Cholesterol
 

Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a soft waxy substance found in your blood. You need a certain amount of cholesterol for all your body cells and to produce important hormones. However, too much cholesterol can narrow your arteries, making it harder for your heart to pump blood around your body which could increase your risk of heart disease.

LDL Cholesterol is often called bad cholesterol because it sticks to the walls of your arteries making them narrower and therefore harder for your heart to pump blood around your body.

Eating too many foods high in saturated fat (e.g. butter, cream, biscuits, chocolate, crisps, chips, fatty meat) can raise your LDL cholesterol.

HDL Cholesterol is often called good healthy cholesterol because it gathers up cholesterol left behind in your arteries and carries it to the liver where it is broken down and carried out of the body.

 
7-10% Reduction

Drinking 2 to 3 glasses everyday for 2 – 3 weeks can help reduce cholesterol by 7 – 10%.

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What should your ‘number’ be?

It is recommended that total cholesterol should be less than 5 mmol/l (the measurement used for cholesterol levels) while you should aim keep your LDL (bad) cholesterol to less than 3mmol/l. It is advisable to get your cholesterol checked by your doctor. Try to keep your HDL (good) cholesterol greater than 1 mmol/l

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Tips to help lower cholesterol

Tips to help Maintain Heart Health

A good way to help lower cholesterol is to follow a healthy balanced diet including a wide variety of foods and get plenty of exercise.

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Cholesterol and medication

Cholesterol and medication

Products containing plant sterols are not a substitute for cholesterol medications prescribed by your doctor. Ask your doctor for advice about whether Avonmore Heart Active is suitable for you. If you do not have a raised cholesterol level, there is no benefit from including these foods in the diet.

 

Sources: The Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute. Irish Heart Foundation.