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How To Control Fats Or Lipids

Updated on July 2, 2009

WHAT ARE LIPIDS OR FATS ?

Lipids : Another word for " Fats "

  • Lipids can be define as substances such as fat, oil or wax that dissolves in alcohol but not in water.
  • Lipids are an important part of living cells. Together with carbohydrates and proteins, lipids are the main constituents of plant and animal cells.
  • Cholesterol and triglycerides are lipids. Lipids are easily stored in the body. They serves as a source of fuel and are an important constituent of the structure of cells.

UNDERSTANDING CHOLESTEROL

  • Cholesterol is a lipid found in the cell membranes of all animal tissues.
  • Cholesterol is more abundant in tissues like the liver, spinal cord and brain.
  • Cholesterol is required to build and maintain cell membranes.
  • Cholesterol also aids in the manufacture of bile ( which is stored in the gallbladder and helps digest fats )
  • Important for the metabolism of fat soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, D, E and K
  • Is the major precursor for the synthesis of vitamin D and of the various steroid hormones.

TOTAL CHOLESTEROL = HDL + LDL + VLDL

OPTIMAL WAYS TO MAINTAIN HEALTHY CHOLESTEROL LEVELS

  1. Diet Control - Saturated fat and cholesterol in the food you eat increase cholesterol levels. Try to reduce the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet.
  2. Weight Management - In addition to being a risk factor for heart disease, being overweight can also increase your cholesterol. Losing weight can help lower your LDL and total cholesterol levels, as well as increase HDL cholesterol.
  3. Exercise - Regular exercise can lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol. You should try to be physically active for 30 minutes on most days.
  4. Quit Smoking - Smoking lowers HDL ("good") cholesterol levels. This trend can be reversed if you quit smoking.
  5. Supplementation - Over years of historic use Green tea extracts have been thought to maintain the cholesterol balance.

B Scientists also believe a secondary mode of action begins in the liver. The liver detects the decrease in dietary cholesterol and increase uptake of LDL cholesterol from the blood to make bile

A Scientists believe that the primary action of these Green Tea Poly phenols begins in the intestines. They bind to the cholesterol in the gut and enable it to pass through the body with reduced absorption.

POSSIBLE ROLE OF GREEN TEA IN MAINTAINING CHOLESTEROL BALANCE

  • Green tea has a long history of use, dating back to China approximately 5,000 years ago.
  • Rich in Catechins - Part of naturally occuring phytonutrients called "Polyphenols"
  • Help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

Cholesterol lowering effect is achieved with

Theaflavin - Enriched green tea extract

12 week intake of a supplement containing theaflavin - enriched green tea extract ( 375 mg )

  • Lowered Total Blood Cholesterol By - 11.3%
  • Lowered LDL-C By - 16.4%
  • Improved HDL-C By - 2.3%

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