Balancing your Cholesterol – the juggling just got easier
by Myra Charleston
When you consider the importance cholesterol is to your overall health,
you can understand value in maintaining it’s balance.
Produced by the liver, this lipid is necessary for the production of cell
membranes, Vitamin D3, various steroid hormones in the adrenal glands (including
cortisol, cortisone and aldosterone), and of sex hormones (progesterone,
estrogen and testosterone). When
your cholesterol levels are unbalanced you may suffer from gallstones, an
increased risk of heart disease or stroke, skin breakdown or impotence.
The movement of cholesterol throughout the body is achieved by
lipoproteins. The cholesterol hitches a ride with these protein complexes
and in the case of HDL’s (High-density lipoproteins) is carried out of the
bloodstream for excretion. LDL’s
(Low density lipoproteins) carry the cholesterol back into the system for use by
various body cells. The problem
occurs when this balance between the HDL’s and LDL’s is out of whack and
there is more cholesterol coming in than is needed by the body. The excess is deposited in the blood stream and forms a
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, everyone over
the age of 20 should have a lipoprotein profile done every 5 years.
This test will provide you with your total cholesterol level with a
breakdown of the HDL’s, LDL’s and triglycerides. Click here to see a chart on Blood Cholesterol Levels.
For those persons suffering from high cholesterol levels, a recent study
funded by the American Emu Association and done by the University of
Massachusetts, Lowell and the Forsyth Institute indicates that a simple,
all-natural food supplement may help lower those levels.
In these cholesterol-lowering studies, hamsters were fed chow-based diets
containing either coconut oil or emu oil for 4 weeks.
The preliminary results showed hamsters fed emu oil had 25% lower levels
of LDL and a 27% increase in HDL’s.
WOW! Let me say that again
– WOW! Further studies will
undoubtedly be done on the potential of emu oil as a dietary supplement.
Disclaimer: This article is for information only. If you have high cholesterol levels, please consult a physician.