Cholesterol is in all mind
The cholesterol is produced in the body to fulfill the needs to make steroid hormones, liposoluble vitamins A, D, E, K, and enzymes.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is found in all animal cells, it can also be found in some common foods.
The liver produces 75% of the cholesterol that circulates in our blood. The other 25% comes from food.
Cholesterol is carried by 2 different proteins Low density or LDL to carry cholesterol from the heart to organs through the arteries and high density or HDL, that carry cholesterol from organs to the liver where it is removed and recycled to satisfy the needs.
Both types must be at a normal level in the blood to fuel activities.
The excess of circulating LDL makes deposits in the arteries walls, creating plaques of atherosclerosis. The HDL are carrying the cholesterol to be used. There is not real excess.
During the digestion, a number of molecules are competing with the cholesterol to be absorbed in the intestine.
Phytosterols are present in most plants, they are responsible for lowering the blood cholesterol by competitive inhibition leading to the elimination of cholesterol.
Did YOU ask: How to lower cholesterol without a pharmaceutical treatment?
This has been the first question I had to work on to start to be a clinical researcher.
At that time pharmaceutical companies were looking for the golden eggs, the molecules to eliminate the absorption of eaten cholesterol.
The so-called diseases caused by excess
The professors from old school were responding: “Cholesterol is an endogen production and has nothing to do with nutrition, only rare patients have genetic diseases”.
Our young Professor in internal medicine was suspicious that things were changing fast. The invasion of junk food was creating high blood cholesterol by excess in food with lack of “cleaning” nutrients. Phytosterols are clearly the main nutrient to lower cholesterol, and processed food has eliminated plants in menus.
In theory, cholesterol must be regulated by the body, LDL et HDL balanced, in last decades cholesterol rich food was not balanced by fruits and vegetables.
High blood level of cholesterol and other markers of chronic diseases has changed the metabolic profiles of patients and we lost the connection from junk food to obesity and high blood cholesterol.
Nutrition has to be addressed when writing an appropriate treatment.
Today the classic answer to lower cholesterol is:
1 taking medicine with side effects
2 having a healthy diet
3 losing weight
4 having exercise
Everyone knows that, and everyone knows they have to make a change to get the numbers.
The health element is to reduce cholesterol oxidation to reduce deposit and reduce free radicals to avoid embolisms.
Having cholesterol deposits on the wall of the vascular system is a source of obstruction and rigidity of the vessel walls.
Atherosclerosis is generating hemorrhage.and some micro circulating free balls, detached from the wall and becoming a micro obstruction in a distant organ as the brain.
The free radicals liberated by cholesterol oxidation are the killers, responsible for cell damages.
The point is to reduce cholesterol oxidation.
There are two ways to reduce cholesterol oxidation.
1/ To have as little cholesterol circulating as possible in your blood.
If cholesterol particles are not there, they cannot oxidize.
A plant-based diet is the surest path to low cholesterol, 60 % of greens are a good base, and I saw changes in most of my patients.
2/ To consume such an abundance of antioxidants that cholesterol oxidation is inhibited.
A plant-based diet rich in fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains, all organic.
Example: organic raspberries have 10 times more antioxidants vs. conventional
The Hunan and Puerh teas are low in antioxidants but have a real power to lower cholesterol oxidation with isoflavones.
It is known since few thousands of years when these teas were given in China to warriors to have more energy before battles.
Different recent studies have been well documented and one of the first with my mentor Pr. Bernard Jacotot ended with the conclusion:
3 weeks with 3 cups/day of Hunan or Puerh teas lower the LDL blood level of an average of 14 %.
When the number is good you continue to drink it as a part of your routine, without too much concern if you take it or not.
This must be enough to obtain good numbers if you need more, and you prefer to avoid to take statins, have a strict nutrition plan, with green smoothies (antioxidants) for breakfast and Pu-Erh tea during the day etc.. Ask your doctor to see a nutritionist to balance your intake of cholesterol-rich food.
Changing your diet, using fat burning food, helps to lose weight, then to change your metabolism and change your cholesterol numbers.
Having a very “clean” routine helps to enjoy a slow aging as well as having fun enjoying special events with eating and drinking without side effects.
I have done fundamental and clinical research to understand how the populations used to eat algae (seaweeds) in addition to a food rich in anti-oxidant has a low incidence of neurodegenerative diseases as well as prostate and breast cancers.
Recent studies show how components of seaweeds are responsible for the balance of oxidation of cholesterol; it may be the next key we have to look for, to protect from aging with control of LDL.
Gelato vs statins a good study to start.
Cardio-protective effects of phytosterol-enriched functional black tea in mild hypercholesterolemia subjects
Asım Orema, Cesarettin Alasalvarb, , , Birgül Vanizor Kurala, Serap Yamana, Cihan Orema, Ayse Karadagb, Ebru Pelvanb, Jerzy Zawistowskic
2015 Feb 6. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0113815
Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2016;2016:3863726. doi: 10.1155/2016/3863726. Epub 2015 Dec 14.
Modulation of Hypercholesterolemia-Induced Oxidative/Nitrative Stress in the Heart.
Pu-Erh Tea Down-Regulates Sterol Regulatory Element-Binding Protein and Stearyol-CoA Desaturase to Reduce Fat Storage in Caenorhaditis elegans
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