Elevated cholesterol levels indicate there is something wrong with the metabolism of the body. If the underlying disease remains unchecked, just lowering cholesterol by interfering with its synthesis, as is done by some drugs , is not enough.
In nature, cholesterol does not exist in a pure form but is a component of tissues of the body. It composes a major proportion of the dry weight of the brain and is used by the body to make bile salts, hormones, and vitamin D. About 1.5 grams of cholesterol are made each day by the average person. No one eats pure cholesterol, but we do eat foods containing cholesterol, such as dairy products, eggs and meats. Nonetheless, food provides only a small proportion of our daily cholesterol requirement; the rest is made in the body. If more is consumed, less is made, and vise versa. An excessive intake of sugar and carbs or the wrong fat can increase cholesterol levels.
In general it is considered that the normal cholesterol range is 150 to 200 milligrams per 100 milliliters and that a desirable optimum is around 180 milligrams. Many years ago , Dr. Hoffer studied the effects of niacin on the cholesterol levels of a large number of patients. He found that the amount of change depended upon the original levels, In other words, the more abnormal the problem was, the greater was the corrective response. If cholesterol levels were less than 165 milligrams, they soon rose to that level. Cholesterol levels over 165 were decreased, with the highest levels showing the greatest decreases. Dr. Hoffer concluded that it was more accurate to consider niacin a normalizer of cholesterol levels rather than a cholesterol reducing agent
The cholesterol fighting property of niacin is recognized by the FDA. Niacin was the first substance ever shown to lower cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels, but because it is a nutrient , not a drug, it has not been widely promoted.
Glycation happens when proteins and fats binds to glucose and other sugars in the body to form nonfunctioning structures. When your body is exposed to too much sugar or carbohydrates that convert to sugar when you eat them, excess glycation is triggered. The result is called cross-linkage. this impairs the cell's functions and causes damage to it. Diabetics suffer accelerated glycation. We all suffer from deadly glycation reactions, only at a slower rate.
The major undesired cross-linked molecule is low density lipoprotein ( LDL ). These molecules oxidize or turn rancid and clump to the insides of arteries and other critical places. These oxidized LDL molecules are now useless and can be deadly if they are allowed to build up. It's the small particles that are deadly. You can test for large or small particles by taking the Cardiac Blood Test Panel.
The most damage happens when this cross-linkage creates gobs of gunk called advanced glycation end products ( AGEs) that build up ( like plaque in the arteries ) accelerating aging and eventually causing death. AGEs cause the blood vessels to narrow, contributing to high blood pressure, vascular disease, and heart attacks. AGEs are also linked to insulin resistance, poor blood sugar control, and the accumulation of damaging amyloid substances in the brain and in the plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Plus AGEs are implicated in rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disorders like colitis, and inflammatory skin conditions like eczema.
If you cut back on sugars; limit carbohydrates; avoid processed foods, prepackaged foods and fast foods; avoid microwaving food; and avoid darkly browning your food by high temoperatures or over cooking , you can reduce your number of AGEs considerably. Add Omega 3 fish oil or Omega 3 from algae and vitamins D and K because these assist with good cholesterol levels.
Our bodies make cholesterol for many important reasons; our brains need it for neural replication, testosterone is made from it. Now there is a statin connection to diabetes due to testosterone depletion from statin use.
Hypertension is a condition that isn't due to just cholesterol, inflammation and sluggish blood. It is also a condition of mineral imbalances such as sodium and potassium imbalances due to high sodium diets that are prevalent in this society. Every time a person eats out they consume a large dose of sodium and this can accumulate in their system and raise their blood pressure and make them feel very sluggish. Hyper tension and high blood pressure is also dependent on kidney health, liver health and gall bladder health especially and not to mention extreme issues with the gut. In preventative medicine all of these things should be monitored and addressed if any one of these issues come up. Acupuncture, vitamin supplements and Chinese Medicinal herbs can play a major role in turning around dysfunction and disease in any one of these areas.
All Chinese herbs are categorized according to the degree of therapeutic influence they have on the balance of yin and yang in the human energy system. Simply speaking, extremely yang herbs are labelled hot, moderately yang herbs are warm and extremely yin herbs are cold and moderate ones are cool. Herbs that are neutral are equally balanced yin and yang energies. So warming yang herbs may be used for circulation. Yet hypertension is a very common condition of yang excess caused by chronic stress. A classic Chinese formula given for hypertension will have seven to ten different ingredients in it chosen to improve heart and liver functions. Others dispel moisture and remove internal heat in the heart. While others nourish the chi and some act as a sedative influence. Some others are used for treating hypertension in patients of weak conformation who have kidney disorders and experience flushing up , where, heat and tension rise up from the heart, kidneys or liver.
Garlic has been found to be vital for heart health,. One form I recommend is Kyolic liquid garlic from Japan. They have done studies at UCLA proving it reverses arterial blockages in the coronary vessels. A high quality garlic is a major component for detoxing and heart protection.
Cayenne pepper has a long and well known herbal history and is famous for it's healthy influence on the whole circulatory system and the heart. Red peppers and cayenne pepper contain adenine, which is described on the Heart Health page and should be consumed daily for a healthy heart and circulatory system.
A simple form of vitamin C is ascorbic acid and it is common in citrus fruits. Ascorbic acid prevents and reverses the effects of atherosclerosis, possibly by strengthening the collagen in the arterial walls. It has been shown that ascorbic acid maintains the integrity of collagen. Collagen is a major constituent on skin,, bones and many other organs and it is found in arterial walls.
The average person will require one to three grams of vitamin C per day to remain healthy and will require more when ill. Elderly people require triple this dose. It is recommended the dosage that just falls short of producing diarrhea. To find that dosage, increase the milligram intake until some diarrhea develops. then reduce the dose a little.
Beneficial turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and along with vitamin K2, which lowers the levels of calcium in the arteries a person can have strong bones and strong, soft , flexible arteries.
Instead of taking Coumadin, there are safer enzymes which helps the body break down and digest blood clots safely. This beneficial enzyme called nattokinase, is derived from fermented soy that the Japanese call Natto. Natto, because it is a fermented form of soy is a healthy form of soy as compared to soy milk and is also known for building strong bones and for preventing osteoporosis.
CHOLESTEROL LEVELS NORMALLY INCREASE IN WOMEN FOR SOME TEN TO FIFTEEN YEARS FOLLOWING THE CESSATION OF PERIODS. Dangerous changes in cholesterol count or blood pressure do not annnounce themselves with obvious symptoms, not until there is a medical catastrophe. If your HDL level is low and your LDL level is relatively higher --- even if you are walking around with a total cholesterol count of two hundred ---you are going to be in trouble according to current medical wisdom. Bio Identical Estrogen decreases the bad LDL cholesterol and raises the goood HDL cholesterol each by about 15 percent.