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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 plaque.

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.

How will this help your cholesterol-balancing act?  While emu oil is not currently being produced for oral ingestion by the spoonful, emu oil gel caps are available.  Experts recommend that you start off taking 9 (750mg each) emu oil gel caps per day (3 caps, 3 times per day) and then adjust that amount to what is comfortable and works for you.  Three to nine a day is usual, depending on the persons needs.  Added to a low cholesterol diet and daily exercise, your cholesterol levels should begin to balance nicely!

Disclaimer:  This article is for information only.  If you have high cholesterol levels, please consult a physician.  

        Emu's Zine does not diagnose, prescribe or dispense medical advice.  We report and attempt to educate the public about the possible health benefits derived through the use of emu oil based products and consumption of low cholesterol, low fat emu meat.   This site contains personal testimonies and professional observations.   We encourage people to contact their family physicians regarding any health problems they may have for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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