Cholesterol Levels for Men – The Cholesterol Level that Counts Is One You want Higher, Not Lower

Much has been made of the fact that measuring cholesterol is not a good way of predicting the risk of heart attack or stroke. For men who have reached their 65th birthday who want to live to be 85, however, it may be better to have higher levels of HDL cholesterol.

A paper published online in the February 2011 edition of the American Journal of Cardiology reported that men with the highest levels of HDL cholesterol in their 60′s were 28 per cent less likely to die before the age of 85. Researchers from the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology and Research Information Center in Boston looked at the records of about 650 veterans when they were around 65 years of age, grouping them by HDL levels.

With the lowest group of HDL levels 40 mg/dl or lower, the scientists found that for every 10 mg/dl of HDL, men were 14% less likely to die over the next 20 years. Overall, 375 of the 650 veterans lived at least to age 85. Men who had the highest HDL levels also were less likely to be overweight, and less likely to smoke.

This kind of study cannot prove that higher HDL causes greater longevity. It can only show that there is a relationship between HDL and greater longevity. There could be some other factor that was not considered that is actually enabling men to live longer.

Higher levels of HDL, however, are generally associated with better health. The question is, how can men raise their HDL?

Here are some of the methods of complementary medicine:

  • Simply eating fewer calories, never stuffing yourself, lowers HDL levels.
  • Eating at least 5 servings of vegetables per day increases HDL levels about 10%.
  • Some studies have found that eating 1 oz (about 30 g) of macadamia nuts per day can lower LDL and possibly raise HDL about 8%.
  • DHA supplements, either fish oil or microalgae, don’t lower LDL levels or raise HDL levels, but they do change the size of LDL and HDL particles in healthy way.

Pharmaceutical companies are working hard to create a pill to raise HDL-but you get many more benefits simply by eating less overall, and eating more vegetables and nuts. DHA supplements may also help.

Selected Reference:

Rahilly-Tierney CR, Spiro A 3rd, Vokonas P, Gaziano JM. Relation Between High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol and Survival to Age 85 Years in Men (from the VA Normative Aging Study). Am J Cardiol. 2011 Feb 4. [Epub ahead of print]

The Most Important Cholesterol Number to Know Is Probably One Your Doctor Doesn’t Test For

When doctors interpret our cholesterol readings for us, they usually give us a cholesterol levels chart, specifying healthy cholesterol levels by age and risk status. There may be an LDL cholesterol levels chart, or an HDL cholesterol levels chart, or maybe some combination cholesterol numbers chart by which we can measure our progress.

But the cholesterol numbers that really count usually aren’t on the chart. In fact, they usually aren’t even tested.

We are usually told that LDL cholesterol is always bad, but the simple fact is, LDL cholesterol isn’t even measured in most lab tests. Medical laboratories estimate LDL cholesterol as by measuring total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides, and then making LDL 20 per cent of anything that’s left. The problem is, if you start cutting your calories and getting exercise, sending your triglycerides down, then the “guestimate” of your LDL will go up.

It is possible, however, to run a separate LDL cholesterol test for about $500. But even that doesn’t yield the most useful number.

LDL cholesterol comes in two forms. One form of LDL, attached to a protein called apo-A, is fluffier, fresher, and less prone to attack by free radicals. The other form of LDL, attached to a protein called apo-B, is denser, older, and subject to oxidation. It’s the process of oxidation that actually leads to the formation of cholesterol plaques inside the linings of artery walls.

You can have “healthy” total LDL levels and high levels of apo-B, and you are actually at increased risk of cardiovascular disease. You can have “high” LDL with low levels of apo-B, and you actually don’t need cholesterol medication. So why don’t doctors measure the cholesterol number that really counts?

The simple reason is, the medical industry has invested far too much in products for lowering cholesterol numbers that don’t actually make any difference. After 50 years of telling the public that total cholesterol, and then LDL cholesterol, was the culprit behind heart attacks and strokes, many industry leaders in the USA are loathe to tell the public that doctors don’t measure the numbers that count and drugs don’t treat the numbers that count. But European doctors are increasingly switching over to the measurement of the ratio of apoB100 to apo-A1 as the single number that tells it all for high cholesterol.

