Ginger and High Cholesterol

What is Cholesterol?

Some of us have no idea. We just know that word is associated with fat and ill health. But that’s not completely true.

Cholesterol is a substance that is found naturally in our cells and it is required for the production of hormones, enzymes and even Vitamin D in our bodies. Our bodies make all the cholesterol we need to survive but we still get some from the foods we eat.

 

Cholesterol travels through your bloodstream in small packages called lipoproteins.

Two kinds of lipoproteins carry cholesterol throughout your body: low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Having healthy levels of both types of lipoproteins is important.

LDL cholesterol sometimes is called “bad” cholesterol. A high LDL level leads to a buildup of cholesterol in your arteries. (Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to your body.)

HDL cholesterol sometimes is called “good” cholesterol. This is because it carries cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver. Your liver removes the cholesterol from your body.

What Is High Blood Cholesterol?

High blood cholesterol is a condition in which you have too much cholesterol in your blood. By itself, the condition usually has no signs or symptoms. Thus, many people don’t know that their cholesterol levels are too high.

People who have high blood cholesterol have a greater chance of getting coronary heart disease, also called coronary artery disease. (In this article, the term “heart disease” refers to coronary heart disease.)

The higher the level of LDL cholesterol in your blood, the GREATER your chance is of getting heart disease. The higher the level of HDL cholesterol in your blood, the LOWER your chance is of getting heart disease.

Coronary heart disease is a condition in which plaque (plak) builds up inside the coronary (heart) arteries. Plaque is made up of cholesterol, fat, calcium, and other substances found in the blood. When plaque builds up in the arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis.

    Figure A shows the location of the heart in the body. Figure B shows a normal coronary artery with normal blood flow. The inset image shows a cross-section of a normal coronary artery. Figure C shows a coronary artery narrowed by plaque. The buildup of plaque limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood through the artery. The inset image shows a cross-section of the plaque-narrowed artery.

To learn more, visit https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/high-blood-cholesterol

Ginger Benefits

Ginger has a lipid lowering effect. It lowers LDL, VLDL and triglycerides and increases HDL levels.

Ginger is effective in lowering lipid levels in diabetic patients.

Ginger protects the cells from lipid peroxidation (anti-oxidant activity).

Ginger prevents atherosclerosis and plaque formation

 

If you are suffering from High Cholesterol and Atherosclerosis, include Ginger in your daily diet.

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