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How to Lower Cholesterol Naturally Without Medication
If you wish to know how to lower cholesterol naturally and without medication, it is important to get some basic background information on cholesterol first.
This way, you will have a deeper understanding of how the natural tips described here can work in helping to lower cholesterol levels.
First though, take a few minutes to listen to Dr. Morrell on the subject of preventing and lowering high cholesterol. It really is a rather excellent summary.
Although he refers to the British NHS near the end, the principles he alludes to are true for whichever health authority you come under...
What is Cholesterol and Where Does it Come From?
What Cholesterol Is
The word cholesterol comes from the Greek: "chole" meaning bile and "stereos" meaning stiff or solid.
Cholesterol exists in all animals—including us of course—and is a waxy-like lipid (fat) which is mostly produced in the liver and helps the body to carry out several important functions. These are things such as:
- the making and maintenance of the body's cells outer membranes
- the production of bile salts for the digestive process
- the conversion of sunlight on the skin to vitamin D
- the creation of the sex hormones, androgens, estrogens
- the production of adrenal gland hormones, cortisol, corticosterone, aldosterone.
- the insulation of nerve fibers
So you see, cholesterol is not a bad thing at all, on the contrary, it is vital for your survival. Seriously, you would die without it.
Rather, the problem arises when your cholesterol levels are too high which can lead to several health issues including heart disease and stroke.
Where Cholesterol Comes From
The two sources of cholesterol are your own body and the food you consume.
This may come as a surprise to many people under the mistaken impression that cholesterol comes only from the food they eat.
In fact, even if you never ate any food with cholesterol, your body would still produce the 1,000 mg or so of cholesterol it needs for proper functioning.
Cholesterol is found in every cell in your body. It is mainly produced in your liver with some also made in the small intestine and, of course, your body's cells.
The liver is so good at producing cholesterol it can even supplement the amount produced by the cells themselves when required. This is especially important for those cells that require a lot of cholesterol, e.g. in the production of sex hormones.
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Around 85% of the total cholesterol found in your body is actually made by your body (called blood cholesterol) and the rest through the food you eat (dietary cholesterol).
Fortunately, a healthy body is very good at regulating the amount of cholesterol it produces to meet its needs.
The Food You Eat
Dietary cholesterol accounts for around 15% of your total cholesterol in a healthy body. This comes from animal sources, e.g. meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products since animal cells have cholesterol in the same way that we humans have.
Plant-type foods such as vegetables and fruit do not contain cholesterol.