Posted by: vmbhonde | एप्रिल 6, 2010

CHOLESTEROL

Something to crow about on ‘Cholesterol’ the much dreaded word. 

This is a word people hate…       The “C” word.  Cholesterol. The cholesterol scare is big business for doctors. It’s big business for labs.  And it’s biggedy big Big BIG business for drug companies.
It’s also a powerful marketing gimmick for the food giants who market cholesterol-free oils and margarine.  When you hear the word cholesterol, most people automatically think “heart disease.”
But 99% of the time cholesterol is a GOOD thing.
Did you know that?
Let me explain:
What exactly is cholesterol?
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A hard, waxy substance that melts at 300 degrees Fahrenheit, cholesterol is essential for your health.
6 vital functions of cholesterol in your body:

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1- Cholesterol compensates for changes in your cell membranes  Your intake of fatty acids varies from day to day, and  this either increases the fluidity of your cell membranes or makes them harden up.  Cholesterol is a regulating factor, helping your cells retain just the right fluidity they need to function effectively.
2- Cholesterol helps produce important hormones
Your body makes the male sex hormone testosterone and the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone from cholesterol.  I don’t think I need to explain the importance of those🙂
It also makes adrenal hormones from cholesterol.  They help regulate the water balance in your kidneys, suppress inflammation, and help your body use glucose for the “fight or flight” response when you’re under stress.
3- Cholesterol makes Vitamin D
Your body makes Vitamin D from cholesterol.  Vitamin D is essential for calcium and phosphorus metabolism, which keeps your bones strong and helps reduce your risk of osteoporosis.
Also, a deficiency of Vitamin D has been implicated as a contributing factor to the development of multiple sclerosis (MS).
4- Cholesterol makes bile acids
Bile acids are made from cholesterol.  You need bile acids to digest and absorb fats, oils, and fat-soluble vitamins from foods.
5- Cholesterol protects your skin
Cholesterol is secreted by glands in your skin.  It covers and protects your skin against dehydration, the wear and tear of sun, wind and water, and also helps wounds heal and
protects against infections.
6- Cholesterol pinch-hits as an antioxidant
Cholesterol can even function as an antioxidant, helping your body fight damage from free radicals.
Clearly, cholesterol itself is not the devil.
EXCESS cholesterol is.
That’s when it builds up and clogs your arteries, making you a candidate for heart attack or stroke.
Cholesterol is not found in the plant kingdom.  You only ingest cholesterol by eating meat.
But what a lot of people don’t realize is that in addition to getting cholesterol from meats, your body also manufactures it from the breakdown of sugars, fats and proteins.
And that’s where people eating a typical Western diet loaded with meat, sugary foods and high fat boxed, bagged, and canned foods run into trouble with too much cholesterol.
But here’s good news:  999 out of every 1,000 people can  control their cholesterol level and cardiovascular health naturally.
It just involves two easy steps:
1- Incorporate more fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains into your diet, and less meat, fatty and sugary foods.
2- Take probiotic nutritional supplements.
That’s right.  Studies consistently show that probiotics can reduce excess blood cholesterol levels, thereby reducing risk of cardiovascular disease.
They do this in 3 different ways:
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1- Probiotics create the types of acids that slow cholesterol production
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As probiotic bacteria digest fiber in your intestines,
they produce acids.  One of the acids (called proprionic acid) decreases production of cholesterol by the liver.
Less cholesterol made by the liver means less cholesterol flowing through your veins.
(By the way, this is how statins are designed to work too. But probiotics are natural to the body and so they have none of the dangerous side effects of statins.)
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2- They break down bile acids
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Bile acids are needed to digest fats and are made by your liver from cholesterol.
Now, normally your liver “recycles” bile acids and uses them over and over.  But probiotics break down your bile acids, so your liver has to make more…and it uses up more cholesterol in the
process.
More cholesterol used to make bile acids means less in your bloodstream.
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3- They chow down on cholesterol
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Probiotic bacteria have been shown to break down cholesterol and use it for nourishment.  That’s less cholesterol around to wreak havoc in your arteries.
Helping to naturally reduce your cholesterol (or help keep it at a good level if you don’t have a cholesterol problem) is yet another reason to take pharmaceutical- grade probiotic formula every day.
Lactobacillus Acidophilus DDS-1, is a superstar when it comes to fighting cholesterol.
L. Acidophilus DDS-1 “eats” cholesterol like I mentioned above.  It also helps digest proteins and carbs, and produces B vitamins, folic acid, and lactase (which reduces lactose intolerance).
It is also a major part of the vaginal flora where it works to prevent yeast infections in women.
If you’re worried about high cholesterol, don’t think that dangerous statins are the ticket.  They are not.  In fact, they can do a lot more harm than good.

To your health

suhas patil” <surapasa@hotmail.com    4/2/10


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