Cholesterol is a natural by product of the liver and is a vital component of good health. Every cell in our body has cholesterol in its outer layer. Even many physicians, who should know better, still argue that cholesterol is evil and that sticking to a low-fat diet is good for health. But the fact of the matter is that avoiding fats is toxic to your health, and consuming the many food additives that commonly replace them – these include synthetic trans fats, refined sugars, and processed grains – are a primary cause of disease-causing inflammation.
It all makes sense if you just stop and consider the native role cholesterol plays in protecting arteries against lesions and other damage. Rather than being the cause of plaque buildup in the circulatory system, cholesterol is actually the healing agent the body sends to sites that have been damaged by inflammation. In other words, if you have too much cholesterol buildup in your arteries, your real problem is too much inflammation rather than too much cholesterol, and a whole different mitigatory approach is required to address the problem.
“It’s the inflammation in the vessels that starts the lesion,” says Dr. Beverly Teter, a lipid biochemist from the University of Maryland who has been researching fats and their affect on the human body for many years, as quoted by CBN.com. “The body then sends the cholesterol like a scab to cover over it to protect the blood system and the vessel wall from further damage.”
8 Ways to Reduce Cholesterol Naturally
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass essential oil has been clinically proven to lower cholesterol. Lemongrass is one of the most effective anti-microbial essential oils available. It possesses a variety of important substances that support the immune system. It is a analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent as well. It can be taken internally or topically.
Cinnamon Essential Oil
The primary components of cinnamon are cinnamaldehyde, gum, tannin, mannitol, coumarins and the essential oils known as aldehydes, eugenol and pinene. Recent studies have found that consuming 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon each day may reduce blood sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels by as much as 20%. (where to find)
Blueberries are known to help keep your arteries clear by reducing blood levels of artery-clogging LDL’s. Blueberries have a very high antioxidant levels, which is very beneficial for the cardiovascular system. They also contain pterostilbene, which lowers cholesterol.
Clove Essential OIl
Clove is also known for its anti-infectious, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Clove also has the largest antioxidant value of any single essential oil known to man. The active essential oil in clove, eugenol, has been found to act as a an effective platelet inhibitor, preventing blood clots.
Magnesium activates over 300 different biochemical reactions necessary for your body to function properly. When the body is magnesium deficient, cholesterol continues to be produced in excess, which may cause cholesterol build-up. In The Magnesium Miracle, Dr Carolyn Dean tells you how magnesium acts as a natural statin, limiting cholesterol production and preventing cholesterol build-up. Besides getting magnesium through your diet, applying magnesium oil topically can also be helpful.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to reduce inflammation. Vitamin C aids in clearing the blood vessels. It triggers a enzyme that breaks down cholesterol and triglycerides into free fatty acids. This process helps prevent fatty deposits from clinging to the walls of the arteries, which are best known for reducing ir eliminating blood flow to the heart and brain.
The latest study from Malaysia showed how coconut oil can potentially reduce pain and inflammation. Coconut oil (where to find) contains lauric acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties. It has been shown that lauric acid increases the good (HDL) cholesterol levels in the blood, helping to improve LDL/HDL ratio levels.
Coconut oil lowers cholesterol by promoting its conversion to pregnenolone, a molecule that is a precursor to many of the hormones our bodies.
Cod Liver Oil
Cod liver oil is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that reduces inflammation and clotting. It is important that you are using a high quality oil that was created with the right type of production method.
The Health-Care Survivor’s Comment
I would also add Serrapeptase and, Curcumin to the list, given above.
Serrapeptase is processed commercially in the laboratory through fermentation. It was originally found in the silkworm where it is naturally present in its intestine. This immunologically active enzyme is completely bound to the alpha 2 macroglobulin in biological fluids. Histologic studies reveal powerful anti-inflammatory effects of this naturally occurring enzyme. The silkworm has a special relationship with the Serratia E15 micro-organisms in its intestines. The enzymes secreted by the bacteria in silkworm intestines have the ability to dissolve avital tissue, but have no detrimental effect on the host’s living cells. Thus by dissolving the silkworm’s protective cocoon (avital tissue), the winged creature is able to emerge and fly away.
The mechanisms of action of Serrapeptase, at the sites of various inflammatory processes consist fundamentally of a reduction of the exudative phenomena and an inhibition of the release of the inflammatory mediators. This peptidase induces fragmentation of fibrinous aggregates and reduces the viscosity of exudates, thus facilitating drainage of these products of the inflammatory response and thereby promoting the tissue repair process. Studies suggest that Serrapeptase has a modulatory effect on specific acute phase proteins that are involved in the inflammatory process. This is substantiated by a report of significant reductions in C3 and C4 complement, increases in opsonising protein and reductions in concentrations of haptoglobin, which is a scavenger protein that inhibits lysosomal protease.
Curcumin has been an integral part of My Serrapeptase Adventure, which charts my own escape from the toxic cocktail of prescription medication and return to naturally sustained good health. I have chosen to take Curcumin, rather than turmeric because the active curcuminoids represent a small proportion of the total amount of turmeric. Furthermore, turmeric offers poor levels of bioavailability, unless it is combined with substances, which enable better levels of absorption by the body. It is for this reason that I have chosen to take CurcuminX4000 and Serranol, which incorporate Phytosomes.
Phytosomes are plant extracts bound to phosphatidylcholine (fos-fa-tidal-ko-leen), which is an essential component of human cells. Our bodies make phosphatidylcholine, but we can also get it from food and supplements. When taken orally, phosphatidylcholine is very well absorbed. To improve absorption, scientists found a way to attach Curcumin to phosphatidylcholine – the result is CurcuminX4000 When you take CurcuminX4000 your body readily absorbs the phosphatidylcholine and the Curcumin attached to it, resulting in more Curcumin reaching the cells that can benefit from it.