February 14, 2011 - 2:38pm
Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) is the number one cause of death in America. There are some simple steps to take in reducing you risk factors in developing this disease.
Reduce your cholesterol level.
Your lab report for Cholesterol comes with the values of total, HDL (good) and LDL (bad) Cholesterol. HDL is the protective cholesterol that helps in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. You not only want to reduce your total Cholesterol and LDL Cholesterol, but to increase your HDL Cholesterol.
- Follow the Mediterranean diet which is high in fruits and vegetables, olive oil, whole grains and lean meats (like fish and chicken). Reduce or eliminate red meat in your diet.
- Avoid foods with Tran’s fats (like French fries, doughnuts, crackers and some margarine.
- Exercise like walking 30-40 minutes a day 5 days a week has shown to improve your HDL Cholesterol.
- Consuming cold water fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel and cod) to your diet gives a rich source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids which will help to increase your HDL Cholesterol. Nuts are another good source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
Adding dietary supplements to help reduce and maintain healthy Cholesterol levels along with supporting your heart:
Garlic (Allimax, Alliultra, and Kardovite) increases your HDL and lowers your total Cholesterol.
Essential Fatty Acids found in Terra Vim’s Omega Supreme 780, Natura’s Beyond Essential Fats or Gaia’s Chia Fresh Daily Fiber.
Gaia’s Cholesterzyme Formula, Natura’s Cho-Less and Nutrition Plus’s Kardovite use a combination of herbs to reduce your total Cholesterol and increase your HDL Cholesterol and reducing your risk factors for cardiovascular disease