High Cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol And Heart Health

 

Do you have high cholesterol? How does LDL cholesterol & HDL cholesterol affect heart health?  We’re here to show you what you’ll want to know & how you can get help!

Fact: One in three adults in the U.S. has high cholesterol, which can affect anyone at any age, and can negatively impact heart health and cardiovascular function over time. People with high cholesterol have a higher risk of developing heart disease compared to those with optimal levels. Among the culprits are genetics and diet. Some people are predisposed to high cholesterol and produce more of it in the liver, while others get too much from the foods they eat—foods such as bacon, hot dogs, and sausages that also contain high amounts saturated fat. These foods may sit well on your palate, but without proper measures to control intake and reduce body cholesterol levels, they can lead to some major health challenges.

 

HDL Versus LDL: What’s the Difference?

 

Not all cholesterol is bad. The good kind—HDL cholesterol, short for high-density

lipoproteins—offers some great health benefits. It’s the LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein ones, that we really need to watch out for.  In general, cholesterol—a type of fat—plays a role in maintaining cell membrane structure and hormone production.

However, excess LDL cholesterol can build up in the arteries, leading to an increased risk of heart disease.

 

• A 10% reduction of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol equates to a

10%–20% decrease in heart disease risk.

 

• If you eat foods such as pizza, hamburgers, and steak on a

regular basis, you may be increasing your chances for

developing high cholesterol.

 

• The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends consuming

no more than 300 mg of cholesterol a day; those with heart

disease should consume less than 200 mg of cholesterol.

 

According to the AHA, eating one egg for breakfast, drinking

two cups of coffee with 1 tablespoon of half-and-half each,

lunching on 4 ounces of lean skinless turkey breast with one

tablespoon of mayonnaise, and eating a 6-ounce serving of

broiled short loin porterhouse steak for dinner yields 510 mg of

dietary cholesterol. That’s nearly twice the recommended daily

amount!

 

• Men tend to have higher cholesterol than women. However,

after menopause, cholesterol levels in women increase due to

a decline in estrogen production

 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends a plant sterol and stanol intake of 2,000 mg per day as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol that includes plenty of soluble fiber, exercise, and weight loss. Plant sterol and stanol consumption has been shown to result in significant reductions in LDL cholesterol. No studies have examined the impact of plant sterols and stanols directly on heart disease incidence, but a reduction in LDL cholesterol has been shown to reduce the incidence of coronary heart disease.

 

Plant sterols and stanols, also called phytosterols and phytostanols, are found in the cell membranes of plants. Plant sterols are present in small quantities in a variety of plants, fruits, vegetables, and grains; plant stanols occur naturally in even smaller quantities in some of these same sources.  It is estimated that we consume about 200–400 mg of plant sterols per day, and about 50 mg of plant stanols.

 

How do plant sterols and stanols work?  Because their structure is similar to that of cholesterol, plant sterols and stanols compete for absorption in the intestines, which can effectively decrease the absorption of cholesterol in the body.

 

The Universal Key recommends Shaklee Cholesterol Reduction Complex. Cholesterol Reduction Complex contains plant sterols and stanols, which have more than 80 clinical studies supporting safety and efficacy for helping to prevent cholesterol absorption and lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.  In addition to eating less saturated fat and cholesterol, exercising, losing weight, and eating more soluble fiber, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends 2,000 mg of plant sterols and stanols daily to reduce LDL cholesterol. Two tablets of Cholesterol Reduction Complex, taken twice daily for a total of four tablets, supply 2,000 mg of plant sterols and stanols. To get that same amount of sterols and stanols, consider what you would have to eat every day:  6.5 cups of soybeans, 59 oranges or 47.5 cucumbers!!

Cholesterol Reduction Complex lowers cholesterol naturally with no artificial flavors sweeteners, colors, or preservatives added.  It is also Gluten free and comes in recyclable packaging using soy-based ink no bisphenol-A.

 

So follow these tips and take action today.

 

1. Decrease your intake of saturated fat to less than 7% of total calories

 

2. Decrease your dietary cholesterol intake to less than 200 mg per day

 

3. Lose 10 pounds if overweight

 

4. Add 5–10 g of soluble fiber to your diet each day

 

5. Add 2,000 mg of plant sterols and stanols to your diet each day with

    Shaklee Cholesterol Reduction Complex

 

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