High cholesterol is a sneaky bugger.
And it is the last thing we need to be worried about during the festive season.
Many people already suffer from it, but will only find it out years later – and this can lead to serious health problems.
What is Cholesterol?
When we hear cholesterol – we think of fatty foods. The truth is that fatty foods are not what causes high cholesterol. While these foods may contain cholesterol, 75% of the cholesterol in your body is actually produced by your own liver.
When cholesterol is maintained at a normal level, it plays an important role in helping your body’s cells perform their tasks. Cholesterol is, in fact, vital to your body, as it protects you against inflammation that may be caused by poor dietary choices, too much sugar, stress, and smoking.
What are the symptoms of high cholesterol?
High cholesterol itself does not cause any visible symptoms. But over time, it causes a build-up of plaque in your arteries. This plaque then causes your arteries to narrow, impeding blood flow. This is called atherosclerosis and can lead to serious problems like heart disease.
When should you get tested for Cholesterol?
Anybody over 20 years old should go for a screening at least every 4 to 6 years. The test is in the form of a simple blood test called a “fasting lipoprotein profile”.
A fasting lipoprotein profile measures the different types of cholesterol found in the bloodstream and should be performed 9 to 12 hours after eating so that the cholesterol from food does not influence the result.
The test looks at 3 main types of cholesterol namely: bad cholesterol, good cholesterol, and triglycerides.
The 4 Different Types of Cholesterol:
Not all cholesterol is the same. Some you actually need in your body. But others should be dealt with immediately.
- Bad Cholesterol:
The most commonly found cholesterol in the body is the one carried by Low-Density Lipoproteins or LDL for short. This is known as “bad cholesterol”. When LDL combines with other substances in the body, it causes the arteries to become clogged.
- Good Cholesterol –
The second biggest contributor to your total cholesterol is the High-Density Lipoproteins or HDL. We refer to these as “good cholesterol”. They can help prevent plaque build-up in the bloodstream and can actually help remove bad cholesterol from your arteries.
- Triglycerides –
Perhaps the lesser known of the 3 types of cholesterol. Triglycerides are a type of fat carried in the bloodstream, which is stored in the fat cells of the body. Triglyceride levels tend to be high in people who are overweight, do not exercise, smoke tobacco products, consume excessive amounts of alcohol, or eat a high-carb diet.
High triglyceride levels can lead to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
- Very Low-Density Lipoproteins –
VLDL deserves an honourable mention. It is a precursor of LDL. And people who have high VLDL levels are at higher risk for heart disease.
What is total cholesterol?
Total cholesterol is simply the combination of LDL, HDL, and VLDL in the body.
What about the cholesterol in food?
Despite what was believed a few years ago, high cholesterol foods do not cause high cholesterol levels. Foods like eggs, shrimp, and lobster which are high in cholesterol have minimal effect on cholesterol levels. Although high-cholesterol foods are not as bad as once thought, it is still important to maintain a balance – everything in moderation.
It is recommended that a healthy person keeps to about 300mg of cholesterol per day and that people who are at risk of high cholesterol eat no more than 200mg.
Can cholesterol be hereditary?
In short, yes it can. In certain cases, it may be that a person inherits genes that cause the body to produce more cholesterol than it should. But in most of these cases, it can also be attributed in part to poor diet or lifestyle choices.
Can the damage brought on by high cholesterol be undone?
Atherosclerosis only occurs after several years of plaque build-up in the arteries, so it might seem that it would take forever to undo. However, it has been found that it can actually be reversed – at least to some degree.
How can I treat high cholesterol?
The first step is eating healthy by cutting out refined carbohydrates and sugars. It is then followed by getting more active, by exercising for at least 30 minutes, 4 times a week.
But to really get on top of treating high cholesterol, get yourself the Manna Cholesterol Support.
What is Manna Cholesterol Support?
It is an all-natural supplement specifically designed to improve a healthy vascular system, assisting in the dissolving of LDL cholesterol in the arteries, increase HDL and helps to dissolve lipid deposits on the inside walls of the arteries.
How does it work?
Manna Cholesterol Support increases micro-capillary blood flow. It also decreases unwanted blood lipid levels and dissolves lipid deposits in arteries.
The different ingredients work in a synergistic manner to reduce unwanted blood lipid deposits in arteries.
The Manna Cholesterol Support helps to increase HDL (“good cholesterol”) and reduce LDL (“bad cholesterol”).