Failure to control cholesterol levels kills millions world wide. In America alone more then half a million die each year from complications caused by elevated LDL, (or bad cholesterol). Despite this truth, or maybe because of it, most of us do not correctly understand cholesterol and many think of it as something sinister that clogs our arteries leaving us vulnerable to heart attack and stroke.
The truth is that the liver produces an equivalent amount of cholesterol as a dozen eggs with yolk every day. In fact if you didn`t have cholesterol in your body you would die. It serves to aid the body in a variety of functions including hormone production.
Cholesterol itself is not the problem. When too much of it is in the bloodstream at one time, some of it oxidizes which turns it into LDL. HDL,(the good cholesterol), usually attaches itself to the LDL and transports it to the liver for disposal. But when too much of the bad cholesterol is there, the good HDL can`t keep up. The immune systems sends protective cells to absorb the cholesterol, but in the process often damages arterial walls.
Once the immune cells become enlarged from eating the LDL they often stick to the damaged area`s of the wall and there harden into plaque. Over time, if this process continues, enough plaque will build up to greatly restrict and even stop blood flow. If this happens to arteries transporting blood and oxygen to the heart, we have a heart attack. If it happens to arteries carrying blood and oxygen to the brain, we have a stroke.
Since High Cholesterol can lead to serious physical problems you should definitely talk with your doctor about this condition and regularly have levels tested. But we suggest not stopping there. Recently my mother, was diagnosed with high cholesterol and high blood pressure. She has always been healthy and into healthy cooking, but being in her seventies she has recently elected to eat some of the convenience foods rather then cooking herself.
When she received this diagnoses the allopathic doctor told her she would be on pharmaceutical medication for the rest of her life for these conditions. We were greatly concerned because my husbands mother had died at age 64 after a seven year battle brought on by a stroke.
In Japan we have access to both allopathic, (western
medicine) and Kanpo Yaku, (natural medicine).
Unlike in many western countries, natural medicine is still seen as an
effective method of treatment. My mother promptly went to her doctor
that practiced natural medicine and informed him of her situation.
It is important to note that we kept both doctors well informed of the other`s recommendations so that they could work together rather then against each other. Dr. Mori then put her on some natural herbs and suggested she go back to eating her own cooking. My mother already was getting regular exercise as she still often walks many times each week.
In a matter of months the allopathic doctor tested her and said her cholesterol and blood pressure were at normal levels and she no longer needed the pharmaceutical medicines. Even he was amazed at this. He did suggest that she be regularly tested to insure levels remain healthy, but we were all delighted with the outcome.
The foods that should be added are fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil, cold sea water fish, sea vegetation, and a variety of soy foods.
products have long been a staple in Japanese diet. In America soybeans,
(known as edamame in Japan), is often feed to chickens, but is not
often eaten as part of the regular American diet. That`s too bad since
tofu, miso, and soy milk all have cholesterol lower components.
Olive oil has been found to lower LDL while leaving HDL alone. Start
taking 2 teaspoons of this oil a day. Fish such as sardines, mackerel,
tuna and others are high in Omega 3 oils which help lower cholesterol.
Claims also have a component that stops you from absorbing cholesterol.
To lower High Cholesterol as well as several other health giving benefits start eating more fiber. The average American eats only 8 - 12 grams of the recommended 25 grams of fiber. We personally believe that 40 grams daily is better and recommend a minimum of 30 grams. Grapefruits, apples and carrots are high in pectin which will bond with cholesterol and remove it from the body.
We learned first hand with my husband that making sudden changes to
your daily diet is not sustainable. But with small gradual changes your
taste do change and you will learn to enjoy the more healthy choices.
My husband was as finicky an eater as anyone and more then most.
When we first began he didn`t even want to try some things.... but little by little he learned if he would eat something several times his taste really could change. My husband has recently told me that he feels he has been freed from the slavery of fast food and junk food. He now looks forward with great pleasure to trying more and more new and healthy foods.
Celery has lots of fiber which is useful in fighting high cholesterol along with having on component that some studies have shown in animals to be useful in helping the body remove bad cholesterol from the body. Additional herbs that have useful effects on lowering high cholesterol are red pepper, turmeric, psyllium and fenugreek.
Ginger tea is also a great herbal tea for this
condition as it is a triple threat. Studies show that ginger lowers
both high cholesterol and blood pressure and helps prevent blood clots
which cause most heart attacks and strokes. This herbal tea has many
other useful actions for a healthy lifestyle and is highly recommended.
A special note: herbal tea`s are not technically tea`s where as green tea is..... tea. However we have used them both under the heading of Herbal tea`s for convenience sake.
30 milligrams of zinc along with 2 milligrams of copper are useful for good cholesterol levels.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Make the home remedies on this site your first step to achieving a complete, balanced state of health and well-being.