We are born with cholesterol. We can’t live without it.
Anything in excess is poison, same goes with the cholesterol that is naturally produced in your body.
The liver produces as much of cholesterol required the body to function well. It produces and packages with fat in VLDL(very low density lipoproteins).
These VLDLs are transported to various part of the body and on the way they become LDL. Furthermore, the liver also produces HDL which collects the residue of unused cholesterol back to the liver.
When the liver produces more cholesterol than your body needs, that’s where the problem takes control.
An average adult produces 1g(1000 mg) of cholesterol and 35g of total body content.
This is the amount produced by the human body, naturally. However, the current lifestyle has ruined this balance and the levels has gone up to 200–300 mg.
Like fat, even cholesterol isn’t soluble in water. Instead it is transported through the body as different kind of lipoproteins, which carry the cholesterol, fat-soluble vitamins & fats into the bloodstream.
This deposits excess of cholestrol in the blood streams which in turn results in clogged arteries. These clogged arteries results in stroked, heart attacks and kidney failures.
Cholesterol, that is responsible to produce/build more cells, make the walls of the cells flexible and build the hormones required for the body to function well. Excess of it will result in increased levels of LDL.
When the level of cholesterol increases because of poor lifestyles, the balance of the human body is disturbed, causing the liver to produce more cholesterol than required.
To understand the importance of cholesterol in your body, you need to know the sources. There are two sources of cholesterol in your body.
One is your liver. Your liver produces cholesterol in order to build cells. The amount of cholesterol produced by the liver is just enough to produce apt number of cells your body needs.
So, this becomes dynamic. Depending on your body needs, the amount would vary. This means that it’s least likely that the there would be any residue of cholesterol in this case.
Another source that causes the real problem is the dietary products coming from the animals. For eg, meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products, all these products, in any form is a very rich source of cholesterol. This is called dietary cholesterol.
This causes the liver to produce more cholesterol than needed, and that extra repository of cholesterol causes all the problems.
so basically, if you’re concerned with the amount of cholesterol inside your body right, consider visiting a doctor right away.
now that you’re aware of the importance of the cholesterol (only in the required amount) it’s time for you to know
How to avoid cholesterol?
There are two types of cholesterol, LDL(Low density lipoproteins) & HDL(High density lipoproteins)
LDL is bad for health. LDL deposits cholesterol in blood vessel walls. On the other hand, HDL helps take the cholesterol deposit away from the blood vessel walls, reducing the chances of the deadly disease.
Now that you know this, here are 03 natural ways to increase the amount of HDL in your bloodstream.
#03 Consume monosaturated fats
In a couple of studies it has been found that avoiding high-fat food surely reduces the LDL levels, but it also reduces the super important HDL. This isn’t a good deal for those who’re health conscious.
Another study has found that monosaturated diet increases the HDL by 12% compared to low saturated diet.
Here are great sources that are rich in monosaturated fats.
- Olives & olive oil
- Canola oil
- Walnuts, cashewnuts & Hazelnuts & Almonds
#02 Poly-unsaturated fats such as Omega-3s
A study on 115 adults found that poly-unsaturated fats reduces LDL by 10%. Furthermore, a study conducted on 4220 adults replaced carbohydrates with polysaturated fats in their diets. The result was astonishing, their blood sugar levels decreased, hence reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Omega-3 fats are found in abundance in seafood like salmon, mackerel, tunas like bluefin or albacore, with salmon being the most famous of all these.
If you’re a vegetarian, you can find Omega-3 in seeds and tree nuts except peanuts.
#01 Avoid Trans Fats
trans fats are something that are modified by a process called hydrogenation. Hydrogeneted trans fats are bad for health, it increases LDL & total cholesterol. It also decreases the HDL by 20%.
You should see the ingredients before you purchase Oils. That will help you avoid the trans fats.
Cholesterol has important function that keeps your body up & running. But excessive of it results in deposit of cholesterol in the arteries hence clogging it to provoke an heart attack/strokes, kidney failures & more.
Therefore, it is advisable to have a healthy living, control your eating habits and keep any eye on everything you eat. Try to rely more on organic food, it would be expensive at that moment but it will save you a lot of money an your medical expenses will remain little to none.