How to Get Rid of Plaque and Bring Your Cholesterol Level
Cholesterol refers to a fatty substance which is an important part of the
cell membrane in animal body. It is a form of lipid cholesterol and is also found in the blood circulation of human
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Cholesterol gets deposited in the blood stream through two different
sources. It can be originated through the dietary intake or through the liver production. Dietary cholesterol
mainly comes from the dairy products like meat, poultry, and fishes. The liver can remove cholesterol from the
blood stream and can also secrete cholesterol.
Plaque can be of many types. However, it is generally referred to as an
abnormal and unhealthy condition. There is dental plaque which produces a biofilm over the teeth. If it is not
removed regularly it can cause cavity or periodontal problems. Atheromatous plaque is a type of plaque caused due
to the cholesterol that occurs mostly in human beings. It is mostly seen that there is an accumulation and swelling
in the walls of the artery made up of cells. The cells contain lipids that are cholesterol and fatty acids which
are deposited and accumulated to constrict the arterial canal.
How plaque and cholesterol is related?
Cholesterol is needed in smaller amount to generate certain hormones and
to maintain healthy nerve cells. Cholesterol is mostly produced in the liver that is carried to the blood stream in
the form of lipoproteins. Lipoproteins may be low density lipoproteins (LDL) and high density lipoproteins (HDL).
LDL is the main carrier of cholesterol into the blood stream and is referred to as bad cholesterol. LDL deposits
the cholesterol in the arterial walls bringing the formation of cholesterol plaque. Gradually the cholesterol
plaque leads to the thickening of the walls of the artery and narrowing down the arteries. This disease is called
arteriosclerosis. Cholesterol is the main cause of plaque build up and results in heart attacks. High cholesterol
can also lead to some other serious disorders of liver, kidneys, diabetes and under active thyroid
How serious can high cholesterol be?
If cholesterol level is reduced, it also reduces the risk of death of the
person from heart diseases. If you already suffered from heart disease then lower cholesterol can help you to live
longer. High LDL causes arteriosclerosis. This arteriosclerosis lead to the narrowing of the artery and
incapability of supplying sufficient oxygen and blood to the heart muscle. Lack of oxygen results in chest pain.
Blood may clot due to the fatty acid deposit on the arterial walls that entirely block the artery. The risk of high
cholesterol increases if there are high blood pressure and smoking habits. Blood cholesterol may start forming at
the age of 20 and may increase more in 40. It is at this time that the excess cholesterol gets deposited on the
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Why HDL is considered as good cholesterol?
HDL is considered as the good cholesterol because it helps in removing
the accumulated plaque. It also helps in removing cholesterol from blood. In doing so, it also help in clearing the
cholesterol plaque from the arteries.
How high cholesterol is treated?
To remove high cholesterol the preliminary steps to be taken is to
control the diet, to lose weight and to do exercises. It will help in lowering the blood cholesterol and prevent
the occurrence of the coronary heart diseases. If you are a smoker then you should stop smoking in order to remove
the risk of heart disease due to the high cholesterol. If these measures are not enough then try some medicines
recommended by doctors. Medicines that treat high blood cholesterol level includes: Statins, it helps in removing
LDL from blood; Niacin, a B vitamin that do not allow the body to produce high cholesterol etc. It is very
important to check your cholesterol level regularly.
Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels can greatly reduce your risk of
cardiovascular disease. What makes cholesterol so important? It gives your body the ability to repair cell
membranes, creates vitamin D and helps to produce necessary hormones. When cholesterol levels become too high they
interfere with these critical body functions and put you at risk for heart complications.
What do the numbers mean? Total cholesterol is the sum of three main
factors. Theses are LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol (bad kind), HDL (high density lipoprotein)
cholesterol (good kind) and blood triglycerides. Healthy total cholesterol is under 200mg/dL with 180 mg/dL being
optimal. LDL cholesterol should be under 100 mg/dL, HDL should be over 40 mg/dL and blood triglyceride levels under
150 mg/dL. When is cholesterol considered too high? When total cholesterol is over 240mg/dL with LDL levels over
160 mg/dL, HDL levels under 40 mg/dL and blood triglycerides 200 mg/dL you are at risk.