Prediction of the risk of stroke, incidentally, turns out to have at least as much to do with blood sugar levels and kidney function, so the ratio of apoB100 to apo-A1 is of greatest value for predicting risk of heart disease. Testing apo-A and apo-B does not require you to fast, and it isn’t affected by triglyceride levels. But if you really want to know if you need to take a drug to change your cholesterol levels, get the right test, which is for apoB100 and apo-A1.

Cholesterol in Eggs – It May Not Be as Harmful as You Think

In 1988 the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine ran a clinical report on an 88-year-old man who was in good cardiovascular health and who had normal cholesterol levels, despite the fact he had eaten an average of 25 eggs a day, as few as 20 a day, as many as 30 a day, for the previous 15 years.

There was general agreement among this man’s doctors that a psychological compulsion to eat 25 eggs a day is not a good thing, however, there were no ill effects on cholesterol or heart health. His lab numbers were:

  • Total cholesterol, 200 mg/dl (5.18 mmol per liter),
  • LDL cholesterol, 142 mg/dl (3.68 mmol per liter), and
  • HDL cholesterol, 45 mg/dl (1.17 mmol per liter).

He also had normal apo-A and apo-B and triglycerides. The doctors calculated that this man’s body absorbed only about 20 per cent of the cholesterol he ate, and the reason why is not hard to understand.

Eggs are not just high in cholesterol. They are also high in lecithin. The lecithin in eggs keeps much of the cholesterol from reaching the bloodstream, especially when the liver generates large amounts of bile salts (which it makes from excess cholesterol) that keep cholesterol in the stool so that it is simply flushed away.

Was this man’s good health a fluke?

This man’s percent absorption of cholesterol was exceptionally low, but his consumption of cholesterol was exceptionally high. When there is a huge amount of cholesterol in the colon, the sheer bulk of fat keeps some of it from ever reaching the portal hepatic vein and reaching the body. And when the liver senses there is excess cholesterol, it sends waste cholesterol out into fecal contents, also keeping cholesterol from being absorbed.

Most modern research has found that eating up to three eggs per day has no detrimental effects on either inflammation in the lining of arteries or cholesterol levels, and that eating eggs is healthier than eating cured pork products or cheese. However, to improve cholesterol levels and increase the flexibility of blood vessels, egg substitutes are even better than eggs.

Selected References:

Kern, F. Normal Plasma Cholesterol in an 88-Year-Old Man Who Eats 25 Eggs a Day – Mechanisms of Adaptation. N Engl J Med. 324:896-899. 28 March 1991.

Njike V, Faridi Z, Dutta S, Gonzalez-Simon AL, Katz DL. Daily egg consumption in hyperlipidemic adults – effects on endothelial function and cardiovascular risk. Nutr J. 2010 Jul 2;9:28.

Cholesterol Guidelines – Low Cholesterol Diets and the Cholesterol Myth

In 1950, doctors told their patients to try to keep their cholesterol levels below 300 mg/dl.

In 1975, doctors told their patients to try to keep their cholesterol levels below 250 mg/dl.

And in 2011, doctors tell their healthy patients to keep their total cholesterol levels to 200 mg/dl or lower, and some high-risk patients are told they even need to keep their total cholesterol levels as low as 120 by a combination of statin medications and severe blood-cholesterol diets. Why do the cholesterol guidelines keep recommending lower and lower levels of cholesterol, so that more and more people-nearly 90 per cent of all people-qualify for cholesterol drugs.

The obvious answer would be that the cholesterol drug manufacturers also make the cholesterol treatment guidelines, but conspiracy theories don’t make anyone healthy. Instead, it is far more helpful to understand the one and only cholesterol test that really predicts risk of cardiovascular disease.

