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High Cholesterol? Read This First.

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And if you have high cholesterol, you would feel the same as if you had low cholesterol because there are no side effects, no symptoms of having high cholesterol – Mark Spitz

‘6.7????’, I said in total disbelief as the doctor read out my cholesterol readings.

6.7 was my Total Cholesterol reading (5.2 and below is the acceptable benchmark).

There could be many causes for this. I raced through my thoughts trying to figure out why.

‘Its either lifestyle or hereditary’, the doctor muttered as a matter of fact.

For me I had been eating healthily or rather ‘healthily in my point of view’ and I was worried at the outcome of my levels. Though the results were pitiful, I was glad I had my blood tested.

Better the devil you know than you don’t.

But being part of serving our community, we had to find ways to remedy this and remedy it quick.The focus is on lowering the ‘Bad’ cholesterol or LDL. We want big results fast!

(For those who love the science of cholesterol click here)

After a little research, the traditional ways to lower LDL levels were to say the least a hell of an effort. Eat oats, change your diet, exercises, etc.

Not good enough though. We wanted simple changes that can deliver big results.After filtering through the various methods, here is what we found to work best and it is also the simplest!

1. Cinnamon

There is a clear connection between Cinnamon and bad cholesterol reduction.

We’ll not bore you with the studies done but the facts are obvious. Cinnamon does reduce triglyceride, LDL cholesterol and hence total cholesterol levels.

Studies done on a group of people who took 1 to 6 grams (about 1 teaspoon) of cinnamon per day for 40days showed reductions of cholesterol from 18% to 29%. Pretty significant results in our books.

However there are side effects to cinnamon intake as it has blood thining properties. To be safe, take no more than 1 teaspoon per day. Please do consult your doctor if you are doubtful.

But hey at least now you know that adding Cinnamon into your coffee will do you good.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

The scientific literature on this is far and wide. The benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar are immense ranging from diabetic control, reducing arthritis discomfort, healing flu’s, sore throats and the list goes on.

What we were really interested in is cholesterol reduction.

A colleague decided to give this a go. The recommend dosage is 1 to 2 tablespoons a day. She added it into her water or salads (as you please) with no dietary or lifestyle change.

Fast forward 2 months : Her total cholesterol level had reduced from 6.2 to 5.3.

The scientific literature is substantial on these two items and for us it is enough validation to give it a go.

Remember 80:20. We want the simple stuff that deliver big results fast.

 

Disclaimer : We’re no expert. Always consult your doctor or local pharmacist for suitable cholesterol related advise and treatment.

 

 

 

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