High Cholesterol treatment is aim at bringing down LDL (bad) cholesterol in your blood. Cholesterol is a waxy substance your body uses to protect nerves, make cell tissues and produce certain hormones. Cholesterol is an oil-based substance that does not mix with blood that is water based. Cholesterol moves around the body in lipoproteins.
Also, your liver produces all the cholesterol your body needs. Your body get cholesterol directly from the food you eat such as meats, eggs, and diary products. Eating fresh foods and avoiding animal fats and processed items can help people to regulate their body cholesterol levels. At normal levels, cholesterol is an important substance for the body but if the concentrations in the blood becomes too high, CHOLESTEROL BECOMES A SILENT DANGER WHICH PUT PEOPLE AT RISK OF HEART ATTACK.
This article focuses on types cholesterol, symptoms of high cholesterol, causes, risk factors, complications, diets and high cholesterol treatment.
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This write up will enable YOU to know:
- The meaning of cholesterol.
- Types of cholesterol.
- Functions of cholesterol.
- Causes of high cholesterol.
- Symptoms of high cholesterol.
- Factors that increases your chances of high cholesterol.
- Diets that can help you to maintain healthy cholesterol, diet or what you must avoid and
- High cholesterol treatment.
Types of Cholesterol
There are different kinds of cholesterol. They include:
(a) Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) : LDL or “bad” cholesterol, transports cholesterol particles throughout your body. LDL cholesterol builds up in the walls of arteries, making them hard and narrow.
(b) High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) : HDL or good cholesterol, moves up excess cholesterol and takes it back to your liver.
(c) Triglycerides : is another type of fat in your blood. When you consume or eat more calories more than your body can use, it turns the extra calories into triglycerides.
However, changing your lifestyle (that is, diet and exercise) can improve your cholesterol levels, reduce your LDL and Triglycerides and raise HDL levels.
Functions of Cholesterol
Cholesterol perform four primary functions without which we could not survive. They are:
- Contributing to the structure of cell walls.
- Allowing the body to produce vitamin D.
- Making up digestive bile acids in the intestine and
- Enabling the body to produce certain hormones.
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Causes of High Cholesterol
Your liver produces cholesterol but you also obtain cholesterol from food. Eating many foods high in fat content increases your likelihood of high cholesterol levels. Being overweight (obese) and in active will also result in high cholesterol. If you’re overweight you are likely to have a higher triglycerides. If you never exercise and not active in general, it can lower your HDL (good cholesterol) .
Also, smoking promote high cholesterol by lowering your HDL (good cholesterol). Genetic factors can contribute to high cholesterol (high cholesterol is also known as hypercholesterolemia) . People with inherited condition familial hypercholesterolemia have high LDL levels.
Other conditions that can result in high cholesterol levels are:
- Liver or kidney disease.
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
- Pregnancy and other conditions that increases female hormones.
- Underactive thyroid gland.
- Drugs such as anabolic steroids, corticosteroids and progestins that increases LDL cholesterol and reduces HDL cholesterol.
High Cholesterol Symptoms
Often there are no symptoms that specifically relate to high cholesterol and most people don’t know it. If you have high cholesterol your body may store the extra cholesterol in your arteries. Your arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to other parts of the body. Build up of cholesterol in your arteries is known as plaque.
Overtime, plaque can become hard and make your arteries narrow. Large deposit of plaque can completely block an artery. Cholesterol plaques can also split often leading to formation of a blood clot that blocks the flow. If an artery that supplies blood to the muscle in your heart becomes blocked, you could have a heart attack. If an artery that supplies blood to your brain becomes blocked you could a stroke. Severalpeople don’t discover they have high cholesterol until they suffer one of these life-threatening events.
What Are High Cholesterol Risk Factors?
Factors that can increase your risk of high cholesterol include:
(a) Poor diet.
(b) High blood pressure
(c) Older age.
(d) Have an immediate family (parent or sibling) who has had heart disease.
(e) being overweight or obese
(f) Inactivity (lack of exercise).
(g) Smoking and
Are There Complications?
If high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) is not treated or properly treated it may result in dangerous accumulation of cholesterol and other deposits on the wall of your arteries (atherosclerosis). These deposits (plaques) can reduce flow of blood through your arteries that can cause complications such as:
- Chest pain (angina).
