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High Cholesterol

In medical circles high cholesterol is considered to be a fasting blood cholesterol level that is higher than 5.2 mmol/L (200 mg/dL). More ideally, individuals should strive to achieve a fasting blood cholesterol level that is below 3.9 mmol/L (150 mg/dL). High cholesterol can result from genetic (often a decreased ability to clear cholesterol from the blood) or dietary factors, or a combination of the two. In any case it is advisable to reduce your intake of foods high in saturated fat and/or cholesterol. It is also advisable to increase foods rich in soluble dietary fiber, which act as cholesterol magnets, lowering cholesterol by dragging it out of the body with each bowel movement.

 

Supplement Considerations

Natural Cholesterol-Triglyceride Lowering Supplements
A natural cholesterol-triglyceride lowering supplement should contain proven cholesterol-lowering ingredients that do not damage the liver or kidney or cause muscle soreness or weakness.

Essential Fatty Acids
An essential fatty acid should contain omega-fats that have been shown to lower blood fats and reduce the stickiness of the blood – a major consideration in the prevention of heart attack, stroke and peripheral vascular disease.

High Potency Multiple Vitamin and Mineral
A High potency multiple vitamin and mineral should contain doses of specific antioxidants that protect the bad cholesterol from becoming damaged by free radicals. This process has been shown to protect against heart and vascular disease by decreasing the tendency for cholesterol to be deposited in the artery wall. The key antioxidant doses in this regard include: 1000 mg of vitamin C, 400 IU of vitamin E succinate, 10,000 IU of beta-carotene, 200 mcg of selenium, 50 mg of bioflavonoid complex, and 6 mg of lycopene powder.

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