What doctors don’t tell you about cholesterol. Every cell in the human body makes cholesterol. Some such as the liver, the linings of the intestines, the adrenal glands, and the ovaries in women and testes in men, make relatively more. Human beings are not the only producers of cholesterol. Every animal cell makes cholesterol, and it can appear in some plants. Corn oil, cottonseed oil, canola oil, and coconut oil contain tiny amounts of cholesterol-but less than 0.1% as much as is found in meat.

About 85 per cent of the cholesterol in the human body is made from triglycerides, and about 60 per cent of the triglycerides in the body are made from excess sugar. The amount of carbohydrate you eat usually has more influence over your cholesterol levels than the amount of cholesterol you eat. And there are at least three major kinds of cholesterol, only one of which is harmful.

VLDL, LDL, and HDL. The bloodstream is mostly water, and cholesterol is a fat. The bloodstream could not transport cholesterol except that it is enclosed in a “balloon” of protein called lipoprotein. The bigger the balloon, the lighter its contents.

When the liver makes cholesterol to provide the rest of the body-especially the immune system-a fuel source, it starts by making “big balloons” of very low-density lipoprotein or LDL cholesterol. As the cholesterol inside these traveling “balloons” is used up, the protein changes to accommodate the changes in the cholesterol inside. VLDL cholesterol becomes low-density or LDL cholesterol, and eventually the LDL cholesterol shrinks to tiny packets of high-density or HDL cholesterol.

We often hear about HDL being the “good” cholesterol. Actually, HDL is not so much a protective substance as it is what is left over after a protective process. If your body is using cholesterol for fuel, shrinking VLDL down to HDL, less cholesterol is going to be left to “clog” your arteries. But actually only one kind of cholesterol is harmful.

Apo-A and apo-B. LDL cholesterol is usually termed the “bad” cholesterol, but many LDL molecules are harmless. When LDL cholesterol is still relatively large and fluffy, it’s attached to a transporter protein known as apo-A. When it begins to shrink, it goes through a phase during which it is just the right size to be food for a kind of white blood cell known as a macrophage.

Macrophages are big, clumsy “germ eating” cells that tend to get stuck in small blood vessels. They fuel themselves by swallowing cholesterol whole. Apo-B cholesterol is the kind of cholesterol on which the feed, and when they feed, they can get stuck. Both the macrophage and the cholesterol inside it, plus more macrophages that come along trying to consume the first macrophage, actually form “clogs.”

The lab measurement that really tells you your cardiovascular risk is apo-B. If you have high levels of this kind of cholesterol, then you need to lower your cholesterol, and statin drugs may actually help.

So what do you need to do? You may have to spend some effort finding a doctor who will actually run a test of apo-B, or, more likely (and just as helpfully) as test of your ratio of apo-B to apo-A. (The specific proteins identified in this test are known more precisely as ApoB100 and apo-A1.) Then, if your ratio of apo-B to apo-A is too high, you will likely get the best results if you take cholesterol-lowering medication and you also take at least 360 mg of the omega-3 essential fatty acid DHA and 480 mg of the omega-3 essential fatty acid EPA, what you can get in one capsule of a high-quality fish oil such as Xtend Life.

Do Cholesterol-Free Foods Work? The Answer Depends on the Rest of Your Diet

If your goal is low cholesterol levels, it would seem logical to include lots of low-cholesterol foods in your diets. The fact is, however, how much you eat is probably more important than what you eat.

About 85 per cent of the cholesterol in your body does not come from your diet. Most of your body’s cholesterol is made by your liver.

The liver makes cholesterol from triglycerides, and triglycerides in turn are the way the body (1) packages fatty acids so they can dissolve in and flow through the mostly-watery bloodstream and (2) the way fat cells store excess sugar.

Your triglyceride levels usually depend a lot more on whether you eat too many carbohydrates than whether you eat too much fat. Some people who follow Atkins-style diets have lower triglyceride levels than some people who eat vegan diets (although it’s really rare for people on raw foods diets to have either high triglycerides or high cholesterol).

The way cholesterol medications, and cholesterol-reducing herbs such as red yeast rice, work is by stopping the liver from making cholesterol from triglycerides. This also stops the liver from making ubiquinone, also known as coenzyme Q10.

