Archive for the ‘Cholesterol’ Category
Everyone knows too much cholesterol in the blood increases the risk of developing heart disease. But did you know that nearly 80% of the cholesterol in the blood is produced by your liver? Extenso reveals all about the effects of cholesterol on the heart …
When arteries are blocked …
Blood cholesterol is a fat carried in the blood. This is a base material of body cells and is necessary for the production of steroid hormones. However, when cholesterol is too much blood, it builds up in the arteries. These ducts are blocked then gradually to prevent the circulation of blood through the body. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to body cells. Unable to move properly, the heart works harder and fatigue. Undernourished cells deprived of oxygen and die. It is at this point that the heart failure, stroke or myocardial infarction.
In Canada, 80% of heart disease could be prevented through a healthy diet and an active lifestyle and smokeless. And among the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, at least three can be connected to the power supply:
1. high levels of blood fats (hyperlipidemia)
2. fat accumulation in the abdomen (abdominal obesity)
3. and low consumption of vegetables and fruits. Read the rest of this entry »
The active ingredient in these foods, these are the phytosterols or plant sterols. They have the particularity to be similar to cholesterol, they also compete with those from the food, preventing it from being absorbed in the intestine and pass into the blood. Different sterols are used depending on the brand: from sunflower oil (proactive Fruit d’Or), pine (Cholegram St-Hubert, Reducol in Carrefour or Champion), sugarcane (Salvekol ), soybean (Danacol Danone), but also rice. Read the rest of this entry »
There are several types of cholesterol:
LDL cholesterol (low density lipoprotein) is “bad” cholesterol. When there is too much LDL cholesterol in the blood, it accumulates on the inner wall of blood vessels and makes blood flow more difficult. The result is an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
HDL cholesterol (high density lipoprotein) is also called “good cholesterol”. It helps remove LDL cholesterol from the blood vessel wall, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
VLDL cholesterol (cholesterol of very low density lipoprotein) is produced in the liver and converted to LDL cholesterol in the blood. Read the rest of this entry »
Margarine, yogurt, milk drinks and other food supplements promise to reduce cholesterol. And their health claims seem so interesting that mutuals have offered to repay. Their secret? Phytosterols. But what is it really?
There are countless products that promise to fight against cholesterol. It is true that the problem is enormous: 17% of adults have cholesterol levels above 2.5 g / l.
The active ingredient in these foods is the phytosterols or plant sterols. They have the distinction of looking like cholesterol; they also compete with that derived from food, preventing it from being absorbed in the intestine and pass into the blood. Sterols are used by different brands: from sunflower oil (Pro-Activ Fruit d’Or), pine (Cholegram St-Hubert, Reducol products in Carrefour or Champion), sugarcane (Salvekol), soybean (Danacol Danone), but also rice. Read the rest of this entry »