Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Your Cholesterol

Humans and animals alike need cholesterol to sustain our health of the outer membrane cells.Cholesterol circulates in the blood and deposits in our  body tissues in forms of the so called fatty lipids (steroids) and alcohol 9no, not the one you actually drink). Cholesterol is maintained at balanced levels that must not exceed what our body needs.

Let find out first about how cholesterol functions and affects body metabolism before we ever discuss eliminating its excesses. When you hear your doctor mentioning of cholesterol, he is addressing to the low-density lipoproteins (LDL), considered the “bad cholesterol”. The way lipoproteins act as the carrier molecules, it deposit the LDL to the walls of the arteries that cause it to thicken and lose their elasticity, which makes it harder for normal blood to pass – causing arthrosclerosis. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is “good cholesterol.”

One of the various uses of good cholesterol act as anti-oxidant, that aids to digest fats essential to the functions of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.

What Are The Main Sources of Good Cholesterol:

1. The 75% of good cholesterol comes from within the body, as it is  produced by synthesizing from liver, central nervous system (i.e. the brain), reproductive organs and other systems. The degenerative changes in the atheroma, (the accumulation of degenerative material in the inner layer of artery walls) result in the development of atherosclerotic plaques and coronary artery disease that affects the natural flow of the blood. When this happens, it causes a sudden block of the in and out flow of blood from the heart; most of the time causing heart strokes!

2. The 25% comes from our food, and this is where you must be alert to what to take in your daily diet. Fats originated from animals are rich in cholesterol, like egg yolk, dairy, and meat, regardless of whatever type in meat source.

3 Ways to Lower Idle Cholesterol (excess of the 25% Food Originated Cholesterol):

1. Select intake of fats from non-saturated cooking oil. One of the best cooking oil that produce unsaturated fat is extra virgin olive oil. Avoid other palm oils like coconut, soy, or almond oil as they are highly saturated. Take low-content-sodium cholesterol fats; instead, eat high fiber vegetables and fruits, and complex carbohydrates. Examples of this are corn, soybeans and legumes, nuts, wheat, and other staple cereals.

2. Refrain from eating processed foods, including fast foods,  as they present high fat, saturated foods and rich in sodium. Also remember, that alcohol and sugar enhance the degree of cholesterol level, so avoid consuming these, at least on a daily basis.

3. Recent researches reveal that the presence of the Omega-3 fatty acid present in Salmon, mackerel, certain tuna specie, and other deep sea hunts aids in lowering idle cholesterol.

Overall, we recommend the extra virgin olive oil as the basis of a balanced diet.

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