But just as only about 15 per cent of the body’s cholesterol comes from food, only about 20 per cent of the body’s cholesterol is made by the liver. Every single cell in the body can make cholesterol from triglycerides-and that’s a good thing, because every single cell in the body needs cholesterol to make the lining that protects it from being dissolved in the bloodstream. If all the body’s cholesterol were made in the liver and a pill stopped the liver from making more, you would quickly die.

So how can you use diet to lower your cholesterol?

If you don’t consume any cholesterol foods at all, your cholesterol will probably go down about 15 per cent. Ironically, many people start low-cholesterol diets and have their cholesterol levels go up, because the body uses excess sugars to make triglycerides and uses triglycerides to make more cholesterol!

Success on a low-cholesterol diet usually has more to do with reducing calories, than with reducing cholesterol. If you consume only as much sugar and fat as your body needs every day, then the excess won’t become cholesterol. And unless you have a hereditary condition called familial hypercholesterolemia, that is the kind of diet that will really lower your cholesterol.

The Numbers You Can’t Get at Home You Won’t Get from the Lab, Either

When at-home cholesterol blood tests first came out, the medical establishment came down hard on cholesterol monitors. The Mayo Clinic Newsletter, for instance, warned its readers:

“Two in-home testing products can tell you your total cholesterol, HDL, and triglyceride levels (Cardio Check and Lifestream Personal Cholesterol Monitor). Unfortunately, it takes three separate jabs with a sharp lancet to do this, the tests don’t measure LDL, and they cost more than $100. Leave it to the lab.”

The good news is that, since the Mayo Clinic newsletter came out, the cost of Lifestream test strips is down to $3.33 and the cost of CardioCheck test strips is down to $3.79. It is true that users of at-home cholesterol test kits have to jab their own fingers to get a tiny drop of blood, but if they use a spring-loaded lancing device, there’s no pain at all-something you can’t necessarily say about every visit to the blood lab at your clinic or hospital. And while home cholesterol blood testing does not measure LDL cholesterol, neither does your doctor!

Why labs don’t usually measure LDL cholesterol. Every modern medical lab can measure LDL cholesterol. It’s not an easy test. In most labs, the technicians have to recalibrate their equipment just for the one patient getting the test. And it costs about US $500.

The way labs estimate LDL cholesterol is by first measuring the total of all kinds of cholesterol plus triglycerides. Then they measure triglycerides. Taking this out of the total leaves the total cholesterol.

Then the lab measures the smaller, denser HDL cholesterol. This leaves everything else, which is VLDL and LDL. The lab guesses that your VLDL is 1/5 as much as your triglycerides, and everything left is LDL.

The problem with this method is that VLDL isn’t always 1/5 as much as your triglycerides. And if you have been dieting to lose weight, your body doesn’t make as many triglycerides out of leftover sugars. This means you can cut out the sugar and fat, and start exercising, and it will appear your LDL goes up-whether it actually does or not.

Home cholesterol monitors don’t measure LDL. Neither does the lab. And total LDL is not a very helpful measurement, anyway.

LDL comes in two varieties. LDL is usually called “bad” cholesterol, but the simple fact is, not all LDL causes cardiovascular disease. Bigger pieces of LDL cholesterol get burned as fuel by the muscles. Smaller pieces of cholesterol are the ones that can get stuck in the linings of arteries and calcify to form artery-clogging plaques.

If LDL cholesterol is attached to a carrier molecule called apo-A, it doesn’t cause cardiovascular disease. If it is attached to a carrier molecule called apo-B, then it may cause cardiovascular disease-if your immune system attacks it, and if you have high levels of free radicals (and low levels of antioxidants) that accelerate the process.

Should you really measure cholesterol at home? Total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglyceride levels are a good measurement of the general direction of your health after you make changes to take care of high cholesterol. They don’t tell you whether you are changing your real risk factors for heart disease, but if total cholesterol, LDL, and triglyceride levels go down, and HDL levels go up, you can be assured you are generally on the right track.

