THE NATUROPATHIC APPROACH TO LOWERING CHOLESTEROL LEVELS

The body needs cholesterol to form bile, insulate nerve fibres, form sex and steroid hormones and for the formation of cell membranes.   Many types of body cell are able to make cholesterol, the liver produces the most, about 1 gram per day, in comparison we ingest about .3 gram per day.

If we eat less cholesterol the liver will increase its own production, sometimes to an excessive degree.

Diet induced high cholesterol levels lead to changes in the structure of blood vessel walls as cholesterol adheres to the walls, stimulating the formation of fibrous plaques, the end result being hardening of the arteries.

To effectively reduce cholesterol readings and prevent further deterioration of blood vessel walls:-

1   Increase the intake of fibre thereby increasing the excretion of cholesterol through the bowel.  ie fruit, vegetables, Psyllium and wholegrains.

2   Avoid organ meats, red meats, marbled meats, fatty chicken and processed meats, deep fried foods, cheeses, cream, butter, margarine, icecream and reduce egg intake.  Choose reduced fat milk and yoghurt.

3   Eat fish at least 5x weekly, especially sardines in oil.

4   Choose polyunsaturated oils, cold pressed, ie linseed, sunflower, safflower, do not use hydrogenated oils ie commercial margarines.

5   Embrace a low sugar diet, avoid smoking, coffee, alcohol, soft drinks and lollies.  All sugars, carbs, not used up as fuel, are converted to fats and stored.

Therapeutic agents commonly prescribed by a Naturopath that may lower cholesterol levels are:-   Policosanol, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Nicotinic acid, Speedwell, Lecithin, Omega 3 fatty acids ie fish and marine mammal fats, garlic and onion.

CAUTION:-   your personal dosages need to be assessed by a professional.

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