What Are Some Smart Strategies for Lowering Cholesterol?
There are many tips, health helpers, supplements and other smart strategies for lowering cholesterol. Following are a couple that are less conventional, but quite effective!
Heart Smart Exercise Strategies for Lowering Cholesterol
If you are trying to keep your cholesterol under control, exercising for long periods of time may be more beneficial than shorter high-intensity workouts.
Here is why: Saturated fats are broken down into acetone units, which the liver uses to make cholesterol. When you burn calories through exercise, acetone units are used for energy rather than cholesterol production.
Lengthy exercise sessions allow you to burn more calories than intense exercise, since the latter causes muscle soreness and limits your ability to exercise on subsequent days.
Cinnamon Strategies for Lowering Cholesterol
A dash of cinnamon could significantly lower your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar. And cinnamon – well it goes with so many things! Sprinkle on apple slices. Toss one-half teaspoon or so into your next batch of muffins. Add a dash or two to your coffee ground prior to brewing. Sprinkle on lightly buttered toast. Those are just a few ideas – you can surely come up with many more.
When 30 women and men with type 2 diabetes added a sprinkle to their meals, blood sugar and heart-damaging blood fats (total cholesterol and triglycerides) fell 12 to 30 percent in just 40 days, say researchers at the USDA’s Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland.
Cinnamon makes muscle and liver cells more sensitive to signals from insulin, an important blood-sugar-controlling hormone.
Have a little (about 1/6 teaspoon) at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, for a daily total of about 1/2 teaspoon, he recommends. Since cinnamon may reduce your need for diabetes or cholesterol medication, ask your doctor if you need to adjust your dose.
Go Beyond Cholesterol
Half of all heart attacks happen to people with normal cholesterol levels. Researchers suspect that inflammation inside arteries may be another heart threat. If you have a family history of heart disease, discuss these two extra tests with your doctor: Homocysteine and C-reactive protein.