And for just $3 a test strip, compared to $500 or more for a doctor’s visit plus labs, why not test at home? You get inexpensive, reliable results in the comfort and privacy of your own home, for less than 1% of the cost of going to the doctor’s office. You still need to go to your doctor for diagnosis and treatment, but home cholesterol tests can tell you whether you are on the right track.

How to Increase HDL Levels – Why It Is Important To Know How To Raise Hdl Cholesterol

Wondering how to increase HDL levels in your blood? Why, it could be as easy as eating the right foods, getting the correct amount of exercise, and living a healthy lifestyle.

In fact, there are many natural ways to lower cholesterol that are far cheaper than the more common pharmaceutical options. The biggest advantage is, natural methods do not have the same adverse side effects.

Now just in case you’re new to the subject of cholesterol, here’s a quick run-through: cholesterol is actually a lipid that binds to a carrier apoprotein molecule. It is this compound that can either be classified according to density into either LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein) or HDL (High-Desnity Lipoprotein).

Why it is Important to Raise HDL Cholesterol

Higher levels of LDL are typically associated with conditions such as artherosclerosis, however take care to note that some believe that only LDLs damaged by free radicals are responsible for artherosclerosis. HDLs on the other hand bind with the LDLs that are not utilized and transport them to the liver.

All things considered, having a higher HDL count and a lower LDL count makes for a decreased chance of having cholesterol problems as time moves on.

What Causes Low HDL

To know how to raise HDL cholesterol, you should first know what causes it to be low in the first place. First and foremost, and probably the most obvious, is genetics. If you’ve got a family history of heart problems or cardiovascular problems, then it could be that you were born with a liver unable to produce sufficient HDL. In addition to genetics, certain drugs like steroids also have the ability to lower HDL as well as certain bad habits like smoking and excessive alcohol abuse.

How To Raise HDL Cholesterol

That being said, let’s look at how to increase HDL levels. The most prominent among these include a healthy dose of exercise. Now when we say exercise, we don’t necessarily mean walking for 30 minutes a day, a couple of days a week.

Your exercise should be focused on the cardiovascular system and be moderate to heavy for at least 45 minutes per day, 3 to 4 days a week.

In addition to exercise, there are a number of vitamins and various nutrients to look out for that can help increase your HDL levels such as policasonal, vitamin C, vitamin E, grape seed extract and, of course, niacin.

Cholesterol Lowering Diets

By now you’re probably wondering “Are there any foods that can lower my cholesterol?”. The answer to this is actually more tricky than you might think, seeing as only 15% of dietary cholesterol forms part of your cholesterol count when it reaches the blood. The remaining 85% is produced by the body.

However, but there are certain foods to avoid and others to look out for optimal cholesterol ratios. Those to avoid include foods with refined sugars, saturated fats and trans-fats such as junk food, deep fried foods, etc. Foods to eat on a regular basis include fruits, vegetables and other whole foods.

I would highly recommend Cardio-Klenz to anyone who is looking for how to increase HDL levels. This all natural product helps to balance LDL and triglyceride levels and also helps gradually break down the plaque in the arteries. Because Cardio-Klenz only contains natural ingredients it can be safely used without the risk of any adverse side effects.

How Can I Lower My Cholesterol And Why?

If you have just found out that you have high cholesterol, the first question that you are likely to ask is, “How can I lower my cholesterol the right way?”

Many people believe that cholesterol is the main cause of heart disease. The truth is cholesterol is not the only cause of heart disease or any other disease for that matter. Cholesterol can become lodged in tissues and when it becomes oxidized it can cause problems. When this happens it can cause chronic inflammation which is capable of injuring the lining of arteries.

It is possible for some good fats to become oxidized really easily however this doesn’t mean that they should be avoided all the time.

Is there such a Thing as Good and Bad Cholesterol?

Extensive clinical research shows that cholesterol is vital to every cell. Neither HDL nor LDL is actually cholesterol at all. In reality, both are lipoproteins.

HDL is also known as high density lipoprotein and LDL stands for low density protein. There really isn’t good or bad cholesterol. LDL and HDL are simply forms of proteins that are often referred to as cholesterol despite far from being just cholesterol.

