Cholesterol is manufactured in the liver and either remains there, or is released into the bloodstream. cholesterol cannot dissolve in the blood on its own, so it becomes attached to special particles called lipoproteins. The two main types of lipoprotein are low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which carries cholesterol from the liver to the other cells in the body, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which returns excess cholesterol from the cells to the liver.
LDL is known as “bad” cholesterol because it tends to be deposited in the lining of the arteries. This in turn causes atherosclerosis, in which the arteries to become narrowed, restricting the bloodflow and hence the supply of oxygen and other vital nutrients. The consequences of atherosclerosis depend on its location. Atherosclerosis in an artery supplying the heart can lead to chest pain (angina) and ultimately, to a heart attack. Atherosclerosis in the arteries leading to the brain can cause a stroke or mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack) while in the leg arteries, the condition can cause pain when walking (claudication) and even gangrene.
It may be possible to lower levels through simple lifestyle changes, such as losing excess weight, taking more exercise, and following a low-fat diet. Not all dietary fats are bad for you, and the amount of cholesterol you eat is not strongly related to cholesterol levels in the blood. Instead, a tendency to having high cholesterol is largely an inherited characteristic that is aggravated by eating too much saturated fat. High cholesterol can also be a consequence of other medical conditions such as diabetes, liver or kidney disease, or an underactive thyroid.
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For years, many health conscious people have sprinkled soya lecithin on their breakfast. This granulated formula contains ‘super’ lecithin, which is specially enriched with phosphatidyl choline (PC), a phospholipid involved in brain function. Lecithin is also used by the body to emulsify fats in the liver. Sprinkle on cereal, cooked or fresh food, or mixed into juices or soups.1 heaped teaspoon 1-3 times a day with meals, or as directed by a health care professional.
Acidophilus is renowned to be of use for the balance of good and bad
bacteria in the bowel. It can be used to return the intestinal flora to
normal, healthy levels (natural flora levels may be affected by fungus
or antibiotics). Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum
form part of the body’s normal micro-flora and encourage a healthy
intestinal environment, promoting proper digestion and immune
function and supporting the body’s natural defences against infection,
inflammation, and disease.
The addition of FOS (fructooligosaccharides - short chain fatty acids),
which act as fuel for the growth and maintenance of beneficial gut
flora, makes this formula especially useful in cases of dysbiosis due to
pathogentic bacteria, fungal overgrowth, or following antibiotic use.
FOS have been shown to help improve calcium and magnesium
absorption, balance gut Ph, improve lipid profiles, and strengthen the
Today’s diet is vastly different from that of our ancestors, lacking
both the variety and quantity of essential nutrients. Deficiencies are
increasingly widespread. One of the most common of these is essential
While most essential fatty acids can be synthesized in the body,
omegas 3 and 6 need to be supplemented through the diet. Flaxseed is
the richest plant source of omega 3’s.
Omega 3 fatty acids are the building blocks of cell membranes and
proper functioning of the cell depends on the integrity of these membranes.
Omega 3’s benefit nearly every body system and have been shown to
help reduce heart disease, cholesterol, strokes, inflammatory diseases,
including skin conditions such as eczema, and offer support to the
immune system, nervous system, and joints.
Flaxseed oil is high in lignans, gentle plant hormones that contribute
to oestogen balance. It is also a good source of B vitamins, potassium,
lecithin, magnesium, fibre, protein, and zinc.
Yucca is rich in steroid sapinins. It is traditionally used for cleaning the
colon and regulating colonic bacteria as it is believed to have powerful
antifungal and antibacterial properties. Yucca has a cleansing action in
the bowel, and by enhancing proper elimination, yucca supports overall
detoxification in the body.
NutriVital Yucca may support healthy cholesterol balance. It is rich in
saponins which have a gentle foaming action in the intestines. Saponins
bind to cholesterol, preventing it from being reabsorbed and causing its
elimination via the bowel.
Yucca saponins block the release of toxins from bacteria in the intestines
which inhibit normal formation of cartilage. This may give Yucca an
important role in slowing the progression and reducing the symptoms
of chronic degenerative diseases, joint inflammation, arthritis, and
rheumatism. Further benefits reported include migraine relief, lower blood
pressure, and cholesterol and triglyceride reduction.
Yucca increases nitrogen retention by up to 35% by
blocking the urease enzyme responsible for converting
the nitrogen from proteins to urea, making it of interest
to athletes and bodybuilders.
Yucca also contains vitamins A, B, and C, potassium,
calcium, phosphorus, iron, manganese and copper.