On The Menu – Cholesterol Management

Ever notice that when the pharmaceutical ads come on the tube for their popular drugs they have to recite a long, scary litany of potential side effects?  They are required by law to do so, but it sure destroys the mood of the advertisement!

This is because most drugs, being artificial, affect the body in a way its not used to being treated, so it may react negatively.  While this isn’t usually dangerous statistically,  it still brings up the question:  shouldn’t there be a better way?

The purpose of this article is not to dissuade anyone from using the drugs that might save their life.  But that old saying that an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure is more than just an adage here.  Many of the ailments we experience can be remedied by simple lifestyle changes.

So in this first installment of Natural Cures I will show how you can lower your danger of high cholesterol naturally, by doing what many Americans love most – eating!

        *  Drink pomegranate juice.  In addition to being one of the most potent antioxidants available, pomegranate juice has shown the ability to actually remove accumulated atherosclerotic plaque, reversing the long term effects of a bad diet.  Also, it is potentially the “most effective plant for maintaining optimal endothelial (blood vessel) function.” (Lef.org)

        *  Eat pecans.  A new study has shown that pecans can raise the body’s levels of gamma-tocopherol, a variant of vitamin E that many people neglect to supplement.  (taking high doses of alpha tocopherol can supplant the necessary levels of the gamma version in the cell membranes.)  The study illustrated that pecans have a lowering effect on the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, one of the primary culprits in cardiovascular diseases.

        *  Eat artichokes.  Evidence suggests that artichoke leaves may lower cholesterol levels and promote healthy endothelial cell function.  It can also help to maintain healthy liver function, necessary to keeping cholesterol within normal limits.

        *  Eat apples.  An apple a day can keep the doctor away, and one of the ways is by lowering your total cholesterol and your LDL levels specifically.  Apple polyphenols may also work to contain visceral adepose tissue, that dangerous fat accumulation around the abdomen.

        *  Drink green tea.  So many health benefits of green tea have come to light in recent years.  There is evidence that the catechins in green tea may lower LDL cholesterol.  Another benefit – these powerful antioxidants also show a thermogenic (fat burning) effect in the body, more good news for dieters.

        *  Use olive oil instead of butter whenever possible.  Olive oil is another substance which can inhibit the oxidation of low density lipoprotein.  Always opt for “cold pressed, extra virgin” olive oil.

Again, these are not intended to replace a doctor administered medicinal health regimen, but you can often improve your blood lipid profile by proper diet, often saving yourself a lot of heartache and a lot of money to boot.  In other words, instead of experiencing all those dangerous side effects, you will receive “side benefits” as a reward.  What a deal!

About Warren Dostie

Fitness trainer, author and avid anti-aging specialist. Age 55
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