Watch the video and learn ways on how to raise HDL cholesterol naturally.
NOTE: According to Dr. Neil Nedley (Proof Positive author): The alcohol use carries a lot of hidden dangers. The regular use of even small amounts of alcohol can harm immune functions. It increases cancer risk. And, as little as 2 or 3 drinks per day increases the risk of high blood pressure. World Health Organization says: “The less you drink the better.”
Abnormally Low HDL Cholesterol FAQ:
I had blood tests done recently. My LDL cholesterol is normal, my triglycerides are normal, but my HDL cholesterol is abnormally low. Is there anything I can do to improve my HDLs?
Joy Bauer says:
Some people have a genetic tendency to low HDL, even when all their other cardiovascular risk factors are normal. All though this might seem harmles, it can throw off your cholesterol ratio, and may indicate a future risk of heart problems.
Increase HDL Cholesterol Level -- Exercise
I recommend you incorporate a daily exercise regimen (exercise has been shown to boost HDL levels) and follow the diet and lifestyle recommendations (available in Joy Bauer’s Food Cures book, found in Cardiovascular Disease chapter)—these steps will help assure that your blood vessels stay as healthy as possible.
Supplements to Increase HDL Cholesterol Levels: Omega-3 and Niacin
In addition, I recommend taking low dosages of omega-3 fatty acids (more information is found in the Supplement section of Cardiovascular Disease chapter), and extended-release formulations of niacin (such as Niaspan, which is only available by presciption). Extended-release niacin has been shown to raise HDL cholesterol by about 14% in men, and by about 20% in women. In addition, niacin can help lower triglycerides and LDL cholesterol.
Niacin: Boost HDL Cholesterol Level and Side Effects
It is important to talk with your doctor before beginning niacin treatment. Although niacin is a powerful treatment for boosting HDL cholesterol, it can be dangerous for people with diabetes, gallbladder disease, gout, glaucoma, peptic ulcer, or impaired liver function, or who are pregnant, or have had a recent heart attack.
In addition, niacin can interact with other medications, and it may cause some uncomfortable side effects, including flu-like symptoms, rash, and flushing so intense that it can temporarily leave you looking sunburned and feeling like you’re having a hot flash.
Types of Niacin Supplement -- HDL Cholesterol Level
Ask your doctor for a specific recommendation for the type of niacin to choose—it comes in extended-realease, controlled-release, sustained-release, or regular formulations, so it isn’t as easy as picking just any supplement off the shelf.
Source: Joy Bauer, Food Cures, p.138
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