High cholesterol can cause a host of health problems, including weight gain and increased risk of heart disease. But you don't have to suffer from high cholesterol a moment longer. Take these simple, healthy steps to lower your cholesterol and restore more normal cholesterol levels.
Eat Healthy Fats
All dietary fats are not the same. Unsaturated fats can help reduce high cholesterol levels, while saturated fats can exacerbate them. Worst of all are trans fats, which not only increase levels of LDL or "bad" cholesterol but also decrease levels of HDL or "good" cholesterol.
Polyunsaturated fats reduce LDL levels and lower the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, while monounsaturated fats do that and protect HDL levels. Sources of monounsaturated fats include avocados, olive oil and olives, canola oil, and tree nuts like cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts. Sources of polyunsaturated fats include fatty fish, such as mackerel, salmon, albacore tuna, and herring.
Whether or not you need to lose weight, exercising regularly can increase HDL levels and decrease LDL levels. It can also prevent obesity and improve general cardiovascular health. Even brief rounds of low-impact exercises can have a pronounced benefit. Still, the higher the workout's intensity, meaning the higher you get your heart rate, and the longer you keep it there, the greater the cholesterol benefit. And if you are obese or overweight, try to shed some of that excess weight, as it can also help you to lower your cholesterol.
Avoid Tobacco and Minimize Alcohol
Drinking alcoholic beverages to excess and smoking cigarettes or other tobacco products can have a dual negative impact on your cholesterol levels: increasing bad cholesterol and decreasing good cholesterol. Small quantities of alcohol can increase acceptable cholesterol levels and lower heart disease risk. It can also help with the removal of cholesterol from the blood and arterial walls and transmission of it back to the liver for storage or removal. As for smoking, it impedes the body's ability to bring cholesterol to the liver to break down or be stored.
Take Supplements for Cholesterol
Certain herbs possess properties to help restore cholesterol levels to more normal ranges. Farlong Pharmaceutical's GlucoPure contains extracts of several of the most potent of these, including:
GlucoPure also contains several mineral supplements for high cholesterol, including chromium, zinc, alpha-lipoic acid, and vanadium sulfate. Farlong combines these cholesterol supplements in a proprietary formula that works to improve blood sugar levels and glucose metabolism in the body, thereby relieving high cholesterol.
Another supplement for cholesterol and heart health is Coenzyme Q10, which was found in studies to reduce total cholesterol levels. Farlong Pharmaceutical provides CoQ10 as well, in its CoQ10 supplement.