Without cholesterol we would die. Here are a few important cholesterol facts: Only 25% of the cholesterol circulating in our blood is made from the foods we eat. The majority of the cholesterol in the body is made by the body itself. Cholesterol is needed to make hormones and cell membranes. Not all cholesterol is the same.
When we have a blood cholesterol test, our health care provider pays special attention to not only the total cholesterol number but also to the amount of high density lipoprotein (HDL) and low density lipoprotein (LDL). HDL is the "good" cholesterol that travels through the many miles of blood vessels in our body mopping up the "bad" low density lipoprotein. If cholesterol levels get too high, good HDL cholesterol is unable to remove the excess cholesterol. LDL cholesterol oxidizes, or turns rancid, and is deposited on artery walls forming a hard substance called plaque. Plaque makes arteries narrower and stiffer, reducing blood flow and causing blockage. "Hardening of the arteries" is a good description of the process. Plaque can slow down or block the blood flow to your heart, or to your brain, causing a heart attack or a stroke.
Alzheimer's Disease - Recent research has found more reasons to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. High levels of good cholesterol and low levels of bad cholesterol help lower heart disease risk. The same good cholesterol ratios are associated with lower levels of plaque deposits in the brain that are characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. According to JAMA Neurology, since it is possible to improve cholesterol levels, potential treatments could also reduce or slow down the development of Alzheimer's disease.
Autoimmune Diseases - Scientist have been aware of a link between autoimmune diseases and hardening of the arteries. Now researchers have discovered a connection between autoimmune diseases and oxidized LDL cholesterol. They note that controlling oxidized LDL cholesterol should be able to greatly improve treatment of autoimmune diseases.
HELPFUL FOODS AND SUPPLEMENTS
Saturated fat found in animal products such as egg yolks, full fat dairy, and butter contribute to elevated LDL cholesterol. But most of the body's cholesterol is produced by the body itself. Therefore, we need to look for additional solutions to lower LDL cholesterol, reduce LDL oxidation, and increase HDL. Fortunately we have research proven solutions.
Patented ProvexCV contains grape seed extract along with grape skins, resveratrol at research-recommended levels, quercetin, green tea extract, and bromelain. It reduces LDL oxidation, promotes healthy blood platelet activity, and helps improve endothelial function.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide tells us that plant sterols have a similar chemical structure to cholesterol. Plant sterols can actually block the absorption of cholesterol, and help eliminate it naturally through the body, thereby reducing the amount of cholesterol circulating in the bloodstream. Plant sterols need to be absorbed along with fat to be effective. They are naturally found in seeds and nuts. Research confirms that supplementing with at least 1500 mg of plant sterols daily can result in a 10-15% reduction in LDL levels. Phytomega contains the research-recommended two grams of plant sterols along with heart healthy omega-3, CoQ10, and ALA.
Omega-3 fatty acids were found to reduce by 19% non-fatal coronary events, including heart attack in patients with high cholesterol. Our body can only get essential omega-3 fatty acids through food or supplements. Coldwater Omega-3 and delicious Vitality Omega-3 Creme Delight contain these essential fatty acids.
Fiber, particularly soluble fibers such as found in FiberWise Bars, Cereals, and Drinks, are very helpful in lowering blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. The Recommended Daily Value for fiber is 25 grams. A serving of FiberWise Drink contains 12 grams of fiber.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide tells us that "friendly bacteria" helps us digest food, regulate hormones, produce vitamins, and enhance vitamin and mineral absorption. Now new research is showing that probiotics in the digestive tract also regulate cholesterol metabolism.
Florify contains a blend of 5 billion colony units of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis. Lactobacillus is the prevalent good bacteria in the small intestine, and Bifidobacterium is the most dominant good bacteria in the large intestine.
