Monday, 2 December 2013

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol, it's something you hear about a lot, but not something a lot of people understand very well. With all the talk about lipids and fats, LDL and HDL, it's hard to know up from down and left from right when talking about cholesterol.

Chemically, cholesterol is classified as a sterol (a cross between a steroid and an alcohol) and it's absolutely vital to our everyday existence. The body uses cholesterol to build and maintain cell membranes and to maintain proper membrane viscosity.

If all that sounds a little 'out there' just take away from it that cholesterol is a much needed compound in your body.

What about good vs. bad cholesterol?

The most commonly talked about forms of cholesterol are high density lipoprotein (HDL) and low density lipoprotein (LDL). HLD is considered 'good' cholesterol because it is transported to the liver where it is used in the synthesis of various compounds. LDL is what's known as 'bad' cholesterol: because of LDL's low density it sticks to arterial walls and can lead to coronary heart disease (CHD).

While some LDL is needed, in this case too much of a good thing can certainly have disastrous consequences.

What can I do about my cholesterol?

First of all, realize that the cholesterol you are trying to lower is your LDL not your HDL. Secondly, realize that a large part of cholesterol production as well as arterial plaque is genetic. But, just because you have the genes that make you susceptible to a disease doesn't mean you're necessarily going to get it. I'm a firm believer that with a healthy lifestyle and the proper supplementation, you can control how your genes are expressed. Think about it like coming to a fork in the road. Given the option, you can either turn left or right, you can't change where the road goes but you are in control of the direction you take. Genetics is much the same: with proper nutrition a child reaches his maximum height potential, with the proper antibiotics a person can fight off infection and with proper diet, exercise and supplementation you can beat heart disease.

What Exactly Would I Have to Do?

The first thing you need to do is take a long, hard look at your life. Are you a smoker? If so, quitting will do wonders for your longevity. I don't have to tell anyone that smoking and heart disease go hand in hand. Do you exercise? A program that includes both strength training and cardio is necessary to fully ward off heart disease. Cardiovascular fitness is, quite literally, how fit your heart is. Getting your blood pumping and exercising your heart muscle (yes it IS a muscle!) will keep it strong and healthy. Strength training helps by getting your body's chemistry back on track. Tearing muscle fibres (aka getting 'ripped') sends the body into repair mode. Filling your blood with cellular salvage and repair teams. The more of these cellular repair men you have in your body, the better chance you have of beating back the threat of arterial plaque. Last but not least, we come to diet. Only about 5% of cholesterol

in your body comes directly from the foods you eat. However, that's not to say you shouldn't eat a healthy diet. If your body is run down from a high-fat, high-sugar diet it will be less likely to respond on time to even a minor stressor. For example, a person who lives a healthy lifestyle but accumulates a small arterial plaque deposit will be more apt to recover, i.e., the body will be able to 'chip away' at the deposit because a healthy person has the 'resources' to devote to such an endeavour. An more unhealthy person, on the other hand, will not have the resources or nutrients available to synthesize the needed cellular repair teams and put in them in place. To simplify, an unhealthy person has to spend most of his or her energy just trying to keep the body in balance and has little resources left for fighting infections or stressors. A healthy person, on the other hand, has to spend very little energy keeping their body in working order and can spend more time dealing with infections or stressors.

On the topic of a healthy body, supplementation is key to maintaining one if only for the fact that with today's modern diet so lacking in nutrients, almost everybody can benefit from some outside help. Mangosteen is the supplement of choice for beating heart disease. It's natures highest source of xanthones, antioxidant compounds that help to restore the natural vitality of the body. They are also powerful anti-inflammatories and provide an immune boost to help fight infections and deal with stressors.

I mentioned above that a healthy person has a better chance of beating heart disease because they have more resource available to combat it. Let mangosteen help you regain your vitality. It works wonders for the digestive tract (which is a key component of total body health) while giving an energized and invigorating effect to whoever takes it. Wouldn't it be nice to have the energy to hit the gym after work? If you're really serious about fighting heart disease then a dedicated fitness routine is a must! Mangosteen, like that sold by Natural Home Cures is the supplement that will jump-start your body and give it the tools to fight infections, cholesterol, fatigue and any other number of ailments.

Does it matter what kind of Mangosteen I take?

Absolutely. I like the Natural Home Cures Mangosteen for two reasons. First off, it comes in solid state form. All the beneficial compounds of mangosteen are in the outer layer or pericarp of the fruit, Solid state mangosteen is made from the pericarp so you know you're getting the most xanthone 'bang for your buck'. Mangosteen that comes in the form of a juice is often not made from the pericarp (since it doesn't taste all that good) and is mixed with other fruit juices and preservatives. The second reason that I prefer Natural Home Cures mangosteen is because it's not irradiated. Whole fruits that are imported from other countries (Mangosteen is grown in Asia) have to be irradiated to kill any malicious bacteria, viruses or pests that may be hiding in them before they are imported. Natural Home Cures brand mangosteen is made from the ground up outer layer of the mangosteen and as such doesn't need to be irradiated. This is a bonus in my book since irradiated food can often be laced with carcinogens left behind from the radiation: that's not something I want to be eating.

With a healthy diet, exercise and proper supplementation you can beat back heart disease. Take the steps now to arm your body with the tools it needs to stay healthy and fit for years to come. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.


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