- Heart attack and
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Diets – High Cholesterol Treatment
Your body needs some cholesterol to Perform optimally but too much of it in your blood can stick to your arteries which narrows or block them putting your at risk of coronary artery disease or other heart diseases.
Adding certain foods, limiting consumption of particular foods and avoiding certain foods in your diet will enable YOU to maintain healthy cholesterol. They include:
- Eating fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in fiber, vitamins and antioxidants.
- Eat legumes such as lentils, white or kidney beans, Lima beans, chick peas.
- Limit sodium (salt) in your diet to lower your risk of heart diseases.
- Limit your consumption of alcohol, if you can’t avoid it.
- Eat foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as tuna, herring, sardines, walnuts, almonds.
- Limit or avoid consumption of caffeine.
- Limit consumption of yolk egg, organ meats, whole diary products, liver.
- Consume healthy fats such as unsaturated oils such as olive oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, lean meats and nuts.
- Avoid fried, processed foods and foods with added sugar.
In addition to diet, go for a walk. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise every day (it can be a trek). Doing this will help you to raise your HDL (good cholesterol).
This article is not meant to be a substitute to be a substitute to the service of a medical professional is urgently needed.
HIGH CHOLESTEROL TREATMENT
(1) CARROTS :
Are rich in soluble fibre and niacin. The soluble fibre help in binding excess cholesterol in the intestine. Niacin increases HDL (good cholesterol) production while reducing LDL (bad cholesterol) production. Thereby preventing the formation of plaques in the blood vessels. Drink 100 ml of Carrots juice mix with half tablespoon of
fresh Turmeric juice (Ohuboboch, Nwandumo in Igbo; Iblue in Urhobo; Gigir in Tiv; Atale pupa in Yoruba; Kurkur in Hausa). Do it two times a day for high cholesterol treatment.
(2) FENUGREEK SEEDS (Hulba in Hausa; Eso Ewedu in Yoruba; Kerenkeren in Igbo; Ukpo Idooma in Idoma) Soak 2 tablespoons of dried Fenugreek seeds in 150 ml for 7 to 8 hours. Chew the seeds and drink the water in which the seeds was soaked upon it. After that take 1 tablespoon of Organic Pure Honey.
OR: Put 2 tablespoons of Fenugreek seeds in 300 ml cup of water. Boil it for 7 to 10 minutes. Allow it to cool down. Strain and drink. Do it two times a day for high cholesterol treatment.
(3) SPINACH (Toromon iganna, Amunututu, Egungun ori iganna in Yoruba; Allayyahu in Hausa; Gborongi in Igbo)
contains Lutein that provides layer of protection for the artery from being clogged as a result of accumulation of LDL (bad cholesterol). Drink 100 ml of fresh Spinach leaves juice mixed with
half tablespoon of Garlic (Tafarnuwa in Hausa; Alubosa ayu in Yoruba; Ayu, Ayo ishi in Igbo) pods paste. Do it two times a day for high cholesterol treatment.
(4) ALLIUM CEPA (Red onion in English; Alubosa onisu in Yoruba; Yabasi in Igbo; Albasa gudaji in Hausa; Alubarha in Edo; Oyim mbakara in Efik) contains high amount of quercetin that has effect in reducing bad LDL (bad cholesterol) by increasing the levels of good fat known as HDL (High Density Lipoprotein). Add RAW RED ONION in your diet for high cholesterol treatment.
(5) CABBAGE:blend Cabbage leaves into juice. Add 1/4 tablespoon of Ginger juice (Chitta in Hausa; Jinja in Urhobo and Igbo; Atale in Yoruba) too 100 ml of Cabbage juice. Mix them together and drink.
OR: Eat raw Cabbage leaves with a piece of Ginger.
Do it two times a day for high cholesterol treatment.
(6) PSYLLIUM HUSK : Take 5 grams of Psyllium Husk with meals two times in a day for high cholesterol treatment.
(7) WATER LEAF
(Efo Gbure, Gbure in Yoruba; Ebe dondon in Edo; Alenyruwa in Hausa; Ipi ape in Idoma; Nte oka in Igbo) Cut the fresh tender stems and leaves of Water leaves in to slices. Put them in blender and add little water.
