What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is found in every cell of the body and has important natural functions. It is manufactured by the body but can also be taken in from food. It is waxy and fat-like in appearance.
Cholesterol is oil-based and so does not mix with the blood, which is water-based. It is therefore carried around the body in the blood by lipoproteins.
The parcels of cholesterol are carried by two types of lipoprotein:
- Low-density lipoprotein (LDL – cholesterol carried by this type is known as ‘bad’ cholesterol)
- High-density lipoprotein (HDL – cholesterol carried by this type is known as ‘good’ cholesterol).
Cholesterol has four main functions, without which we would not live. It:
- Contributes to the structure of cell walls.
- Makes up digestive bile acids in the intestine.
- Allows the body to produce vitamin D.
- Enables the body to make certain hormones.
Causes of high cholesterol levels.
High cholesterol is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, a cause of heart attacks. Reducing blood lipid levels lowers the cardiovascular risk.
High levels of LDL lead to a build-up of cholesterol in the arteries, whereas HDL carries cholesterol to the liver for removal from the body. A build-up of cholesterol is part of the process that narrows arteries, called atherosclerosis, in which plaques form and cause restriction of blood flow.
High cholesterol levels are a result of modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors. Two major risk factors, diet and exercise, are highly modifiable, meaning that something can be done to change these risk factors and reduce the likelihood of having high cholesterol.
Limiting intake of fat in the diet helps manage cholesterol levels. In particular, it is helpful to limit foods that contain:
- Cholesterol (from animal foods, such as egg yolks, meat and cheese).
- Saturated fat (found in some meats, dairy products, chocolate, baked goods, and deep-fried and processed foods).
- Trans fat (found in some fried and processed foods).
- Being overweight or obese can also lead to higher blood LDL levels, with regular exercise & dietary supplements helpful in managing this risk factor.
The primary causes of high cholesterol are genetic – very high LDL levels are found in the inherited condition familial hypercholesterolemia.
Abnormal cholesterol levels may also be secondary to the following:
Diabetes, Liver or kidney disease, Polycystic ovary syndrome, Pregnancy and other conditions that increase levels of female hormones, Underactive thyroid gland, Drugs that increase LDL cholesterol and decrease HDL cholesterol (progestins, anabolic steroids and corticosteroids).
Symptoms of high cholesterol levels.
Having high cholesterol levels, while a risk factor for other conditions, does not itself present any signs or symptoms. Unless routinely screened through regular blood testing, high cholesterol levels will go unnoticed and could present a silent threat of heart attack or stroke.
Treatment and prevention of high cholesterol.
Four changes to lifestyle are recommended for all people with high cholesterol levels – including those receiving drug treatment – in order to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and heart attack:
- Take regular exercise.
- Avoid smoking.
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight (You can do this by going through any of our Forever F.I.T programmes).
- Eat a ‘heart-healthy diet’ (for example, use low-fat toppings and sauces, and avoid foods high in saturated fat; eat vegetables, fruits and fibre-rich whole grains).
Due to the harmful effects of cholesterol build-up, Forever has formulated supplements which can successfully reduce your cholesterol levels without side effects. Here they are:
Arctic Sea Omega 3
A vital set of nutrients required for a healthy body are the fatty acids. These nutrients serve several functions, including the make-up of the majority of the protective membrane that surrounds all our cells. They are also used by the body as major building blocks for the creation of body fat, needed in appropriate amounts to cushion and protect our internal organs and keep us warm. However, not all fatty acids provide the same benefits.
Forever Living Products has formulated a superior nutritional supplement to take advantage of the latest research into this important area of nutrition. By combining Omega-3 with Omega-9, it provides a safe and balanced supplement that can favourably support healthy blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Forever Arctic-Sea Super Omega-3 is a breakthrough in terms of a balanced supplement, using both vegetable and fish oils to derive the benefit of each. Omega-3 is an essential polyunsaturated fatty acid found in salmon and other seafood. Omega-9 is the unsaturated fatty acid found in vegetable products, like olive oil.
Each capsule has an EPA content of 225 mg and 150 mg each of DHA and oleic acid, all of which are lacking in most Western diets. The benefits of EPA and DHA include supporting the circulatory system. They are needed for other functions, including the Development & Health of the Eyes and Brain, & can support proper Joint Function.
- Excellent source of Essential Fatty Acids.
- Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help support circulatory function.
- Omega-3 and Omega-9 fatty acids can help support healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- Helps support proper joint function.
- Helps in Arthritis.
Forever Cardio Health™
Forever CardioHealth™ with CoQ10 is a special formula designed to easily dissolve in our Aloe Vera Gel to provide three important nutritional supports for Cardiovascular Health. It promotes healthy homocysteine levels, supplies co-enzyme Q10 to promote efficient metabolism, and provides heart-healthy antioxidants.
CoQ10 is an enzyme that is produced by the human body & is necessary for the basic functioning of cells, including those of the heart & blood vessels. CoQ10 levels are reported to decrease with age, which is just when we need them most. Forever Cardio Health with CoQ10 provides the extra supply of CoQ10 your body needs.
Another way Forever Cardio Health supports good cardiovascular function is by helping to maintain healthy homocysteine levels in the blood. The B vitamins in Forever CardioHealth (Vitamin B6, B12, and Folic Acid) have been shown to help keep homocysteine levels in the healthy lower range. This in turn helps support healthy heart & blood vessel function. Forever Cardio Health also contains a selection of herbal extracts (Grape Seed, Turmeric, Boswellia, and Olive Leaf) found in studies to be beneficial for cardiovascular support. To all of the above we have added the heart-healthy minerals magnesium and chromium plus lecithin, known for its blood vessel lubricating and fat-mobilizing properties, and the powerful antioxidant vitamins C and E.
Now take all this greatness and mix it into your next glass of Aloe Vera Gel for the added benefits found in the miraculous aloe leaf. Just pour, stir, and drink – your heart will thank you!
- Designed to dissolve easily in Aloe Vera Gel.
- Provides CoQ10, necessary for basic cell functions.
- Promotes cell function and provides heart-healthy antioxidants.
- Contains heart-healthy herbal extracts, minerals, lecithin, and antioxidant vitamins.
The dietary uses of garlic and thyme have been traced back thousands of years. An Egyptian papyrus dating from 1,500bc listed 22 healthy uses for garlic. Today, we are starting to understand how they work.
Garlic and thyme, the two powerful antioxidants found in forever garlic-thyme®, combine to create a great tool in maintaining good health. When garlic is cut or crushed, enzymes react to produce a powerful immune-enhancing agent. Studies have shown that garlic’s other ingredients help the metabolism convert fats to energy and protect the body against free radicals. Other healthy substances in this odorless softgel include ajoene and lecithin, which can help emulsify fats. Garlic’s sulfur compounds have also been shown to have beneficial properties. Garlic also contains germanium, a mineral trace element believed to help boost the body’s immune system and selenium, a trace mineral antioxidant.
Thyme contains tannin, phenol and thymol (saponins) and other beneficial antioxidant substances.
- Powerful antibacterial supplement.
- Powerful antioxidant.
- Odorless, softgel capsule.
- Helps protect the body against free radicals.
- Helps support the conversion of fats to energy.
With these powerful combination, you can be sure of having your cholesterol levels within normal range and enjoy optimal cardiovascular functions.