The human body is in continual flux with laying down and dissolving processes. Cholesterol plaque is much discussed as the primary cause for degenerative disease of heart and circulation. See Heart health, Arteriosclerosis.
25% of our circulating cholesterol comes from diet, and 75% from liver metabolism. A good deal of the liver metabolism an individual has is influenced by heredity.
The cholesterol molecule is in fact the nucleus for steroid hormones. This includes the estrogen family, testosterone family, adrenal hormone family, and vitamin D.
At times a cholesterol increase in the blood signifies that the body is responding to a need for more of a certain hormone.
LDL cholesterol is considered ‘bad’ cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol is protective. (To remember the difference, consider LDL- L is for lousy, and HDL- H is for happy.) However within these two large categories are different kinds of LDL and different kinds of HDL cholesterol, which have different risks associated. The standard cholesterol test doesn’t measure these. A VAP lipid profile or NMR lipid profile would more accurately show the worrisome types of cholesterol and the more accurate risk to be expected, based on detailed classification of the sub- types of lipids found in the individual
Other metabolic factors have been found to be as important as blood cholesterol level. For example, cardiac homocysteine (a measure of how folate and folic acid are metabolised in the body) and hs-C Reactive Protein (a measure of inflammation in the body), and LpPLA2 a measure of plaque presence. These tests help form a basis for rational prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Individuals may have DNA genetic mutations in MTHFR (folate metabolism) which may show up as elevated homocysteine. These individuals require methylfolate (the form which occurs in foods) instead of folic acid (synthetic version).
The importance of insulin – glucose handling in cardiovascular health cannot be overstated. See Diabetes.
Statins are the most commonly prescribed drug for elevated blood cholesterol. The side effects of muscle pain can sometimes be lessened with use of coenzyme Q10. High dose statins have an association with acute kidney disease. Though widely used, statins’ effectiveness is debated. The active ingredient in red yeast rice bran (RYR), monocolin K, was used for thousands of years in herbal medicine. The effectiveness of RYR in lowering LDL cholesterol is comparable to the statins, and side effects are far less. Its dosage in herbal products in the USA has been limited by the FDA. More concentrated compounds of monocolin (RYR) are available in other countries.Print This Post
See Arteriosclerosis, and Aging,for a description of the balance of spiritual and physical emphasis in life that works toward health. The diseases related to accumulated deposits, or plaque, are on the ‘sclerotic’ or hardened side of the polarity of inflammation (softening) and sclerosis (hardening). Flexibility in one’s inner make up enlivens the matter-ridden physical make-up. See Etheric body, Astral body,soul, Ego, Self, ‘I’.
Exercise is of enormous value in most conditions, including preventing cardiovascular disease. Its benefit to weight control, and reduction of abdominal fat (which is likely responsible for inflammation), contribute to cardiovascular health.
Exercise also increases the good cholesterol, HDL, as opposed to the bad cholesterol, LDL.
Formica is from ants, whose venom dissolves the debris in ecosystems, dissolving and recycling matter. Formica may be used as liver support when cholesterol is elevated.
- True Botanica’s Formica Pentas for adults 20 drops twice daily orally.
- Uriel Formica 7x liquid for adults10 drops three times per day orally.
Lycopodium is phosphorous-like, bringing a light ether quality into a physical situation of excessive matter accumulation.
Uriel Lycopodium Berberis for adults 10 pellets four times per day orally, brings a phosphorous (light ether) activity.
In addition to red yeast rice bran, other natural products found to lower cholesterol include niacin, policosanols, pantethine, guggul, and beta-sitosterol.
Natura Health Products Cho-Less for adults two capsules daily orally, provides red yeast rice bran among other natural cholesterol-lowering substances.
ASK YOUR DOCTOR: Blood testing for VAP or NMR lipid profile, hsCRP, cardiac homocysteine, Lp-PLA2, MTHFR (folate metabolism), and HgbA1c, can provide detailed insight to choose treatments wisely. Ask your practitioner for individualized evaluation and treatment.Print This Post
Cholesterol is a single risk factor. It tells only part of the story. Lifestyle modification is the foundation for cardiovascular health. Be aware of side effects of prescription medications, commonly in the statin family. Make decisions with a trained helathcare provider.Print This Post
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