After blending add half tablespoon of Onion Juice. Mix them together thoroughly with the green liquid. Drink 200 ml immediately after 10 minutes of preparation. Throw away the chaff.
(8) FIGS (Opoto in Yoruba; Farin baure in Hausa) contains fibre known as Pectin. This fibre permeate itself using metabolism system, it attempts to clean up residues wastes of cholesterol and bring them to excretory system to be pushed out from the body. Add Figs in your diet.
(9) LEMON JUICE:
(Omi osan ganyin in Yoruba; Ruwa baba lemu in Hausa; Ekpe nkirisi in Igbo; Itie akpaenfi in Urhobo) is high in Citric acid is one of the best natural cleanser. It reduces LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in the body. Drink 50 ml Lemon juice on an empty stomach before breakfast and dinner.
OR: Boil Lemon peel in water. Drink 200 ml two times daily.
(10) HUNTERIA UMBELLATA
(Eso abere in Yoruba; Otosu, Osu – Igwe in Igbo) After removing the cover of dried Hunteria Umbellata seeds, grind them in to powder. Put them in a steel container. Put hot water on it and allow it to remain for 12 hours. Take 5 ml two times a day for high cholesterol treatment.
(11) CAULIFLOWER : contains glucoraphanin and sulforaphane that enhance the production of good cholesterol (HDL) and reduces bad cholesterol (LDL) production. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids that prevent hardening of arteries. Mix 100 ml of Cauliflower juice with half tablespoon of
Onion Juice (Alubarha in Edo; Yabasi in Igbo; Alubosa in Yoruba; Albasa in Hausa) and
1 pinch of Cayenne Pepper powder (Ata ijosin, Afriremon, Ilufemi in Yoruba; Barkono in Hausa; Ose oyinbo in Igbo). Mix them together thoroughly. Take it two times a day for high cholesterol treatment.
(12) OKRA / LADY FINGER (ila in Yoruba; Kubewa in Hausa; Okuru in Igbo; idu in Idoma) Obtain 3 sizeable Okra. Cut them in to slices, put everything including the sticky liquid in to a cup of 300 ml water. Cover the cup for 7 to 8 hours to avoid contamination. Strain and drink the the liquid content only. Throw away sliced pods. Do it two times a day for high cholesterol treatment.
(13) LIME JUICE (Ekpe nkirisi in Igbo; Ruwa lemu tsami, Kadanbuya in Hausa; Omi oronbo, Omi osan wewe in Yoruba; Evwe in Urhobo) contains hesperidin, a flavonoid that reduces LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride in the body. Drink 100 ml of Lime juice two times a day.
OR: Boil Lime peels in water. Drink 200 ml of it tea infusion two times a day for high cholesterol treatment.
(14) GYMNEMA SLYVESTRE (Gymnema in English; Yaryadin in Hausa) mix half teaspoon of Gymnema Slyvestre leaf powder with 50 ml maize or corn porridge or pap and drink. Do it two times a day.
(Piya in Hausa; Eso pia in Yoruba; Ube oyinbo in Igbo) is high in fibre, potassium and healthy fats that help in keeping your body cholesterol under check by increasing HDL (good cholesterol) levels and reducing total bad cholesterol (LDL) levels. Eat Avocado regularly to get these benefits.
(16) Slice the following vegetables:
- 2 Garden egg or Egg plant (Dauta, Yalo in Hausa; Ikan in Yoruba; Anara, Afufa in Igbo)
- 2 Fresh Tomatoes
- 2 pieces of carrots
Sprinkle 2 pinches of Cayenne Pepper powder (Ata ijosin, Ilufemi, ijeye, Afriremon in Yoruba; Ose oyinbo in Igbo; Barkono in Hausa) Do it once a day for high cholesterol treatment. Make sure you eat them RAW to get the best results.
(17) TERMINALIA CATAPA
(Almond in English; Oblonu beke in Idoma; Ofio in Yoruba) regular consumption of Almond help in increasing the High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels and reduces the Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) levels. Soak 5 to 7 Ripe Almond in water for 8 hours. Remove the flesh and eat. Drink the water in which the Almonds was soaked also.