There are plenty of ways to help reduce cholesterol levels naturally.
Medications are widely available but have been known to cause muscle pains and inflict damage on the liver.
Lowering levels naturally is a much safer alternative. Natural remedies can also save you money on your
It is important to note that roughly 20% of cholesterol comes from your
diet while nearly 80% comes from your liver. So changes in your diet may need to be taken further by adding
nutritional supplements to your daily regimen. Cholesterol levels should be checked at least once every five years
for people aged 20 or older. Use the following tips to help maintain healthy levels.
- Cut back on consuming sugar, white flower, rich desserts and fried
- Switch to using healthy oils such as olive or walnut oil.
- Eat baked or poached fish a few nights a week.
- Consume more soluble fiber such as apples, barley, oats, psyllium, kidney beans and pears.
- Eat more nuts such as pecans, hazelnuts, peanuts, pistachios and walnuts.
- Load up on leafy and green vegetables during mealtimes. These include lettuce, broccoli, spinach and green
- Switch to eating whole grain foods instead of starchy white bread and pastas.
- Eat more fruits and berries. These are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients.
- Soy can lower bad cholesterol by three percent.
- Exercise at least 30 minutes on most or all days of the week.
When an altered diet is not enough to maintain healthy cholesterol
levels, you may want to consider taking some nutritional supplements. Always follow directions specified on labels
and be sure to contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Below are some natural supplements that
can help you achieve your goals.
- Octacosanol is derived from wheat germ oil. It is proven to reduce
total cholesterol levels.
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids come from fish oil and flax seed oil. These not
only help lower cholesterol but also reduce inflammation, a common risk factor associated with cardiovascular
- Garlic can lower total levels.
- Niacin is a B vitamin that can help decrease cholesterol when used in
larger doses. It lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol.
- Chromium (GTF) which aids in metabolizing sugars can help lower overall
- Guggul which is made from herbs is a medicine to help rid the body of
- Always follow your doctors advice before starting any natural
Are you steadily gaining weight as you eat more than you can burn off? On
top of that, do you hate exercise and feel stress at work? If your answer is yes to either question, your risk of
getting heart disease is two to four times higher than a normal healthy person. For the sake of your heart and well
being, you need to take action quickly to reduce the risk.
Here are five steps that you can take to reduce your risk of heart attack
1. Assess your risk level. If you have a family member with
cardiovascular risk, your risk of getting heart disease will be higher. If you are a diabetic, your risk is also
higher as high blood sugar levels are frequently associated with narrowing of blood vessels. If you are 40 or
older, your risk will also increase considerably. The same goes for smokers. A cigarette a day has a dramatic
reduction in your cardiovascular health in the long run.
2. Make positive changes to your diet. Your diet has a huge impact on
your cardiovascular health. Limit your intake of foods with high calories or high sugar content. Reduce your intake
of salt to less than six grams a day. At the same time, you should consume a variety of whole grain products,
vegetables and fruits. You should also drink more water to flush toxins from your body.
3. Start an exercise program. If your lifestyle is primarily sedentary,
your cardiovascular health is unlikely to be in optimum. You should engage in some form of physical activity for at
least 30 minutes three to four times a week. Activities such as brisk walking, slow jogging, cycling and inline
skating are very beneficial to your heart. Swimming is another excellent choice as it is a low impact exercise that
works on your whole body and can do wonders for your heart.
4. Develop healthy stress relief habits. Stress is a major contributor to
heart disease as it increases your blood pressure. There are many people who are stressed out without realizing it.
Take time off each day to engage in activities that relax your mind and body. This can be listening to classical
music, yoga workout or meditation. In fact, it can be as simple as reading a book you love. It is advisable to
engage in stress relief activities on a daily basis.
5. Take note of these warning symptoms. The burning sensation in your
chest may be an indication of an impending heart attack. Other symptoms include shortness of breath, tightness in
the neck, jaw and chest area. Consult a doctor before these symptoms get worse.
Heart disease is a major cause of death in many developed countries. You
can help to reduce the risk by following a healthy diet and regular exercise routine. Learning more about the
various heart disease symptoms and other prevention methods can also help you to win the battle against heart
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