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01- Apr-2017

How to Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally*

Dr. Varsha Mishra
Dr. Varsha Mishra
Dr.Varsha Mishra
BHMS

Cholesterol and triglyceride levels majorly affect the health of your heart. Thus, the triglyceride and cholesterol levels must be kept in control. Including omega 3 fish oil in your diet or as a supplement can naturally lower these levels, ensuring a healthy heart.

Triglyceridesand cholesterol are fatty substances (lipids) present in the blood.In a healthy body, cholesterol performs many functions such as being the precursor of various hormones (estrogen &progesterone in women and testosterone in men, cortisol etc.), helping digestion as it is used to make bile; acting as a structural component of the body, being essential for our immune system’s proper functioning, among others. Whereas triglycerides provide energy, their main function is to store energy for later use. When more calories are consumed than our body can use, these excess calories are stored as triglycerides.

In a normal healthy person, the liver produces all the cholesterol a body requires. However, due tovarious causes,triglyceride and cholesterol levels can get elevated to unhealthy levels.These causes may include:

Diet- Consuming too much of saturated fats, trans fat, and high cholesterol and fatty food in diet

 

Weight- Being overweight may lower HDL (good) cholesterol levels and be a risk factor for higher triglyceride levels

Sedentary life- Being inactive & not exercising may lower HDL (good) cholesterol levels and can cause high triglyceride levels

Age- Cholesterol levels and triglyceride start rising after the twenties

Genetic disposition- If there is a family history of high cholesterol levels &triglycerides,a person may be more susceptible to inherit the risk.

High blood cholesterolis one of the main risk factors leading to heart disease. If you have higher blood cholesterol levels, your risk for developing heart disease and even having a heart attack will be significantly greater. The same is true for triglycerides as well.

Naturally lowering triglyceride and cholesterol levels-

As lipid levels increase with improper diet, rectifying the diet and consistently following a healthy diet plan is a solution to lower lipid levels.A healthy diet should include low fat dairy items, whole grain & pulses, vegetables, fruits, soy products, more high fiber foods and avoiding processed food.

Apart from it keeping one active physically, performing various exercises is also very helpful in naturally lowering cholesterol levels.With medication, a few good supplements can help you lower your lipid levels such as Omega 3 Fish Oil supplement from BestSource Nutrition’s. It contains Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, mainly Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). As the human body is not able to produce these fatty acids, theyneed to be consumed through the diet. Regular consumption of EPA and DHA rich omega 3 oils can reduce the synthesis of triglycerides in the liver, as DHA and EPA are not good substrates for the enzymes responsible for synthesis of triglycerides. Moreover, they both can hamper the esterification of other fatty acids. EPA & DHA omega 3 fatty acid constituents are precursors of certain eicosanoids known to reduce inflammation in the body andhave other health benefits.

These omega 3fatty acids (good fats) have various health benefits, which include:

  • There is evidence that recommended amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids i.e. DHA and EPA may lower triglycerides and reduce the risk of a heart attack
  • Omega 3 fatty acids increase good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol levels
  • Omega 3 fatty acids are especially effective against rheumatoid arthritis
  • Omega 3 fatty acids decrease the risk of coronary heart diseases (Omega 3 fish oil helps in inhibiting platelet aggregation; it also lowers serum triglyceride levels. This could explain its efficacy in the prevention of coronary heart disease)
  • Omega 3 fatty acids are effective in reducing inflammation,especially of the blood vessels

While choosing an Omega 3 fish oil supplement, one must check the extraction process as manyfish oil supplements also contain heavy metals, dioxins and PCBs. It must also be checked which fish is taken as the fish oil source. Usually, oilydeep-sea fishes are chosen for extraction.

BestSource Nutrition’s Omega 3 Fish Oil capsules offer various benefits over generic fish oil, including:

    • It is a more potent and effective omega 3 source
    • It is extracted from sardine fish, is a deep sea fish and thus free from toxin and heavy metal impurities
    • The process of extraction makes it pure, free from any traces of unwanted substances and safe & effective.

So while trying to reduce cholesterol levels naturally, BestSource Nutrition’s Omega 3 Fish Oil capsules should be considered over other fish oil supplements, as they are much more effective and safe for consumption.

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