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Top 3 Ways to Clobber Cholesterol

September is National Cholesterol Education Month. And although we hear a lot about it, many of us may not understand the basics of cholesterol or what can be done to help manage it. Unfortunately, there are no outward signs if you are having a cholesterol problem, making it even more important to get the facts.

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fatty substance that cannot be dissolved in your blood stream. It must be transported out. Cholesterol moves through your blood stream via proteins called, lipoproteins. Too much of the “bad” cholesterol or Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL), can lead to clogging, while High Density Lipoproteins (HDL), or “good” cholesterol, carries cholesterol away from your arteries to keep you healthy. As you can see, you want less of the bad stuff - LDL - and more of the good stuff - HDL.

Where does cholesterol come from?

I’m sure you’ve seen the same TV commercials about the two sources of cholesterol -your body and your diet. It’s true. The cholesterol created in your body is made naturally in your liver as a protective agent to combat the bad cholesterol. Meats, whole milk, cheese, butter, eggs, and convenience foods inject additional amounts of cholesterol into your diet, which is why it’s recommended you limit your consumption of these foods.

But that’s not always easy to do.

With today’s on-the-go lifestyle, many of us eat at fast food restaurants or heat up a pre-packaged dinner in the microwave. These foods are often laden with unhealthy oils and fats that cause your cholesterol intake to go through the roof.

Natural solutions to clobber cholesterol

Here are a few food, lifestyle, and supplement options to consider to you help clobber cholesterol naturally:

  1. Foods
    • Oatmeal and oat bran
    • Walnuts and almonds
    • Fish and Omega 3 fatty acids
    • Pears and oranges
    • Brussels sprouts, carrots, dried peas and beans
  2. Lifestyle
    • It’s recommended you get 30 minutes of regular physical activity 30 minutes, most if not all, days.
    • Your diet should include lean meats, fish, skinless poultry, whole grain foods and fruits and vegetables
  3. Herbs and Natural Nutrients
    • Policosanol. This is a naturally occurring substance found in rice bran, sugar and beeswax. It blocks cholesterol’s production at the earliest stages, helps maintain normal cholesterol production in your liver, and fosters normal LDL cholesterol excretion by your body.
    • Green tea. Research suggests that the polyphenols found in green tea combine with bile and cholesterol to form a substance that cannot be absorbed by your intestines, so it’s eliminated.
    • Garlic. Supports your heart muscle so it pumps strong and healthy and promotes your heart’s ability to utilize oxygen.
    • Hawthorn Berry. Helps keep cholesterol from getting stuck on your arteries.
    • Coenzyme Q-10. CoQ-10 is a fat-soluble compound that provides energy for every cell, and is especially important for your heart. As you age, your ability to produce CoQ-10 declines. And, if you take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, it lowers your CoQ-10 levels even further.

In addition to the above, Advanced Cholest-Ex™ from Botanic Choice combines many of these nutrients into a single formula. Regardless of your approach, know your numbers and work with your health care provider to help monitor your cholesterol before it’s too late.