Many people are afraid of eating different
foods because of cholesterol. The fact is
that most of the cholesterol in our blood is not
there because of what we've eaten.
When we consume foods
containing cholesterol, we only absorb 2 to 4
mg. of cholesterol per kilogram of body weight
per day. So, even if we were to eat a
dozen eggs each day, we would only absorb 300 mg
which is, by the way, the recommended daily amount.
Where does most of the cholesterol come
Our livers make approximately 75% of
the cholesterol that exists in our
blood. The more cholesterol we eat,
the less the body will make. The less
cholesterol we eat, the more the body will
If Cholesterol was so bad, why would the body
make so much?
the body use cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a good
thing. It is essential and used by the body to
build cell walls and produce hormones. The body produces its
own supply of cholesterol in the liver, and it's
found naturally in all animal products (such as
meats, eggs, milk, and cheese).
is used by the body to:
and maintain cell membranes
2) It is essential for determining which
molecules can pass into the cell wall and which
cannot (called cell membrane permeability)
3) Used in
the production of the sex hormones - estrogen
4) It is
essential for the production of hormones
released by the adrenal glands - cortisol,
corticosterone, aldosterone, etc.
5) It aids
in the production of bile which is necessary for
digestion of fats.
converts sunshine to Vitamin D in the body.
7) It is
important for the metabolism of fat soluble
vitamins, including A, D, E, and K.
insulates the nerves. Cholesterol is
used by the body to make the lining of the
nerves (called the myelin sheath) which is
much like a protective coating around an
9) The brain is made
the problem with cholesterol?
High cholesterol is talked about as being a
threat to a healthy heart. When excess
amounts of cholesterol build
up along the walls of the arteries, the heart
faces the risk of a complete blockage, leading
to a heart attack or stroke.
the body eliminate this extra cholesterol?
We hear the term LDL as the bad
cholesterol. LDL stands for Low Density protein.
It is a lipoprotein.
What is a Lipoprotein?
A lipoprotein is any of a group
of soluble proteins that combine with and
transport fat or other lipids in the blood
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL)
refers to lipoprotein particles that carry
cholesterol throughout the body, delivering it
to the different organs and tissues for use by
the body's cells.
If your body has more
cholesterol than it needs, the excess keeps
circulating in your blood. This can cause a
build-up of cholesterol on the vessel lining.
This is called plaque. This is why it’s called
High-density lipoproteins (HDL)
refer to lipoproteins that carry cholesterol
from the body's tissues to the liver. They act
as cholesterol scavengers, picking up extra
cholesterol in the blood and taking it back to
the liver to be broken down.
Because HDL can remove extra cholesterol from
the blood and from deposits of lipid-containing
plaques on the innermost layer of the wall of an
artery, and transport it back to the liver for
excretion or re-utilization, they are seen as
*StudyPubMed.gov (blood lipids is a term used for all the fatty substances found in the blood, including cholesterol and triglycerides)
problem only when the body is unable to use or
eliminate excessive amounts of cholesterol in
I'm sure you have heard of or you might be
taking the prescription “statin” drugs to
lower your cholesterol? It is hard on the liver and is why your liver metabolism must be
monitored by the prescribing doctor. They
block cholesterol in the body. But as above,
you need the HDL Cholesterol to remove excess
cholesterol from the blood.
help to lower cholesterol?
A diet that is not processed and does not contain high amounts of sugar and carbohydrates
(carbohydrates are really sugar molecules hooked
together). A diet with sufficient fiber,
vegetables and fruit.
is very important and even with a high fat diet you can lower
your cholesterol just by taking a half hour walk day.
What supplements can I take?
RECOMMENDED: Clinical studies indicate that plant sterols can help reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the small intestine by up to 50%.
This can lower LDL when consumed as part of a healthy diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
What ingredients should be used and
how do they lower cholesterol?
is an essential part of the every cell
membrane. High blood levels of ‘bad’ LDL
cholesterol are known to contribute to this
process of plaque formation, while ‘good’
HDL cholesterol has been found to offer
HDL, or "good,"
cholesterol picks up excess bad cholesterol in
your blood and takes it back to your liver for
The higher your HDL
less bad cholesterol you'll have in your blood.
Phytosterols (plant sterols)– Phytosetols
is a cholesterol reducing ingredient.
Numerous clinical trials in
controlled settings have reported that the daily
consumption of 1.5 to 3 grams of phytosterols
can reduce total cholesterol levels by between 8
and 17% which is a significant reduction.
A review of 84 clinical trials
in the Journal of Nutrition, authored
by researchers from Unilever R&D and
Wageningen University, concluded that
phytosterol-enriched foods are effective for
reducing levels of LDL cholesterol.
Vitamin B3 - Niacin, a B
vitamin, has long been used to increase
high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or the
"good," cholesterol. HDL cholesterol
helps sweep up low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or
the "bad," cholesterol, in your
Niacin (nicotinic acid) is a B
vitamin. It is used as a treatment to increase
your HDL cholesterol by 15 to 35%. It is the most
effective supplement available for raising HDL.
It has been safely used for 60
years to control cholesterol, with some 42,000
scientific papers in PubMed describing its
benefits and effects.
"Unlike statin drugs, which
mainly reduce LDL cholesterol, niacin is a very
safe, effective treatment for all lipid
issues, improving levels of both good and bad
cholesterol and triglycerides." says Bradley
medical director of the Heart Health Program for
Grace Clinic in Lubbock, Texas.
Vitamin D3 Studies seem to
show that individuals with higher levels of
vitamin D have lower cholesterol are generally
healthier overall than individuals with low
levels of vitamin D.
Policosanal: Policosanol is
the generic term for a natural mixture of long
chain alcohols extracted from plant waxes.
has been shown to lower low density lipoprotein
levels (LDL) and total cholesterol levels, raise
high density lipoproteins (HDL) as well as
prevent the blood from clotting.
Healthy Cholesterol Levels - Naturally
is currently a new
product the RHP® Cholesterol Support
ingredients in this formula are as follows and
have all the recommended ingredients:
of Phytoserols (plant sterols)
25 mgs of Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
1,000 IU of Vitamin D3
20 mgs of Polycosannol 95% extract
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