Low Cholesterol Levels are Unhealthy as High Cholesterol

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Most health articles focus on how to keep cholesterol low to avoid heart disease. While there is overwhelming evidence for the benefits of lowering and maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, the fact that low cholesterol levels can be just as dangerous isn’t as documented and may come as a surprise.


Studies of low cholesterol levels-lowering medications show a strong connection between low LDL levels and an increased risk of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers.


If your cholesterol consistently remains below 160 mg/dl you could be at risk for: premature births, anxiety and depression. If you have type 2 diabetes you have an increased cancer risk.


It is recommended that adults keep their low cholesterol level under 200 mg/dl.


Low Cholesterol Levels Increase Mental Health Problems

Your body uses cholesterol to create and protect every cell in your body – and that includes your brain cells.


In fact, your brain is made of water, fat and cholesterol – low cholesterol levels have been proven to contribute to Alzheimer's disease, increased depression, anxiety, and even stroke occurrences.


Healthy Fats to Maintain Proper Cholesterol Balance

Ann Louis Gittelman, author of “Your Body Knows Best” had this to say, “Saturated fats play a positive role in the human body.” Including regulating cholesterol levels.


“They provide a good source of stored energy, they cushion the organs against shock, and they insulate vital tissues against the cold…there are problems associated with saturated fat in the diet, but they are related more to excessive consumption.”


“We tend to over-eat saturated fats not because we are eating too many fresh, thick steaks but because we unwittingly eat fats that are separated from the original food sources and used in a variety of ways in commercial food production.”


Try to incorporate a variety of these particular whole foods in your daily diet to get the right balance of healthy fats and essential fatty acids:


• Olive, coconut, avocado or argan oil
• Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel or tuna
• Crude rice bran, wheat germ or oat bran
• Dried herbs and spices such as cloves, coriander, chives, dill or basil
• Squash, pumpkin, flax, sunflower or sesame seeds
• Dark chocolate and cocoa powder
• Mussels, oysters and clams
• Almonds, cashews, pecans, hazelnuts or Brazil nuts


Controlling your cholesterol is crucial for heart disease. It is important to avoid going too far in either direction.

As with most health issues concerning our bodies…balance and moderation is the key.

 
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One of my friend was suffering from High cholesterol before a few years but now he is normal. The reason is he joined YOGA center.It helps him a lot. So one can try it.
 

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