February 12 2021
Cholesterol (waxy substance) is a form of lipoprotein which is a combination of lipid and protein. It is carried by our blood with the help of some protein carriers present in our body. Our body requires cholesterol to form new cells but high levels can lead to several health conditions such as a wide variety of heart diseases.
There are two types of cholesterol including :
LDL (Low-density lipoproteins) - also called the “Bad Cholesterol” since it makes our arteries hard and narrow.
HDL (High-Density Lipoproteins) - also called the “Good Cholesterol” since it carries excess cholesterol back to the liver.
When there are excessive levels of Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL) in our body it tends to deposit in our blood vessels which makes it difficult for the blood to pass through these vessels a condition called atherosclerosis. Eventually, it can also lead to the formation of a clot in the vessel and cause a heart attack or stroke.
Reasons for high levels of Bad Cholesterol in our body include :
Poor Diet: Includes eating too much of foods containing saturated fats like; in animal products or even trans fat like in pastries, cookies, cake, chips etc.
Obesity: If you do not have the correct BMI, then you are very likely to have increased levels of cholesterol in the body.
Sedentary Lifestyle: Which includes lack of exercise, since it keeps your HDL levels high while keeping LDL levels low. So, if you do not exercise, this process will be reversed.
Health conditions: The most common one is Diabetes. This may also damage the lines of the arteries.
Smoking: It damages the walls of our arteries and makes them highly susceptible to develop atherosclerosis.
Symptoms of high cholesterol levels:
There are no specific symptoms to detect whether you have high cholesterol levels or not. In most cases, the effects are seen overtime like, development of atherosclerosis which can eventually lead to stroke, angina pectoris, heart attacks. All this occurs due to the development of a clot of cholesterol in our arteries. Sometimes this plague can disrupt and blood clots can be formed which obstruct the flow of blood in our body. Many people never know about their increased cholesterol levels until they suffer from some life-threatening diseases.
What are some of the complications of having high cholesterol levels?
It can lead to increased risk of cardiovascular disorders (CVS Disorders) like heart attack, Chest pain (angina pectoris), Stroke, Diabetes, Kidney failure and Liver failure (fatty liver).
How can you diagnose your cholesterol level?
A basic blood test will be enough to determine your blood cholesterol levels which is called a Lipid Panel or Lipid Profile. Typically the following parameters are checked :
• Total Cholesterol
• LDL Cholesterol
• HDL Cholesterol
• Triglyceride Levels
It is advised not to drink anything (other than water) and eat for 9-12 hours before the blood test.
How to prevent high LDL levels?
• Exercise daily which will help to keep your lipid profile balanced.
• Eat healthily and avoid foods with high levels of saturated fats.
• Lose weight and prevent the excessive accumulation of LDL cholesterol in the body.
• Limit the intake of alcohol and quit smoking.
• Try to keep your stress levels low since stress can have various negative effects on our body.
• If you have comorbidities, take your medication on time and follow all the above steps.
Now we have seen that if we keep our cholesterol levels under check, it can lead to the prevention of various serious and life-threatening health conditions. Keeping in mind what busy work hours people have these days it can be very hard to maintain a healthy routine especially when it comes to watching our diets and exercising daily. Hence, people, these days are always finding new ways which are easy and convenient for them according to their busy work schedule.
So, to make this process a bit easy you can always consume “FLAX SEEDS”.
The biological name for flax is Linum usitatissimum an annual herb producing blue flowers and small flat golden brown or red-brown seeds. Commonly the Flax seeds are referred to as Linseed. Flax seeds have a crispy texture and are nutty in taste. The oil obtained from the seeds (after refining process) is edible for use. It has been cultivated for fiber and as a nutritional product for many years. Currently, more than 50 countries are involved in its cultivation specifically those in the Northern Hemisphere. India is the leading producer of flax seeds with 10.2% of the world’s production. In India, these seeds are not only consumed as food but also for various medicinal purposes.
Composition of Flaxseeds:
Phytoconstituents include; Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and linolenic acid (LA) (both being essential because they are required by the body but are not produced hence needs to be taken from diet), fibre, lignans, protein and phenolic compounds. Its composition is affected by the type of its growing environment and processing conditions. ( It is rich in protein (21 %) like arginine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, cysteine and methionine (which is responsible for its antioxidant nature and thus helps in prevention of cancer) which is mostly concentrated in the cotyledons. Moreover, the protein content is also affected by dehusking and defatting (such meals have higher protein content).
The most important component of flax seeds is ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) which is the main source of omega 3 fatty acid. Flaxseed oil is rich in PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acids) which prevents the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Since Flax seeds have hepatoprotective and antioxidant properties hence it tends to reduce blood cholesterol levels in our body. A study revealed that consumption of flax seeds reduced the LDL cholesterol and the total serum cholesterol. Hence we can conclude that consumption of flaxseed can prevent the risk of cardiovascular disorders and hypercholesterolemia.
Where can you find this supplement for use?
Alvizia Healthcare provides ALENFLAX cold pressed Omega 3,6,9 flaxseed oil (1000 mg, 60 soft gel capsules).