Cholesterol is a naturally occurring, waxy substance, with
many vital roles in the body. These include the synthesis of certain hormones, vitamin D,
digestive aids, and forming part of cell membranes. Collectively, cholesterol and other fats in your blood
(known as triglycerides) are called lipids. Each performs unique biological roles and contributes
differently to your risk for disease.
Cholesterol is a naturally occurring, waxy substance, with many vital roles in the body. These include the synthesis of certain hormones, vitamin D, digestive aids, and forming part of cell membranes. Collectively, cholesterol and other fats in your blood (known as triglycerides) are called lipids. Each performs unique biological roles and contributes differently to your risk for disease.
Why is high cholesterol dangerous?
High cholesterol can double your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by contributing to atherosclerosis, a build-up of plaques within your arteries. Plaques contribute to CVD in a variety of ways, including reducing blood flow to various parts of the body, making the heart work harder and decreasing oxygen supply to tissue.
Enlarged plaques may entirely block an artery, stopping oxygen supply and resulting in the death of the affected muscle or tissue as in the case of a heart attack or stroke.
Atherosclerosis is known as a silent killer because it causes few or no symptoms, explaining why high cholesterol is often only diagnosed when a major cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack, occurs.
Regular check-ups are therefore important – even if you live a healthy life. And looking at an individual’s risk profile is a very good starting point for early intervention.
Learn more: About high cholesterol levels here
What factors increases your risk for cardiovascular disease?
These risk factors include a lifestyle of unhealthy eating, inactivity, being overweight, drinking and smoking. Cholesterol also increase with age, and after Menopause women has an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Diabetes is a major risk factor and all diabetics should make heart health a priority. South Africa has a very high incidence of genetic hypercholesterolemia, so it is important that people are tested from an early age.
Healthy people over the age of 20 should test their cholesterol levels at least every four to six years. And then extensive medical research indicates that the damage caused by chronic inflammation often plays a key role in the development of cardiovascular disease. Chronic systemic inflammation is an independent risk factor for heart disease.
Linking chronic systemic inflammation and heart health
Some inflammatory processes that take place in the body have no obvious symptoms.
Although active, it often remains unnoticed until an illness occurs.
An example of this type of ‘silent inflammation’ is the process that takes place in blood vessels. Over time, systemic inflammation damages the wall of blood vessels and with the presence of abnormal cholesterol leads to many life-threatening cardiovascular complications such as heart attacks and strokes.
Even when people take steps to lower their risks for heart disease, such as: reducing their cholesterol levels, lowering their blood pressure and achieve glycaemic targets (blood glucose control), they may still have inflammatory risk, so addressing inflammation is vital.
For optimal heart health it is important to combat abnormal cholesterol as well as systemic inflammation.
RyChol, from MNI, extended-release formulation contains a unique blend of plant-derived phytochemical ingredients known to reduce blood cholesterol, triglyceride, and LDL levels.
This unique combination supports multiple pathways involved in the digestion, absorption and clearance of cholesterol and the other detrimental fats from the system.
MNI formulated FlamLeve to combat acute and chronic inflammation throughout the body. FlamLeve contains unique ingredients with superior absorption making it extra strong and effective and extending its anti-inflammatory benefits to various organs and body systems, protecting your organs from inflammatory damage.
For optimal heart health, help your body by combining RyChol and FlamLeve
What is the MNI approach and solution?
MNI has a holistic approach to healthcare and offers free cholesterol-lowering guidelines designed specifically for heart health.
Free Download: Download your free cholesterol-lowering guideline here.
Remember the MNI Product Specialists are available for your support, you can contact them directly at [email protected]For more information visit The Medical Nutritional website at www.mnilifestyle.co.za
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