It is the small dense LDL particles that can be problem makers. This is true because these particles are just small enough to be able to fit in between the lining of arteries. When these particles become oxidized or turn rancid then they can begin causing damage and even inflammation. I guess you could suggest there is good LDL and bad LDL if you really wanted to.

How can I Lower my Cholesterol?

If you are still asking yourself, “How can I lower my cholesterol?”, then this article is for you.

While it is commonly believed that the amount of cholesterol that one takes in is an important factor in determining that individual’s cholesterol levels, it is quiet the opposite. The amount of cholesterol taken in plays a small part in determining an individual’s cholesterol levels.

The truth is that most of the cholesterol in your bloodstream really originates from your liver as it manufactures and distributes it. HDL cholesterol is often referred to as good cholesterol because is it capable of keeping cholesterol away from tissues and arteries while it travels back to the liver. This is why some individuals think it is a good idea to increase good cholesterol.

What should I do to help Balance my Cholesterol Levels?

Before trying to balance out your cholesterol levels, you’ll want to take a cholesterol blood test to determine what your current cholesterol levels are. If they are high then you’ll find yourself asking how can I lower my cholesterol? Well, a good way to start is to develop and follow a cholesterol reducing diet.

While cholesterol is good and necessary for your health, it isn’t a good idea to have high cholesterol levels. Everything should balance itself out. You may need to reduce high cholesterol by avoiding foods that contain trans fats and refined sugars. It is best for your overall health to stick to a low cholesterol diet that comprises almost 90% of whole, unprocessed foods.

There are some natural options to help reduce your cholesterol such as Cholest-Natural. Cholest-Natural is capable of lowering your LDL cholesterol while increasing your HDL cholesterol. It will also help prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.

Cholest-Natural provides benefits for the entire cardiovascular system. Cardio-Klenz is a good natural way to give your arteries and veins a good spring cleaning. It is able to help break down plague that is found in the arteries and help dispose of it. I have used both Cholest-Natural and Cardio-Klenz and I recommend both as they are excellent products to help with your cholesterol problems.

Do You Know What Food To Eat To Lower Cholesterol

More often than not we are instructed about what food to eat to lower cholesterol. However it is equally essential to know exactly how cholesterol works. We should know what arguments there are for and against the dietary limiting of cholesterol to ensure a longer, healthier and happier life.

Dietary Cholesterol vs. Blood Cholesterol

Contrary to popular belief, not all cholesterol comes from food. In fact, 85% of cholesterol is manufactured by the body while the remaining 15% comes from the food we eat. So what’s the big deal then?

Well, although only 15% of your cholesterol comes from what you eat, it could still add to your body’s cholesterol levels. Where some people may have naturally low endogenous cholesterol (manufactured by the liver) levels, others have high endogenous cholesterol levels. This increase in cholesterol has been associated with a condition called atherosclerosis which is the build up of plaque in the arteries, thereby restricting the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart.

Good Cholesterol & Bad Cholesterol

If you’ve done your cholesterol reading, you’ll remember that there is something like “good cholesterol” and “bad cholesterol”. These actually refer to the type of carrier molecule that binds and transports the cholesterol.

When these carrier molecules bind with cholesterol, they form what is called lipoproteins. There are 2 kinds of lipoproteins- low-density lipoproteins (LDL), also known as “bad cholesterol” and high-density lipoproteins (HDL) which is often referred to as “good cholesterol”.

The main reason that LDL is referred to as “bad cholesterol” is not due to the high levels in the blood. It is because of damage incurred by free radicals in the blood that target the cardiovascular system. When LDLs get damaged, they become oxidized. It is this oxidized LDL that sticks to the artery walls, bringing about conditions such as atherosclerosis.

HDL Foods

HDL, or “good cholesterol”, binds with LDL and transports it back to the liver to be “recycled”. However if an individual is suffering from atherosclerosis or high blood cholesterol, then it can simply mean that there are two possible explanations. It could be either they have too little HDL in their blood or, too many free radicals.

