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Tips for Lowering Bad Cholesterol

High cholesterol (a.k.a. hypercholesterolemia) affects an estimated 98.6 million adults. If you're eager to find a way to lower your cholesterol levels, or prevent hypercholesterolemia in the first place, we're eager to help with some helpful and natural tips from Get Well Natural.*

"Cholesterol: The Good, the Bad and the Truth" by D. Graeme Shaw, M.D.Dr. Graeme Shaw

Is cholesterol really the "bad guy"? According to a recent international study, patients in North America being treated for vascular disease had higher rates of strokes, heart attacks, hospitalizations and mortality.1 Dr. Graeme Shaw advises, "In my practice, when dealing with patients diagnosed with high cholesterol, I find it very important to identify why cholesterol is elevated in the first place." Read more about the study and Dr. Shaw's recommendations to support and maintain healthy cholesterol levels.*

Test Your Cholesterol Knowledge

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It's Hypercholesterolemia is linked other serious diseases. According to WebMD, "When total cholesterol is above 240 mg/dL, you're considered to have high-risk cholesterol -- which can raise your risk of heart attack, stroke, heart disease and other conditions."  Yet despite its bad reputation, your body needs cholesterol to function well. This soft, waxy substance is produced by the liver and is part of every cell within your body. In fact, cholesterol helps form new cells and creates necessary hormones.

The American Heart Association (AHA) differentiates between good and bad cholesterol: 

  • The bad guy, Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL), can crowd arteries and impede blood flow. When LDL mixes with other substances in your body it forms a thick plaque that further constricts the arteries – a condition called atherosclerosis that can put you at risk for both a heart attack and stroke.
  • The good guy, High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) – is carried throughout your body by your bloodstream. But just as normal levels of HDL may help protect you from heart attacks, low levels can increase your risk of heart disease.

At Get Well Natural, we think life's is far too precious to put yourself at risk – especially when cholesterol levels can be controlled naturally. First, we suggest you learn all you can. For example, if you're wondering whether margarine is better than butter, here's a link to some myths and facts and the AHA's ten-question cholesterol quiz. Then follow the recommendations below.*

Eat your way to a healthier you

Apple Sauce & Oatmeal Your chances of suffering from cardiovascular disease, hypertension and high cholesterol could be lowered by paying more attention to what you eat. Fast food is a surefire way to a fast decline in health, as is over-consumption of red meat and buttery foods because of their high saturated and trans fat content. On the other hand, a diet plentiful in vitamins, minerals and omega 3 fatty acids can boost your immunity and help you avoid health issues. Try delicious recipes like apple-walnut oatmeal, salmon lentil salad and crimini mushroom chicken, as they supply many of the nutrients your body needs to keep your cholesterol at a healthy level. And add a nutritional supplement like Cardio Well to support your body in maintaining a healthy heart and promoting healthy cholesterol levels.*

Already have high cholesterol?
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You're not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 17 percent of adults in the U.S. have high blood cholesterol. The New York Times suggests you:



  • Limit total fat intake to 25–35 percent of total daily calories, with less than 7 percent from saturated fat, less than 10 percent from polyunsaturated fat, and less than 20 percent from monounsaturated fat
  • Eat less than 200 mg of dietary cholesterol per day
  • Get more fiber in your diet
  • Lose weight
  • Increase physical activity

References:
1. Surprising Rate Of Recurring Heart Attacks, Strokes Globally, ScienceDaily (Sep. 1, 2009), by researcher from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Presented the results of the study at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2009 in Barcelona on Aug. 31. A paper is being published simultaneously in the European Heart Journal
2. Huang W. The role and mechanism of berberine on coronary arteries. Chung Hua Hsin Hsueh Kuan Ping Tsa Chih 1990;18:231-234.
3. Marin-Neto JA, Maciel BC, Secches AL, Gallo Junior L. Cardiovascular effects of berberine in patients with severe congestive heart failure. Clin Cardiol 1988;11:253-260.
4. Huang W. Ventricular tachyarrhythmias treated with berberine. Chung Hua Hsin Hsueh Kuan Ping Tsa Chih 1990;18:155-156,190.

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Immune WellCardio Well
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Cardio Well ClassicCardio Well "Classic" contains a balanced combination of herbal ingredients exclusively formulated by medical doctors and master herbalists to support healthy heart and cardiovascular function.* The formula offers ingredients that support the body in promoting healthy heart size, energy and proper dilation of the coronary artery.*
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Magnesium CitrateGet Well Natural's 100% Magnesium Citrate is a dietary mineral supplement that may support a healthy cardiovascular system, including heart rhythm and function. It is also one of the most important nutrients for maintaining healthy biological functions including the production and transfer of cellular energy, muscle relaxation and contraction and the maintenance of vascular tone. With no fillers or binders, our formula is easily absorbed by the body.* (Herbal & Health News Club members get a free bottle with their next order. See at left for more information.)* Try Now...

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