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Cholesterol – Is it the villain that we are led to believe?

Our main source of cholesterol is from animal products but we also manufacture this material

HDL (high density lipids) are regarded as good, and LDL (low density lipids) are generally regarded as bad. Correct balance between these two forms is essential to the heart and many other bodily functions

Cholesterol may one day be exonerated as being regarded the main ‘villain’ in cardiovascular disease; many experts believe that the current focus on cholesterol is mis-placed

It is interesting to note that approximately 30% of the body's Cholesterol content is derived from dietary sources. In practice 50% of dietary Cholesterol is absorbed by the body - the remainder passes through the body unused and is excreted via the bile

Unnecessarily lowering cholesterol below optimum levels is considered harmful. Optimum cholesterol levels actually help us counteract excessive stress

Optimum cholesterol levels are also helpful to the skin

Optimal cholesterol is also associated with a reduction in the incidence of depression

Nutrients that help regulate Cholesterol:

Our Vitamin B Complex contains B vitamins that transport surplus cholesterol out of the body

Vitamin E elevates the function of good cholesterol (HDL) and helps prevent the harmful oxidation process of the less desirable (LDL) cholesterol

Magnesium helps to reduce cholesterol. Elevated cholesterol can occur as a result of magnesium deficiency

Essential Fatty Acid Complex contains unsaturated fatty acids essential to good health. Specific EFA’s help transport excess cholesterol out of the body

GTF Chromium has been shown to reduce the total cholesterol load, increase good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad LDL cholesterol

Red yeast rice contains plant sterols to help maintain cholesterol levels

Positive Foods:

Cereal grains oats, barley, barley grass, red yeast rice, whole brown rice, wheat grass

Vegetables celery, garlic, onions, sweet potatoes, green leaf cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, carrots, turnips, beetroot, globe artichoke, green peas

Fruits apples including pips, ripe bananas, pears, carob, avocado, cumquats, ripe pineapple (inc. central stalk), watermelon, bilberries

Teas, Herbs & Spices ginger tea, green tea, black teas, rosemary tea, Siberian ginseng tea, valerian tea, turmeric, chilli, basil, dill

Nuts & Seeds hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds (max. 12 per day), flax seed, fenugreek seeds, psyllium husks, celery seeds, sunflower seeds

Fungi Shiitake, Reishi, Oyster and Maitake mushrooms

Fish/ sea-food cod, tuna, wild salmon, oysters, crabs, clams

Dairy Live organic yoghurt

Fats Olive oil

Negative Foods

Refined carbohydrates, low-fat products, hydrogenated & trans fats, rape-seed oil, margarine, battery eggs, white sugar (sucrose), excess garlic, artificial sweeteners, sulphates (preservative), tartrazine

Possible irritants include high intake of dietary fats, alcohol, caffeine drinks, coffee, chocolate, and salty foods

Reduce intake of proteins from red meat

Avoid: Dairy products, salami & pickled foods, mackerel, salmon, caviar, lobster, crab and shrimp, refined pasta, citrus fruits (except lemons), and especially orange & grapefruit, liquorice (root), Brazil nuts, peanuts