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How to Lower Cholesterol Naturally - Not too Low Not too High!

Apr 1, 2008
Cholesterol, and how bad it is for you, has been big news lately. Whether it is the surge of lower fat and lower cholesterol diet products or the scare of heart disease and other complications, more and more people are starting to wonder whether their cholesterol levels are low enough. However, cholesterol is more than just a bad guy in the diet world.

It is not hard to find out about the evils of cholesterol. After all, it is known to block the arteries that carry blood throughout the body, leading to the potential of a heart attack or stroke. And of course one of its primary sources is fat, which has long been the plague of dieters around the world. But is it possible for your cholesterol to get too low?

The total cholesterol in the body is the combination of both good and bad cholesterol. The high density lipoprotein, HDL, is the good cholesterol and the low density lipoprotein, LDL, is the bad cholesterol. The total cholesterol should not be less then 160mg/DL and the good cholesterol should be above 100mg/DL.

The bad cholesterol, LDL, is the one that forms a sticky layer around the arteries if not transport back to liver. HDL the good cholesterol is the transporter that brings excess LDL back to be metabolized.

It is important to know what made up the total cholesterol level in the body. If the high total cholesterol level comprise of high HDL cholesterol, it is relatively healthier then a person who has lower total cholesterol level but mostly LDL cholesterol.

Cholesterol is an essential part of the body and our liver produces and metabolized it. It is important because it is used for cell maintenance and the production of hormones. We all need cholesterol from the time we are born. Breast fed baby tend to have higher cholesterol then formula fed babies. However, breast fed baby also adapt to metabolized cholesterol much better. The body adaptation brings benefit to adulthood as they are at lower risk of heart attack, stroke and other cholesterol related issues.

New study and research have shown that too low a cholesterol level does more damage to the physical wellness than it should. Very low cholesterol level has been linked to anxiety, depression and even suicide. This is due to the decrease level of serotonin or the "feel good" neurotransmitter in the brain, which is related to very low cholesterol level. One of the study even shows a drastically increase of risk to accidental death. There are some suggestion that certain form of cancer could be related to very low cholesterol level.

All in all, the best thing you can do is find a health balance for your cholesterol levels - not too high and not too low - to reduce the majority of your risks of complications.
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