Although most people today know that the so-called. "Elevated" total blood cholesterol, a risk factor for heart disease, fewer people know that it is so important relationship. "Good" and "bad" cholesterol, and even fewer know that the levels of cholesterol directly affected - the brain.
Total cholesterol is not an accurate indicator of the risk of heart disease. Only about half of those who die from heart disease have elevated levels of cholesterol.
The reason that total cholesterol is an unreliable indicator of the risk of heart disease is that it includes the good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol. Some may have high total cholesterol, and that does have a low risk, because it has higher proportion of HDL (good) cholesterol. For example, total cholesterol of 320 would be considered extremely high. However, if your HDL is 80, your risk will actually be lower than usual because your cholesterol ratio (total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol) is fourth If your total cholesterol was only 180, which is itself considered a low risk, but if you had HDL cholesterol levels 32, the ratio was 5.6 which indicates a high risk.
Clinical trials involving LDL and HDL cholesterol and their effect on atherosclerosis and heart attacks, researchers found that even small increases in HDL cholesterol may reduce the incidence of heart attacks.Any increase in HDL ("good" cholesterol) out of every 1mg/dl blood, followed by a 2 to 4 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease.
"Remote Control" in the brain
Up until now was thought to be the main factor influencing the increase in cholesterol foods.
According to the classical understanding of the medical textbook, saturated fat from animal sources, which are found in meat and dairy products (butter, whole milk and its products) are a major and essential factor in raising blood cholesterol.
However, research conducted by the University of Cincinnati researchers and published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, the first time showed that there is a "remote control" of the brain that affect the regulation of cholesterol. It was shown that the hormone ghrelin, who is known to play a role in regulating food intake and energy expenditure, also raises cholesterol levels in mice. Higher levels of cholesterol in the blood appeared as a direct result of the ghrelin signalisao liver to store less of the substance.
Stick to proven practices
According to researchers, the hormone ghrelin action "... increased the HDL cholesterol that circulates in the blood, which reduced its takeover by the liver, regardless of the amount of food eaten or body weight." This is interesting, because HDL cholesterol (known as "good" cholesterol) actually considered useful! The health implications of this discovery are far reaching. First, because it shows that a diet may not be critical for cholesterol levels, and secondly, because the neuro-endocrine system (which secretes hormones) directly affected by our thoughts and feelings, this shows that the psyche can affect heart disease and more direct than anyone could have guessed that. However, until you determine the exact mechanisms of action, it is good to keep in practice, proven advice on nutrition and movement, which is proven to help regulate blood cholesterol levels.
What increases your "bad" cholesterol
- The consumption of saturated fats of animal origin (meat, eggs, milk)
- Consumption of refined vegetable oils that are high in omega 6 fatty acids (corn, sunflower and safflower oil)
- Lack of movement (plasma becomes opaque)
What increases your "good" cholesterol
- Legumes - soybeans, beans, lentils, dry peas, chickpeas
- Oats - consume 50 grams each morning, preferably in the form of oat bran
- Garlic - 2-3 cloves of lowering total cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol, or useful
- Onions - half a head per day increases HDL, "good" cholesterol
- Walnuts, almonds, avocados - contain monounsaturated acids that reduce total cholesterol and prevent oxidation of bad.
- Coconut oil - improves the better the relationship of "good" and "bad" cholesterol
- Apples - 2-3 day
- Carrots, broccoli and parsnip contain fiber anticholesterol
- The more movement (blood plasma razbistrava)