Friday, June 13, 2014

What Are Bad Cholesterol Sources?

What Are Bad Cholesterol Sources? Bad cholesterol (otherwise known as low-density lipoprotein or LDL) is a good indicator of unhealthy eating. Visiting your GP and having a cholesterol test will allow you to gauge whether it would be a good decision, or simply a necessary one, to improve your diet with healthier options. Cholesterol affects your cardiovascular system, causing disease where there is substantial amounts of LDL, such as, increasing the chances of strokes and heart attacks. However, many food items do not offer any information as to how it will affect your cholesterol level, therefore limiting consumer knowledge. Below is some information about bad cholesterol sources.

Sources high in cholesterol levels are foods that also contain other nutrients we require, though vegetarians and others with aversions to the same foods can find these nutrients in other foods. One example is animal fat, which is unavoidable if you eat meat. However, you can also find it in cheese, egg yolks, beef, pork, poultry, and shrimp.

Additionally, consuming saturated fats increases the efficiency of the cholesterol intake, meaning more gets through to your blood. As such, decreasing sources of saturated fats will go along way in reducing your intake.

Supplements

A primary supplement used to lower cholesterol is Niacin, or Vitamin B3. It has another benefit as it doesn't just decrease LDL, but helps increase good cholesterol (otherwise known as high-density lipoprotein or HDL). It is available from your GP and pharmacists in prescription and dietary supplement form. However, certain associations insist that only the prescription form should be used. Also, initially, you may find that Niacin causes skin flushes during early use, though this can be somewhat diminished by consuming with a meal.

Soluble fiber provides cholesterol-reducing elements in naturally occurring foods, such as oats and barley. However, it can also be acquired in supplement form, called psyllium powder. The benefit of this is that it binds to cholesterol, allowing to to be excreted from your system.

It should be noted that you should take supplements only on your GP or dietary advisor's instructions, as they will be aware of any preceding illnesses or individual-specific allergies that apply to you. Taking supplements when it's unnecessary as a preventative measure is inadvisable, as if you mess with your natural cholesterol, including HDL which is good, then you may cause illness and other issues. Supplements that can be purchased from a pharmacy will provide instructions that you should follow to the letter. by Venkata Krishnan Rajagopalan
source:goarticles.com

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