It is therefore a good idea to eat HDL-increasing foods such as onions, foods containing niacin or even consume a moderate amount of alcohol. However the key is to lower cholesterol naturally – “bad cholesterol” that is. And as we have stated, “bad cholesterol” is in fact not LDL, but damaged LDLs.

Foods To Avoid (High Cholesterol

So with the aim of keeping the walls that line the arteries clear, we have to focus on foods that do not cause free radicals to circulate in our systems. These include vegetables or meats fried in oil (such as potato, and red meats), foods with refined fats and/or sugars and generally just junk food. These are foods with high cholesterol, but also foods that could increase the free radical count in the blood, thereby increasing the chances of LDL going “bad” and building up inside the arteries.

Diets For High Cholesterol

There are many diets that attempt to combat high cholesterol. These often include foods such as berries and pure green teas. However take note that to truly combat high cholesterol, it is important not to depend too much on low cholesterol food lists alone, but to use them in conjunction with a diet rich in antioxidants to combat those free radicals, thereby leaving your LDLs undamaged and keeping them off your artery walls.

To summarize, we’ll give you our take on how to beat “bad cholesterol”. First on the list, as is usually the case, is exercise. This means moderate exercise for at least 45 minutes, three or four days per week. However exercise alone won’t do the trick.

Still wondering which food to eat to lower cholesterol? A healthy diet consisting of whole, unprocessed food that includes all the essential nutrients and supplements such as Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 6 is essential. These include fruits, vegetables and nuts.

And just in case you are looking for a viable supplement to help you along the way, Cardio-Klenz could be just the thing to keep your heart clean and in good condition.

Eggs And Cholesterol- Debunking The Myth

The relationship between eggs and cholesterol has been misrepresented for many years. They say that eggs cannot be a part of a lower cholesterol diet. They claimed that egg cholesterol goes straight into the blood stream. They tried to make people stop eating eggs because they were the main culprit in high cholesterol diets. Now, it is time to here the truth about eggs and cholesterol.

Egg Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure

While you probably would not use eggs as a food to lower cholesterol, recent studies have shown a positive relationship between egg cholesterol and high blood pressure. It would seem that our bodies require a certain amount of cholesterol to maintain clear arteries and function properly. In addition, some of the proteins in eggs work very much like many of the prescription medications used to treat high blood pressure.

Your Body Passes Most Eaten Cholesterol

When it comes to eggs high cholesterol, your body is unable to absorb the most of the cholesterol it takes in. Most of the cholesterol in a person’s blood is made in the body, not consumed in foods. Lowering the amount of saturated fats consumed will have more impact on blood cholesterol than eating eggs.

The protein in one egg, along with the nutrients choline and lutein, do more good for the body than the minute amount of cholesterol actually absorbed does harm.

Impact of High Cholesterol Levels

It may surprise you to know that high cholesterol levels have been linked with many benefits to the body. This is the reason for the separation into HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol). High cholesterol levels benefit the body in the following ways:

  • Provide protection from infection
  • Increase life expectancy
  • Increase testosterone levels in the body

A Truly Heart Healthy Diet

The best ways to avoid developing heart disease or coronary artery blockage have nothing to do with the amount of cholesterol in one’s diet. The keys are to limit calories consumed, increase exercise, consume a limited and balanced amount of fats in the omega 3/6/9 categories, limit saturated fats, avoid trans fats completely, and reduce the intake of carbohydrates. Make sure that the carbs one does eat are complex, so that they take a long time to digest and release their energy in a steady stream to the body.

If one is still intent on avoiding egg cholesterol, separating the white from the yolk and eating only the whites will remove the cholesterol completely. It also removes most of the nutrients and all the flavor. Truthfully, there is no reason to avoid eating eggs to maintain a healthy heart.

Eggs and cholesterol have a relationship that cannot be separated. Eggs do contain the most cholesterol per serving of any food. Yet, the cholesterol in the egg is not the culprit that it has been made out to be when it comes to heart disease. There are good ways to change one’s diet to reduce cholesterol, but eliminating eggs isn’t one of them.