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Cholesterol is one of the number one enemies of successfully losing weight, but the problems it poses don’t stop here. It’s common knowledge that people with high cholesterol levels tend to suffer from obesity, but run higher risks of developing heart and artery problems in time. While most people know that there is a difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol, the difference has not been sufficiently explained, for the majority of the population to have an accurate representation of this situation.
Essentially, the human body requires a small quantity of high density lipoproteins cholesterol, otherwise known as HDL, in order to function properly. HDL has the ability to absorb low density lipoproteins cholesterol, or LDL, and take it back into the liver, which then attempts to process it once more. Eggs, for instance, are nowadays considered health food, after years of controversy, yet only when consumed in moderate quantities. And recent research on both human and animal subjects indicates that they are not the only food likely to positively impact cholesterol levels.
• Algae Extract
Algae extract has long been touted as a sort of wonder product, likely to alleviate all sorts of ailments and ills. Recent research undertaken by Dr. Simti Gupta from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has confirmed that ‘bad’ cholesterol can be driven down through the ingestion of the substance. The test involved feeding sixty hamsters food with elevated fatty contents, then dividing them into two groups. One group received ProAlgaZyme, a product with 20 per cent algae extract contents, while the other one was kept on a diet which only included a 5 per cent extract solution. The results indicated that the ones which received bigger quantities of algae extract had lower levels of bad cholesterol, and higher contents of good cholesterol.
It’s a well-known fact that blueberries, like most berries, actually, are highly beneficial for one’s health, but recent research has indicated that the tart, sometimes sour fruit also contain an active compound which might reduce blood pressure. The research was conducted at the University of Mississipi School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine and presented on September 20, at the Scientific Sessions on Blood Pressure, held by the American Heart Association in Washington D.C.. According to the double-blind clinical test, patients with high cholesterol levels saw an improvement in blood pressure, lipid level and weight. For six to eight weeks, they received doses of pterostilbene, a substance naturally found in blueberries.
• Sesame and Rice Bran Oils
A study presented at the same convention, and conducted in New Delhi, India, by M.D, Ph.D. Devarajan Sankar, from the Department of Cardiovascular Disease at Fukuoka University Chikushi Hospital in Chikushino, Japan. The results were truly spectacular: the people who used this combination of sesame and rice bran oils for cooking over a sixty-day period reported improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol levels that were very similar to the effects of dedicated medication. The 300 test subjects ranged in blood pressure levels from mild to moderately high and were divided into three groups. One group only used an ounce of these healthful oils, low in saturated fats, another received blood pressure medication, while the third group received both products and reported the most spectacular improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Higher levels of HDL lowers the risk of having a stroke, or of developing chronic heart disease. While not all of the above tests have been confirmed through further experiments on human patients, it is important to address the issue of cholesterol, since it is one of the most often-used ‘silent killers’ in America’s plates.
Alyssa Denny is a medical professional, a freelance writer and a registered dietician. She always recommends that her clients order a lipid profile to measure cholesterol levels prior to prescribing a specific diet.