Scared of Statins? 5 Ways Chia Seeds Can Help You Lower Your Cholesterol

  • Sat 16th Mar 2019 - 4:47am
    But the best news is that, while the components PhysioTru in the polypill come with a host of side effects, pycnogenol has none! In fact, a study of more than 2,000 patients taking pycnogenol found that only 1.5 percent of them experienced unwanted effects (primarily mild gastrointestinal upset). The pharmaceutical industry is doing everything possible to get everyone to take their products - and there are times when they really can save your life. But many of the risk factors targeted by the polypill can often be treated with simple lifestyle changes. A whole foods diet rich in fiber and antioxidants, along with regular exercise, can lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, and help to keep atherosclerosis at bay. As a bonus, making these changes can also prevent or improve metabolic syndrome and Type II diabetes. Plus you'll find you have more energy to do the things you enjoy most. Got migraines? Get some B ... B vitamins, that is. New research from Australia shows that taking supplemental vitamins B6 and B12, along with folic acid, may reduce the frequency, severity, and disability of migraines. The study involved 52 people diagnosed as suffering from migraine with aura. The participants were randomly assigned to receive either a vitamin supplement providing 2 mg. of folic acid, 25 mg. vitamin B6, and 400 mcg. of B12, or a placebo. After six months, those taking the Bs had a 39 percent reduction in their homocysteine levels compared to no reduction in the placebo group. On a more practical level, the vitamin group also experienced 60 percent fewer debilitating migraines, slashing them to 30 percent of their former frequency. When they did get a migraine, they were significantly less severe. Cholesterol. We've heard a lot about it, but what do we know? The answer may surprise you: more than you've heard. No one has any idea that cholesterol is actually something that your body really needs. Without it, you would die. Cholesterol makes up a large portion of your cell's walls, some vital hormones related to immune function, metabolism, and stress response. It's required to make bile, which helps to digest fats and uptake fat-soluble vitamins. It's a precursor to Vitamin D, it aids in nerve transmission, and it's a key factor in the uptake and usage of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a very important hormone that wards off depression, apathy, and other emotional disorders. Without the ability to uptake and use serotonin, a person becomes unable to muster the energy to do anything, and they become clinically depressed. To think that cholesterol may cure depression! In addition to fighting depression, cholesterol is a powerful antioxidant, fighting the effects of free radicals and advanced glycation end-products on our appearance and function. It keeps tissues flexible, preventing diseases such as atherosclerosis. Cholesterol is often measured in "LDL" and "HDL" form. But you may not know that these molecules are one and the same! Any one cholesterol molecule may 'fill up' on saturated fat and go from low-density to high-density in a matter of minutes. Similarly, an HDL cholesterol molecule may dump a load of fat into a cell and thus become an LDL molecule.

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