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  • Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found among the lipids (fats) in the bloodstream and in all your body’s cells. It’s an important part of a healthy body because it’s used to form cell membranes, some hormones and is needed for other functions. But a high level of cholesterol in the blood — hypercholesterolemia — is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, which leads to heart attack.

    Cholesterol and other fats can’t dissolve in the blood. They have to be transported to and from the cells by special carriers called lipoproteins. There are several kinds, but the ones to focus on are low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

    Having an 8.2 Cholesterol is a tiny bit high so here are some suggestiond on how to lower your cholesterol…

    1. Know your numbers. If you get a high blood cholesterol level test get another test. Make it hypodermically drawn and analyzed at a laboratory certified by the federal Centers for Disease Control for testing blood lipids. If the second measurement- which should be done one to eight weeks after the first- is within 30 points of the original reading, then take the average of the two tests as your cholesterol level. If the discrepancy is more than 30 points, have a third test done in another one to eight weeks. The average of the three tests is your cholesterol level.

    If your level is 240 or more get a lipoprotein analysis, which will reveal your levels of LDL and HDL as well as your levels of triglycerides. For this test you should fast 10 to 12 hours before having it done.

    2. Eat whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and low-fat fish.

    3. Eat cholesterol lowering foods. These include: whole grains such as brown rice, barley, and oats; legumes; fruit; vegetables, especially leafy greens, broccoli, and roots; omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in salmon, sardines, and other deep, cold water fish; onions, one to two ounces per day; scallions; garlic; shiitake and reishi mushrooms.

    4. Good herbs for cholesterol include: garlic, 5-20 grams/day; hawthorn, leaves 80 mg 2 times a day; capsaicin, before meals; ginkgo biloba, 40 mg 3 times a day.

    5. Taking 600-900 mg of garlic powder capsules every day for 3-4 months lowered cholesterol levels by 14 to 21 percent and triglycerides by 18-24 percent.

    6. Garlic has been shown to decrease the rate of cholesterol synthesis. Both raw and processed garlic contain several compounds (ajoene, 2-vinyl-4H-1, 3-dithiin, and diallythiosulfinate allicin) that inhibit an enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase) which is necessary for the synthesis of cholesterol. Supplementation of peripheral arterial occlusive disease patients ( a form of atherosclerosis so severe that there is trouble even walking) with encapsulated garlic powder (800 mg/day) improved walking distance, reduced blood pressure, reduced spontaneous platelet aggregation , and decreased total and LDL cholesterol levels in the blood.

    7. Helpful supplements include: Vitamin C, 100-500 mg/day; Vitamin E, dry form, 60-100 I.U. / day; beta-carotene, 20 mg/day; water soluble fiber from oats, brown rice, legumes, and fruit.

    8. Chronic stress raises cholesterol levels. Follow a meditation, imaging or relaxation technique.

    9. Bile is the major route for excretion of cholesterol. Ensure proper bile functioning.

    10. Dandelion leaves are regarded as one of the finest liver remedies, both as food and medicine. Studies have shown that dandelion enhances the flow of bile. It causes an increase in bile production and flow to the gallbladder (choleretic effect) and stimulates the gallbladder to contract and release the stored bile (cholagogue effect) into the intestine. Dandelion also increases the elimination of toxins from the liver. Eat dandelion greens liberally. Take Liver bitter herbs.

    11. Artichoke leaf (cynara scolymus) extracts increase the excretion of bile from the liver. This effect is so potent that artichoke extracts are now used as cholesterol lowering agents. In one study 500 mg/day of cynarin lowered blood cholesterol by 20 % and triglycerides by 15 %. Eat artichokes liberally.

    12. The common spice turmeric contains the yellow pigment curcumin which increases the flow of bile from the liver and decreases blood cholesterol levels. It is especially effective in lowering cholesterol levels. In experiments with rats fed large amounts of cholesterol it decreased blood levels 50%. Use turmeric liberally as a spice, 300 mg curcumin three times a day.

    13. Increased blood levels of cholesterol, free fatty acids, triglycerides, and bile acids inhibit various immune functions, including the ability of lymphocytes to proliferate and produce antibodies and the ability of neutrophils to migrate to areas of infections and engulf and destroy infectious organisms.

    14. Relying on conventional medical cholesterol lowering drugs only may not be the best strategy. A worldwide research project found that although clofibrate decreased cholesterol levels, it actually increased the mortality rate 36%. While it may decrease mortality from heart disease, the drug’s side effects increase other causes far more.

    15. Trans-fatty acids in margarine, shortening and many processed foods and elevated levels of blood sugar interfere with normal cholesterol metabolism. Avoid them.

    16. Coffee poses a problem for those with elevated cholesterol levels. Some coffee bean oils (Arabica) contain a high proportion of a compound called kahweol, which raises triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Some types of coffee (Robusta) have no kahweol and do not elevate cholesterol. Coffee brewed with paper filters has lower levels of kahweol (the filter paper absorbs the kahweol) and percolated coffee has the highest.

  • A white crystalline substance, C27H45OH, found in animal tissues and various foods, that is normally synthesized by the liver and is important as a constituent of cell membranes and a precursor to steroid hormones. Its level in the bloodstream can influence the pathogenesis of certain conditions, such as the development of atherosclerotic plaque and coronary artery disease.

    The safe range of cholesterol intake is:
    200-400 milligrams per day.

    Cholesterol is not found in plant foods – cereals, fruit, nuts, and vegetables. The amount of cholesterol in food depends on the amount of animal produce used.

    Unfortunately, it can also accumulate in the inner parts of arteries, leading to progressive reduction in the diameter of blood vessels and in blood flow. This in turn leads to heart attacks, angina, abnormal heart rhythms and heart failure when the vessels affected are the coronary arteries supplying the heart. Arteries supplying blood to the brain, the legs, the kidneys and the gut can also be affected.

  • Something that is in food and it kills you if u get to much of it, but you dont have to worry about it if u are young 🙂

  • In a word, "fatty gunk", produced naturally in our bodies and also present in foods.

  • cholesterol is what your moma is made out of

  • I heard that if it was cut into it would be just like liquid yellow crayon.

  • You might be confusing it with something else… a healthy cholesterol level is <200. Sadly, most people have total cholesterol levels of >240. Your HDL (good cholesterol) should be >40, while keeping your LDL (bad cholesterol) under 130.

    You might be thinking of the ratio of good cholesterol to bad or total cholesterol. Ratios are something that your doctor can explain, but a cholesterol level of 8.2 isn’t really a reading of cholesterol.