Flavonoid rich cranberries have been shown to raise good HDL cholesterol. Two tasty chewable CranBarrier tablets contain 1000 mg of cranberry extract, which is the amount that is found in 10 ounces of pure undiluted cranberry juice
~ Richard M Barry
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Lowering Cholesterol Testimonials
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Melaleuca FiberWise, Phytomega and ProvexCV, and Vitality Pack have given me back a quality of life that is priceless. In May 2006, at the age of 42, one month after the birth of my son, I had a heart attack, because I have very small veins in my heart. I was a healthy woman that believed in good health care, and lived an active life. I had struggled some during that pregnancy, and communicated those concerns, with the response that I was older. That was very true. I had very routine health care throughout my pregnancy, and as with many of my pregnancies, struggled with high blood pressure, but nothing that I was medicated for.
The day of my heart attack I was struggling with walking stairs, shortness of breath, and extreme fatigue. Two days prior I did have a very unusual episode that I thought was sunstroke, but know now it was not. On that beautiful sunny May day with my 2 year old daughter and new born son, we walked around a garden park for about 3 hours. Before returning I fed my son and we drove home. On the drive home I experienced extreme pain in my chest and sweating. On arriving home I was in so much pain that I started to vomit and I was very thirsty. As a result, I went to bed. The pain subsided and the following day was a normal day of routine activity for me. That is when I thought I had sunstroke. But on the evening of my heart attack, two days after my first episode, those same symptoms came back, except I was with friends that encouraged me that this was very serious. My neighbor was a nurse and came to check on me, my blood pressure was extremely high 208/110 and my skin was very clammy. She was very worried and advised my husband to call the doctor, and an ambulance was summoned.
I was treated at the hospital and diagnosed with heart disease, and left on 6 different medications and one stent. The months following were crazy trying to adjust to medications which left me over-medicated some days, unable to care for my family. I had muscle pain, chest pain, shakes, fatigue, 2 additional stents placed, and heart rehab. It was a hard year. I wanted my health back!!!
Well... I got pregnant. The doctors told me to go off my medications, that they were extremely dangerous. They continued me on my blood pressure medications, and advised me to abort my baby so I could stay on the medication. Needless to say, by the end of my pregnancy I felt better than ever, and was able to regain my stamina and activity without pain.
That is when I was introduced to Melaleuca products. I made deals with my doctors to try the products and see if I had the results they saw when I was on prescription drugs. The results of the Melaleuca products the first 3 months were equal to my prescription drugs, but after 9 months my blood work levels showed an amazing difference. I had better cholesterol levels, better blood pressure levels, and my heart was performing extremely well. Today, I'm healthier than I've been in years. I've been able to shovel snow, run without chest pain and extreme leg pain. My blood pressure is in low normal range, my cholesterol is 165 total, with my LDL lower than when I was on prescription medications, and I increased my HDL by 10pts, which can be hard to do.
Being naturally healthier takes time, you need to be consistent. Prescription medications may be a quick fix, but will leave you with many other health sacrifices. If prescription drugs are so good why are we sicker? Natural alternatives will make you healthier over the long haul. What often happens is people start to feel better and stop taking what has worked, and then they lose their health and the doctors say "Natural alternatives" do not work. I'm not giving up, and the doctors are amazed!!!! Thank you Melaleuca for all your research and your mission.
I don't have numbers or specific results but I used to have high cholesterol. I am not a pill-taker so just tried to watch (a bit) what I ate. Last fall I had major blood test done as part of a medical and everything is normal. I looked at the report again to be sure and it is! I have been taking the Vitality Total for women (over 50) for a few years so I really believe that Melaleuca is responsible for my good health (I'm 80). I love pretty well all the products......... Thank you Melaleuca.
I just wanted to share my story regarding Melaleuca's fantastic remedy for lowering cholesterol - Phytomega. I went to the doctor in October last year and was told that I needed to go on statins as my cholesterol was going up, and the ratio was now 6.9. With a heart history in our family, the doctor said that I should not let my level go any higher. I pleaded with the doctor to give me 3 months to see what I could do. She agreed and asked me to report back for a blood test after 4 months. I immediately started on the Phytomega and also ate more oats in my diet. After 4 month I had another blood test and the result was: 5.8!!!! The doctor was a bit surprised but pleased and has allowed me to stay off the Statins another 4 month to see if the level is coming down still! I have no intentions to ever go onto Statins! Thanks you VERY MUCH for introducing me to Phytomega. I would recommend it to anybody with high cholesterol. Many thanks,