IMPROVING
CHOLESTEROL PROFILES
WITHOUT TAKING A PILL

INTRODUCTION

Elevated serum cholesterol is clearly associated with a high risk of
heart disease. Most doctors suggest cholesterol levels should stay
under 200 mg/dl or even below 180 mg/dl. Medical laboratories divide
total cholesterol measurement into several components: LDL (bad)
cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol and total serum cholesterol. The
LDL cholesterol is directly linked to heart disease and the HDL
cholesterol is protective.

FOOD YOU SHOULD AVOID- THEY MAY ELEVATE YOUR SERUM
CHOLESTEROL, LDL CHOLESTEROL AND/OR REDUCE YOUR HDL
CHOLESTEROL

Beef, pork, veal, poultry, cheese, butter, egg, ice cream and all other
forms of dairy products not labeled "fat free" contain large amount of
saturated fat [1-3]. Palm and coconut oils contain small amounts of
saturated fat. Overall, they have been reported to elevate cholesterol
[4-14]. In addition, drinking boiled or French press coffee and stress
increases cholesterol levels [15, 16]. Eating sugar may reduce
protective HDL cholesterol [17-18].

People with high cholesterol are commonly advised to reduce their
consumption of dietary cholesterol and saturated fats. However, some
people who significantly reduce intake of animal fats for months but do
not see a reduction in cholesterol levels [19]. Cholesterol-lowering
medications, such as bile acid sequestrants, HMG-CoA reductase
inhibitors are often prescribed.

FOOD YOU SHOULD ADD INTO YOUR DIET-THEY MAY LOWER
YOUR SERUM CHOLESTEROL, LDL CHOLESTEROL AND/OR
IMPROVE YOUR HDL CHOLESTEROL

They include yogurt, acidophilus milk, kefir, fiber-beans, oats, psyllium
seed, glucomannan and fruit pectin, flaxseed, soy products,
olive oil,
garlic, fish, alcohol (moderate consumption) and nuts such as almonds
and
walnuts [20-57, 59, 60]. Exercise including walking and weight
loss can also improve your cholesterol profiles [58, 61-64].

                                                  
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