because the opening becomes narrow thanks to the amount of bad cholesterol in it. Dietary cholesterol is not the culprit for your having high cholesterol in the blood. Rather, it is copious amounts of saturated fat along with Tran’s fat that is to blame for the tightening of the artery. To keep your cholesterol on the low level, you should eat plenty of unsaturated fats and fibrous foods, as well as exercise often.

b. Number Relevance in Cholesterol

Adults should see to it that they have their cholesterol checked every 5 years. Four results are given to you, which will show the levels for your LDL cholesterol, Triglycerides, total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol.

Should you find your cholesterol levels over or even under the normal range, you need to diet and exercise as a result.

Total Cholesterol – less than 200 mg/dL (5.2 mmol/L)

LDL Cholesterol – less than 100 mg/dL (2.6 mmol/L)

HDL Cholesterol – greater than 40 mg/dL (1.0 mmol/L)

Triglycerides – less than 150 mg/dL (1.7 mmol/L)

c. Vitamin E and Heart Protection

You can find Vitamin E in many nuts, leafy vegetables and vegetable oils. While it cannot prevent a stroke, Vitamin E can still reduce your risk for heart disease.

d. Five Fabulous Foods to Decrease Cholesterol Levels

1. Oatmeal and Oat Bran: These contain a high amount of soluble fiber, which can lower LDL.

2. Fish: Fish is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which lowers LDL and raises HDL.

3. Nuts: Not only are nuts high in fiber, but they contain the healthy fats you need to keep LDL in check.

4. Plant Sterols: This is found in foods like margarine, salad dressing, orange juice, and functional cookies. 2 grams per day will lower your LDL by 10-15%.

5. Soy: This popular meat replacement can lower LDL by up to 3%.

e. Plant Sterols and Benefits to Health

Foods such as VitaTops Muffin Tops, Benecol Spread, granola bars and fat free milk are rich sources of plant sterols. You can easily help your heart when you start eating foods packed with plant sterols and avoid eating foods that contain saturated fats. A saturated fat-filled diet is not canceled out by this. Exercising often as well as eating healthy food will keep your cholesterol in check.

About the Writer – Deborah H. Land writes for the <a href=”http://www.cholesterolloweringdiets.net/” mce_href=”http://www.cholesterolloweringdiets.net/”>low carb low cholesterol diet</a> site, her personal hobby blog she uses to help people lower bad cholesterol levels.

 Here is the excerpt from an article that is not surprising but shocking nevertheless.

LOS ANGELES — Nearly half of all adult Americans have high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes, all conditions that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, researchers from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.
One in 8 Americans has at least two of the conditions and 1 in 33 have all three, sharply increasing their risk.
Of those with at least one condition, 15 percent have not been diagnosed, according to the report released online.
“The number that really surprises me is the penetration of these conditions into the U.S. population,” said Dr.
Clyde Yancy of Baylor University Medical Center, president of the American Heart Association. “When that number is nearly 50 percent, that’s a huge wake-up call.”
It means there are a large number of people, Yancy said, “who think they are healthy … but are working under a terrible misconception.” “This report is so timely and important because it crystallizes exactly what the burden is,” Yancy said. “It tells us the challenge we now face that could stress and potentially defeat any health care system we could come up with.” Personal responsibility plays a big role in creating these three health problems, he said. “This trio begins with a quartet of smoking, a junk diet, physical inactivity and obesity. Those are all things we can do something about.”
Here are supplements that helped many. Just remember it is not a “silver bullet”  

Exercise, eat properly, don’t be a couch potato.
The Heart Health System is comprised of Heart Health Essential Omega III Fish Oil with Vitamin E, Heart Health TriActive™, and Heart Health Advanced LipiTrim® Ultra, all designed to promote overall cardiovascular health. Heart Health Essential Omega III Fish Oil with Vitamin E provides the three grams of EPA† (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA† (docosahexaenoic acid) that studies reveal is the most effective amount to promote overall cardiovascular health.

April 16, 2010

Heart Health Essential Omega III with Vitamin E is a superior product due to a number of factors. The best fish are used to produce a clean and safe product that is rich in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). It also contains 3000mg of fish oil where most other commercial products contain a third of the total fish oil contained in Heart Health Essential Omega III. Heart Health Essential Omega III comes from small fish where other competitive products use large fish which are more likely to accumulate toxins. Heart Health Essential Omega III provides a high quality, high purity product with significant percentages of the health promoting EPA and DHA.


Pycnogenol®, a patented, proprietary extract made exclusively from French maritime
pine bark (Pinus pinaster, manufactured by Horphag Research, Geneva, Switzerland). Pycnogenol extract is standardized to contain 70 ± 5% procyanidins in compliance with USP 28, compounds known for relatively significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, among other actions. Pycnogenol was ranked among the top 30 selling herbal dietary supplements in the United States in mainstream retail outlets (food, drug, and mass market stores) in 2008 in terms of dollar sales and had a total sales increase of nearly 34% over the previous year.
Dosage and Duration of Ad ministration
The following doses were used in the clinical trials reported in the
table in the full monograph. [Note: Some of the doses are based on
single studies or uncontrolled studies.]
ADHD: 1 mg/kg of body weight/day
Asthma: 1 mg/lb of body weight/day
Cholesterol/dyslipidemia: 120-150 mg/day
Chronic Venous Insufficiency: 150-360 mg/day
Diabetes: 50-200 mg/day
Dysmenorrhea: 30-60 mg/day
Endometriosis: 60 mg/day
Erectile dysfunction: 120 mg/day
Hypertension: 100-200 mg/day
Melasma: 75 mg/day
Muscle cramps: 200 mg/day
Osteoarthritis: 100-150 mg/day
Perimenopause: 200 mg/day
Platelet function: 25-200 mg/day
Retinopathy: 20-160 mg/day

March 14, 2010

by Dr. Ranit Mishori. published: 03/14/2010
Scientists are increasingly observing a connection between oral health and heartsmile.jpg conditions.In a study published in the International Journal of Cardiology, researchers looked at two groups of patients—those who had suffered a recent heart attack and a control group—and found that the heart patients had noticeably worse oral health compared to the controls. This doesn’t prove that bad teeth and gums caused the heart attacks, but it does indicate an association between the two.  

How might oral health affect the heart? In gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease, infection leads to chronic inflammation—gums are swollen, red, and sometimes bleeding. In periodontitis, the more severe form, the infection affects the bones that support the teeth, leading to tooth loss. In both cases, disease is caused by an accumulation of bacteria, or plaque, in the gums. These organisms release toxins that can circulate around the body.

In particular, the body’s arterial system may be affected. Multiple studies, including a recent report in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, display a startling correlation: The more severe the gum disease, the thicker and harder the walls of the arteries. This is true even for young, healthy adults with no other symptoms of heart problems. Narrowing of the arteries (or atherosclerosis) is a key component of heart disease.

We Aloe Vera juice. Good for the digestive system and I think it is also good for your gums.

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