If you strive for optimal health, consider adding a whole food supplement to your daily regimen. However, you must be a savvy shopper to make sure you select a supplement that lives up to its claims. . .many are a waste of money! Things to look for:
1. Independent research – This means the company selling the product did not conduct the research.
2. Double blind, placebo controlled studies – This means neither the “patient” nor the doctor knew if they were taking the supplement or a sugar pill. Provides more reliable results.
3. Research that shows results – If the product claims to raise antioxidant levels and reduce high blood pressure then research studies need to back this up.
4. Publication in peer reviewed journals, such as The Journal of the American College of Cardiology or the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.
All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
In the last post I gave you the first step towards lowering cholesterol. Here is the second. Remember, by implementing these basic steps, you’re establishing a solid foundation that will support heart health and increase the effectiveness of medications and supplements.
Step 2: Adopt a heart healthy lifestyle.
This means eating a diet that support heart health and including physical activity as part of your daily routine.
Here are some basic guidelines for a heart healthy diet to lower cholesterol:
- Saturated fat intake should be limited to less than 7% of your total daily calories.
- Daily trans fat intake should be less than 1% of your total calorie intake.
- Cholesterol should be limited to less than 300 mg/day.
- Eat 25-35 grams of dietary fiber. The needs to include an adequate intake of soluble fiber, which will promote lower LDL levels.
- Include sources rich in omega 3 fatty acids to your diet. Some benefits of omega 3 fatty acids include lower triglycerides, increased HDL cholesterol, and slower build-up of arterial plaque.
Here are basic guidelines for physical activity to lower cholesterol.
- Include at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week.
This is the latest recommendation of The Health and Human Services Department. In order to see substantial health benefits, include at least 150 minutes, 2 ½ hours, of moderate-intensity activity each week. If times a factor, you can see the same benefits by bumping up the intensity and being vigorously active 75 minutes (1 hr. 15 min.) each week.
By include regular physical activity you will raise HDL cholesterol and lower triglycerides.
February is American Heart Month. In recognition of American Heart Month you can access Heart Health Made Easy at a 25% savings. Learn more about this take action guide to lower cholesterol and blood pressure at http://www.hearthealthmadeeasy.com.
Lower Cholesterol: Step 1
Lower Cholesterol: Step 3
All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD