High Cholesterol

Niacin: The Super Cholesterol-Lowering Nutrient

If you are fighting high cholesterol, I recommend bringing the nutrient niacin to the fight. Also known as Vitamin B3, niacin can both lower “bad” LDL cholesterol and lift “good” HDL cholesterol. It can also deliver a blow to LDL cholesterol’s buddies triglycerides, lipoprotein(a) and fibrinogen…

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Two Ways to Start Lowering Triglycerides

…syrup and high-carbohydrate, high-glycemic meals, especially, lead to the formation of triglycerides in the liver. * Eliminate fat. Specifically, cut vegetable fat and highly processed trans fatty acids. Avoid margarine, cooking oils, and fried foods. These kinds of fats oxidize with cholesterol and collect…

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Flaxseed: The Perfect Food

high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, and atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries). In one study, participants with chronic high cholesterol were given three slices of bread containing flaxseed, along with 15 grams of ground flaxseed a day. In just three months, their cholesterol

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Eggs Are Heart Healthy

…to avoid eggs, especially the high-cholesterol yolks. The egg scare started in the 1950s and 1960s, during a promotional campaign condemning cholesterol. Patients and doctors alike still hold fast to the idea that eggs are unhealthy because of their high cholesterol content, even though hundreds of…

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Increase Omega-3 for Heart Health

…would be to increase your consumption of omega-3 fatty acids. Consuming certain fish oils, particularly EPA, can help lower the risk of developing high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and clogging in the arteries. Unfortunately, most people still haven’t changed their diets to include fish two…

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Should You Eat Like a Caveman?

…sauerkraut. But it is a good starting point. Research and clinical work shows that a lot of the food intolerance problems, gastrointestinal symptoms, high triglyceride and blood abnormalities, gluten sensitivity, food and pollen allergies, gut permeability issues, autoimmune and systemic inflammatory diseases…

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The Skinny on Healthy Cooking Oils

…your salads while others are better for cooking at high temperatures. As a general rule, here are the types of oils best suited for different uses: * For salad dressing, choose olive or flaxseed oil. Studies show that olive oil helps reduce cholesterol, so you’ll be supporting your heart health by adding…

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The Whey to Good Health

…platelets and the risk of thrombosis, which can trigger both heart attack and stroke. The consumption of whey protein also helps reduce high levels of LDL cholesterol, increase the beneficial HDL form, and reduce triglycerides. * Osteoporosis: In addition to minerals necessary for bone growth, whey contains…

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Dried Apples Lower Cholesterol

…be high in sugar, here's a good reason to eat it anyway! Dried apples, in particular, can actually have a very positive effect on overall cholesterol levels. In one study, 80 women consumed 75 grams (2.64 ounces) of dried apples daily for a year. At the end of that period, their total cholesterol was…

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Could Statin Use Put Your Eyes at Risk?

Need another reason to avoid cholesterol-lowering statins like the plague? Now, statins have been linked to cataracts. Researchers at the University of Waterloo studied almost 6,400 patients seen at their optometry clinic from 2007–2008. Fifty-six percent of patients with type 2 diabetes were taking…

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Health Benefits of Fiber for Weight Loss

In the 1980s, the big "discovery" was the importance of fiber in the diet. There were dozens of reports explaining how high-fiber diets could prevent heart disease, ease common digestive problems, and help dozens of other health problems. I'd like to add another key health benefit of fiber: weight loss…

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Why Health Nuts Eat Nuts

…because of their high fat content. Study after study, however, has shown that adding nuts to one's diet can dramatically lower the levels of harmful cholesterol, while increasing the beneficial form of cholesterol. When certain nuts are added to a healthy diet plan and other cholesterol-lowering foods…

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Three Little Known Benefits of Whey Protein Powder

…the risk of thrombosis, which can trigger both heart attack and stroke. The consumption of whey protein also helps reduce high levels of LDL cholesterol, increase HDL cholesterol, and reduce triglycerides. Reap the Benefits of Whey Protein Choosing the right whey protein powder can be a daunting task…

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Vision Saving Foods

…spinach. It’s really unfortunate that eggs are often considered a high cholesterol food. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the medical profession still hasn’t fully accepted the fact that eggs don’t raise cholesterol levels and are, in fact, very good for you. I wonder how many eye problems…

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Go Nuts for Nuts

Many people assume that since nuts are high in fat, they must be unhealthy or they make you fat. Both of these assumptions are wrong. Research has shown over and over again that by simply eating nuts you can improve your blood-lipid profiles (cholesterol and triglyceride levels), significantly reduce…

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Fight the Flu with Vitamin D

…sunlight. When sunlight hits our skin, cholesterol is converted into vitamin D. Unfortunately, that’s not happening as much as it should anymore. Over the last several decades the public has been led to believe that both exposure to sunlight and high levels of cholesterol are harmful. We’ve been told to…

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Will the Egg Controversy Ever End?

…medical history and current condition, they might have any one of a long list of contributing problems. Examples could be the inability to process cholesterol correctly (which could range from genetic reasons to poor gallbladder function or some other digestive disease); a deficiency of vitamin E, folic…

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Go Crazy for Coconuts

…coconuts and coconut oil are high in fat. But research has shown that saturated fats in tropical oils such as coconut do not cause heart problems and may actually be beneficial to your heart. Coconut oil reduces LDL cholesterol, raises HDL (the beneficial form of cholesterol), and reduces the stickiness…

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Health Benefits of Fiber for Diabetes

…of soluble fiber). After only six weeks, those taking the extra fiber had lower blood glucose levels after meals and throughout the day. Total cholesterol levels dropped an average of 6.7 percent and triglycerides dropped 10.2 percent. Adding additional fiber to the diet is not difficult. In the above…

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Chia Seed Berry Pudding

…plant-based sources of these fatty acids. The omega-3s in chia seeds can help reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance and reduce high cholesterol. Chia seeds are also rich in fiber, in this recipe of 2 tablespoons you will get 1/3 of your daily recommended intake. Chia seeds are also rich…

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Top Ingredients for Weight Loss That Work

…significant reduction in total cholesterol. GreenSelect® Phytosome Green Tea Extract is a standardized, decaffeinated green tea extract (60 percent catechins, 40 percent EGCG) complexed with phosphatidylcholine, a soy phospholipid. In this complex, the green tea extract is highly stable and safe. GreenSelect®…

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Is Niacin Safe? A Closer Look at New Research

…using extended-release or time-release forms of niacin. In fact, I have specifically recommended against their use. The Wrong Kind of Niacin It’s highly possible that many of the side effects and problems referred to in this study are a direct result of using this extended-release form of niacin. Frankly…

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