What do you know about cholesterol?

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Allah has created human beings with bodies equipped with systems superior to even the most splendid machines. All of us have a responsibility to maintain this body in the best way so as to maintain our good health.
 
Cholesterol, recently described in the press as a cause of heart attacks even in young people, heads the list of those agents that pose a serious threat. In light of the latest statistics, it has been established that currently, one of the main causes of death cardiac and artery diseases linked to cholesterol. In this article, we shall examine how cholesterol forms and how best to protect yourself against it.
 
What is Cholesterol?
 
This is a fatty substance, of a wax-like consistency, that is essential for life. It is widespread throughout the body, but particularly in the brain, nerves, liver intestines, muscles and heart.
Every year, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report on 17 October 2002, heart attacks and strokes cause the deaths of 12 million people worldwide. Individual efforts aimed at reducing these major threats, together with simple, low-cost measures taken at the national level, can reduce these major risks to health—such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and cigarettes—by over 50%.
 
The body uses cholesterol to produce hormones, Vitamin D, and the bile acids that digest fats. In order for these processes to take place, very low blood levels of cholesterol are sufficient.. But if there is too much cholesterol in the blood, it accumulates in the arteries and causes them to harden and narrow. We absorb excess cholesterol through animal food products causing the level of cholesterol in our bloodstream to rise to dangerous levels.
 
As you know, a network of blood vessels interpenetrates the entire body, carrying blood to such organs as the heart, brain and kidneys, thus permitting them to function. If cholesterol accumulates in any organ’s blood vessels, then in that organ diseases appear.
 
If cholesterol accumulates in the coronary arteries that nourish the heart, for example, problems such as chest pains or heart attacks develop. On the other hand, accumulations of cholesterol in the renal arteries may lead to kidney defects and high blood pressure. The higher a person’s cholesterol level, the greater the risk of heart disease.

Anti-Cholesterol Nutrition
 
- Balance Your Cholesterol with Omega Oils
 
Omega-oil acids moderate the amounts of cholesterol produced by the liver.
Omega-3 is most present in fish, and Omega-6 in walnuts and hazelnuts. Lately, canola oil has become popular for the Omega-3 it contains.
 
- Chicken Breast Is Low in Cholesterol
 
People with weight problems and high cholesterol should eat breast of chicken—the so-called white meat—keeping in mind that wings and drumsticks are rich in cholesterol, however. Skinning the chicken first helps lower the fact content. Even so, in terms of cholesterol, soya mince or soya meat are still preferable to animal products.
 
- Beware of Cheddar Cheese!
 
No matter how carefully you shop for diet products, the cheddar cheese you buy will still contain a high level of cholesterol. Therefore, cottage cheese is recommended instead.
 
- Seafood Is High in Cholesterol!
 
Shellfish (mussels, lobster, squid) contain high levels of cholesterol, for which reason you should eat them only occasionally and other forms of seafood are preferable.
 
- Regular Walking Raises Levels of Good Cholesterol and Lowers Harmful Cholesterol
 
The more physical activity you do, the higher your level of HDL (good cholesterol). To balance cholesterol, exercise is essential along with a proper diet. For a healthy heart, walking is the ideal form of exercise. One should walk at least half an hour every day. Three kilometers (1.8 miles) in 30 minutes will be enough to maintain a healthy heart rhythm.
 
In order to lower your levels of LDL (harmful cholesterol):
 
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables.
- Eat 3 to 4 portions of vegetables and 3 to 4 portions of fruit a day. The ideal regimen is to consume five portions of both every day, as in a home-made fruit salad.
- Eat more salads, complete with tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet corn, lettuce, carrots…
- Eat less fat, and trim fat from cuts of meat before cooking.
- Cut back on sugar.
2007-05-08 09:56:59
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