Are you worried about high cholesterol and want to know how to control it?
Find out about certain natural substances that can work as lipid-lowering agents without causing these problems.
You are right to worry, because it is a risk to your health. You probably lead a healthy lifestyle, but there are also food supplements that can help you achieve your goal. Let’s talk about some plants and natural ingredients that you may be interested to know about.
What is cholesterol?
A lipid substance that can be obtained from the diet or synthesised in the body. It is essential due to its many functions and circulates in the blood bound to molecular conglomerates called lipoproteins, which are generally differentiated into two classes: low-density and high-density lipoproteins. The cholesterol transported by the former is called LDL, or “bad”, and that of the latter is HDL, or “good”. Increased cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood is called dyslipidaemia and is a metabolic disorder. It is the cause of atherosclerosis, as high “bad” cholesterol is responsible for the formation of atheroma plaques. It is these lesions in the arteries that lead to cardiovascular disease. Commonly used cholesterol-lowering drugs can have adverse effects. For this reason, you may want to know about certain natural substances that can work as lipid-lowering agents without causing these problems.
Do you know these natural components?: Dyslipidaemia is present in approximately 40% of Spaniards, which is high. Fortunately, there are food supplements with natural ingredients that could help you to keep your cholesterol levels within normal limits.
Guggul: The active substance called guggulipid could reduce total and LDL cholesterol levels, while increasing good or HDL cholesterol.
Berberine: It acts in a similar way to statins, but without their side effects. It would control several factors that affect the appearance of plaques.
Olive: The polyphenols in the leaves prevent oxidation of cholesterol and damage to the lining of the arteries.
Fermented red yeast rice: The fungus Monascus purpureus contains an active ingredient called monacolin K, which can block hepatic cholesterol synthesis.
Lactobacillus reuteri: This probiotic bacterium from the gut microbiota appears to reduce cholesterol absorption by several mechanisms.
Niacin: This substance may be useful in increasing HDL lipoproteins.
Sugar cane: The juice extract contains policosanol, which may reduce hepatic cholesterol synthesis.
Coenzyme Q10: Coenzyme Q10 supplementation may improve the prognosis of cardiovascular disease by inhibiting the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
Chromium: The probable reduction of total and LDL cholesterol in people with insufficient intake has been detected.
How are you going to use natural supplements?
Medercol is a product of Méderi Integrative Nutrition that contains all the active ingredients of vegetable origin mentioned above. These include guggul resin, olive leaf extract and berberine. To control cholesterol, you only need to take one tablet daily with a glass of water.
High cholesterol is a cardiovascular risk factor that we can control with certain measures. If you want more information about the effects of some plants, we have published a detailed article in our blog. In Méderi Nutrition we offer you products of the highest quality made with natural extracts.