What is it?
The Low Cholesterol Diet is a diet that focuses on reducing the amount of cholesterol in your bloodstream. The difficulty with this diet is that, sadly, diet isn’t the only controlling factor in reducing cholesterol. Cholesterol is found in two types: HDL (high density or the good kind) and LDL (low density or the bad kind).
What is the problem with LDL cholesterol?
The level of cholesterol is usually measured in the bloodstream. After the liver receives cholesterol from your diet it produces a certain amount of its own and delivers it to the body’s cells. Excess cholesterol (LDL) may stick to artery walls causing fatty deposits to create ‘plaque’ which can lead to cardiovascular disease, mental impairment, high blood pressure and gall stones.
Is cholesterol ALL BAD?
No, essential cholesterol (HDL) (non-soluble waxy substance) is needed to produce hormones, manufacture bile, create nerve sheaths, carry excess LDL back to the liver and build membranes.
What aspects can affect the level of cholesterol in your body?
1. Genetics play a role and may cause the liver to produce more cholesterol than needed
What are some recommendations/tips to lower my cholesterol in my bloodstream?
- Completely stop eating margarine.
- Reduce intake of hydrogenated fats, trans fats and limit saturated fat.
- Reduce intake of all processed food.
- Make sure you are having a lot of good fats (omega 3’s). Try a supplement that is high in DHA and EPA. Try and aim for 2 – 3g of fish oil daily.
- Try to reduce LDL as much as possible so the ratio of good to bad increases.
- Cook with extra virgin olive oil only.
- Try a CoQ10 supplement to strength the hearth muscles.
- Take a multivitamin, Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Vitamin B3.
- Increase exercise levels to at least 3-5 times per week of a 30 minute duration to reduce blood pressure, reduce triglyceride and diabetes risk while increasing HDL levels.