Wednesday, November 16, 2011

10 Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally |

10 Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally |

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What’s the nation’s No. 1 killer of women? Heart disease. It causes one death every 35 seconds. Janet Bond Brill, a registered dietitian and author of Cholesterol Down, says you can reduce the bad stuff, without the help of pills. She shares 8 super-foods to eat. Plus, how much do you know about heart health? Take our quiz to find out...

Cholesterol and Heart Disease
In the annual physical, your doctor checks your cholesterol levels.

But what is it? And what do the numbers say about your health?

Cholesterol is a type of lipid or fat. In our bodies, it travels through our blood stream in particles called lipoproteins.

Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) are bad because they can lead to a buildup of plaque in arteries.

A mass of plaque can narrow your arteries and restrict blood flow – much like trying to sip juice through a clogged straw.

Eventually, the plaque ruptures and a blood clot forms, cutting off the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Hello, heart attack and stroke!

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