How to Lower Cholesterol and Arterial Plaque

The arteries are major blood vessels the heart uses to pump blood from the it to the rest of the body. Over time, arterial walls can become congested with a fatty substance known as plaque. When this happens to a severe point, the arteries may begin to harden and the blood flow can become compromised and ultimately result in a heart attack.  Mainstream medicine’s approach for treating plaque is to use drugs or surgery.  However, there are natural ways to prevent and remove plaque.

 

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Vitamin D – A Gene-Regulating Super Nutrient

one study with 2100 female twins showed that having adequate vitamin D extends life by five years

Patients with Parkinson’s were 55% more likely to be low in vitamin D.

Some of the newer colon cancer research finds that vitamin D turns on death signals in colon cancer cells and works synergistically with calcium to help prevent colon cancer cells from spreading.

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How Protein Helps Weight Loss

The amount of quality protein in your diet is the single most important calorie that influences your metabolic rate, favorably influencing weight loss.  Quality protein also helps you sustain muscle during weight loss, improve muscle fitness, improve immunity, improve antioxidant function, build HDL cholesterol, and enhance insulin and leptin function – all of which contribute toward optimal weight management efforts over time. (more…)

DHA Supplementation Improves Cholesterol Quality

Overweight individuals typically have problems with excess fat blobs (triglycerides) and elevated cholesterol.  A new study shows that DHA1 lowers triglycerides and improves the quality of both LDL and HDL.

This study is interesting in part because no attempt was made to help the participants lose weight.  In the overweight condition, excess triglycerides cause leptin resistance as well as gumming up LDL and HDL cholesterol, reducing their functional quality, creating a higher risk for heart disease progression.  This study demonstrated that DHA could change the health of HDL and LDL to a higher quality even in the presence of being overweight.

I should point out,  the process of weight loss improves the quality of many issues relating to heart disease.  Clearly, the benefits of DHA in terms of helping weight loss and cardiovascular benefits, will be greater if weight loss occurs at the same time it is being taken.  This study shows, it is even protective for the person who is stuck in a weight rut.

 

Byron Richards, CCN