Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in your body tissue. Your body needs it to produce hormones, vitamin D and substances required for the organism to function properly but if your cholesterol levels get too high, you are at risk of serious health issues. A dangerous increase of LDL (low-density lipoprotein or bad cholesterol) can create something called plaques which stick to the walls of the blood vessels causing diseases in the coronary arteries, either narrowing them or blocking them.
This is extremely serious because if your arteries have large amounts of plaque in them, some may break or form a blood clot that can partially or completely block the arteries, resulting in a heart attack. Age, race and weight are factors that influence cholesterol levels and bear in mind that there are no signs or symptoms that indicate we’ve got high cholesterol; only a blood test can do that.
The liver is the organ in charge of producing and regulating cholesterol levels in the body but you can also increase it through the foods that make up your daily diet. LDL (or bad protein as mentioned above) can be found in foods such as full-fat cheese, processed meats and ultra-processed foods like potato chips, fried foods and sugary treats. Low-density lipoprotein is more likely to cause clogging of the arteries because it carries the cholesterol away from the liver into the bloodstream, where it can stick to the blood vessels.
HDL (high-density lipoprotein or good cholesterol), on the other hand, carries the cholesterol back to the liver where it is properly broken down. It works like a vacuum cleaner sucking in and removing extra cholesterol and plaque buildup in your arteries. It then sends it to your liver where it is expelled from your body. Ingesting foods with good cholesterol will help reduce your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
Here are some other ways to lower your cholesterol levels:
Add Nopalina to your diet
Nopalina thanks to its unique formula made of a combination of flaxseed, oat bran and fruit extract, provides your body with plenty of soluble fiber that is ever so important to decrease bad cholesterol levels. Nopalina can also improve blood circulation and prevent constipation due to the presence of Omega-3 acids in the flax seed.
Nopalina can be found in both pill and powder presentation. Choose the one that best fits your lifestyle.
Eat the right fat
Saturated fats are highly responsible for increasing cholesterol, causing strokes or heart attacks. Avoid eating anything fried or greasy and switch to the good fats found in foods such as avocado, olives and olive oil, salmon and nuts.
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The consumption of blue fish, three or four times a week, is another way to reduce cholesterol. Fish such as salmon, tuna, herring, sardines and mackerel, are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids (Omega 3), responsible for lowering bad cholesterol and improving your health.
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You don’t need to join a gym to add some physical activity to your daily routine. Try setting aside 30 minutes of your day and go for a brisk walk. It’s as simple as putting on adequate shoes and going for a walk. This simple action will oxygenate your blood allow your brain to receive the doses of nutrients and endorphins that it needs to function properly. It also to gets your heart pumping which is always a good thing. Physical activity or exercising confer elasticity to your arteries which is vital for reducing bad cholesterol levels.
Drink lemon juice
Lemons are rich in a compound called flavonoid, as well as vitamin C. Both will provide loads of benefits to your health. Drinking a daily glass of lemon juice will allow you to reduce the production of apolipoprotein B, an element linked to the liver which is responsible for the excessive production of cholesterol.
A vast number of herbs and spices are packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory elements which are great for your heart. Garlic, onion, ginger, and turmeric are all heart-friendly herbs and spices whose effect on the organism have proved to be quite positive. Fenugreek seeds (a fiber-rich seed that can be found in Indian curries and Egyptian bread) can also help lower blood sugar as well as bad cholesterol levels.
Instead of using salt or other processed products sold in the market to season your foods, go for natural spices such as turmeric, parsley, cinnamon, thyme, rosemary, cilantro and ginger. You’ll find your cholesterol levels will begin to regain its healthy value.