Lower Cholesterol and Prevent Oxidized Low Density Lipoprotein
Lower cholesterol and lower your risk factors for heart disease. It sounds simple enough, but unfortunately there is more to it. Oxidized LDL, a different form of the “bad” cholesterol or the Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, carries with it risk factors of its own. So in your efforts to lower cholesterol it is important not to neglect some steps you can take to make LDL cholesterol lower and keep it from turning into the even more dangerous oxidized form.
Oxidized LDL cholesterol occurs when free radicals in the blood damage the existing LDL cholesterol. A certain amount of cholesterol, even LDL cholesterol is needed for normal cell function and in most people the liver produces only the right amount. However, when there is excess LDL either through genetics or diet, and not enough antioxidants, there can be the risk of oxidized LDL. Some of the potentially serious conditions created by oxidized LDL are jumpstarting atherosclerosis and inhibiting nitric oxide production by blood vessel cells. Also oxidized LDL impacts white cell function by enhancing the release of the chemical messengers that send those cells to an injured area.
Diabetics have been found to have a greater occurrence of oxidized LDL. For all populations there are increased risks of vascular and heart disease from the elevated levels. Since it is the result of free radicals, it makes sense that ridding the body of free radicals can help prevent LDL cholesterol from becoming oxidized. Antioxidants are known to reduce free radicals and therefore help with oxidation.
Antioxidants are contained in certain vitamin rich foods and through supplementation. Diet is extremely important in lowering LDL cholesterol and in providing the body with beneficial antioxidants. To find out more about how diet and exercise can lower cholesterol without the use of prescription medications and prevent the onset of serious conditions related to high cholesterol, read the plan outlined in The 60 Day Prescription Free Cholesterol Cure.
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