Sunday, 23 November 2014

High Cholesterol (Part 1)

High Cholesterol Part 1
Do you know what is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a hard waxy substance (just like fat, but it contains no fat). It is found in every cells of your body which has important functions. It is manufactured in your body's cells and also in your liver which make all the cholesterol you need. You get some from your diet but cholesterol in the foods has a small effect in your blood cholesterol levels unless your body needs more. Your liver can produce about one to two grams of cholesterol per day even you eat cholesterol-free diet. When you eat cholesterol-rich foods, your liver produces less cholesterol and when you eat foods without cholesterol, your liver produces more. Our body can also make cholesterol from fats, carbohydrates or protein – especially from milk, butter, cooking oil, sugar, cheese, meat, and eggs.

Cholesterol itself is not bad and is an important substances created by our body to keep us healthy. It plays a vital role in how every cells work. It is necessary for production of certain hormones (which can help to fight against heart disease); vitamin D and other important substances that can help you digest foods. 

Most diseases such as cancer, heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, asthma and allergies are linked to our diets. If you intake large quantity of sugars and highly processed unhealthy foods with damaged fats, cholesterol levels will rise in order to combat these substances. 
Your liver will produce more cholesterol and circulate it through the blood when you eat foods high in saturated and trans fats.
All these can be prevented by eating the right healthier foods and avoid harmful types of foods. Natural foods can repair, restore and heal your body without side effects.

Four main functions of cholesterol:- It contributes to the structure of cell walls, it makes up bile acid to digest food in the intestine, it allows our body to make Vitamin D and certain hormones.

Cholesterol travels through your bloodstream in small package which is attached to proteins known as lipoproteins. There are two main types of lipoproteins called LDL (low density lipoproteins and HDL lipoproteins. Both types are important if having them in healthy levels. Other types of lipoproteins are known as Chylomicrons, VLDL, IDL.

LDL particles carry cholesterol, triglycerides, fat-soluble vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients to the cells and tissues of the body.

LDL is vital to our tissue health, but if there is too much cholesterol for the cells to use, it can build up in the artery walls which will increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. Therefore, it is known as the bad cholesterol. Am I right?

However, calling LDL “bad” is a big mistake because there are different types of LDL particles such  as large, medium, small and very small LDL particles. Saturated fat increases Large LDL particles while diet high in carbohydrates especially from refine sugar and trans fat raise the smaller forms. Research has shown that not all LDL particles are bad because there are different subtypes of LDL. I have seen an old man who ate 2 tablespoons of butter (14 grams saturated fat) with a cup of coffee daily. I have also known another old man who eats two soft boiled eggs (about 350 mg cholesterol & 3 grams saturated fat) with a cup of coffee daily. Both men are healthy without heart disease. Saturated fat and cholesterol from foods do not increase the small, dense LDL. It’s carbohydrate. Here is another example to show you that saturated fat is not bad at all. Saturated fat in an avocado is about four grams. People who ate an avocado a day saw a reduction in the LDL cholesterol. Perhaps, avocado is high in monounsaturated fat which can reduce LDL and raise HDL cholesterol levels. Eating some saturated fat from foods is harmless and may even reduce the type of cholesterol (small, dense LDL) associated with heart disease. In fact, saturated fat can change the small, dense LDL particles into the Large LDL particles which are harmless. There are different types of saturated fatty acids from different sources such as coconut oil, butter, palm oil, meat, etc and not all of them are having the same benefits. 

The key function of HDL is to collect excess cholesterol from the blood and also remove some of the plaque in the wall of the blood vessels and carries it back to the liver where it is broken down for excretion.

At normal level, cholesterol is our friend. It has natural important functions and found in very cell of the body. If the bad cholesterol levels in the blood get too high, it becomes a silent danger that will puts us at risk of heart attack and stroke.

Cholesterol is a type of  fat which doesn’t dissolve in water or blood and it is carried through the blood by proteins. When the two combine, they’re called lipoproteins. 

When we talk about the cholesterol levels, it is actually a measurement of various lipoproteins like LDL and HDL in the blood.

There are different types of lipoproteins such as chylomicrons, very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL), intermediate-density lipoprotein (IDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. Each type of lipoprotein has its own function.Chylomicrons and VLDL deliver TAG to cells in the body. LDL delivers cholesterol to cells in the body. • HDL is involved in reverse cholesterol transport.

Do you know that not all LDL cholesterol is created equal?  Only the small, dense LDL particles are associated with heart disease, whereas large, buoyant LDL are either harmless or may protect against heart disease.

LDL cholesterol can be large, medium, small, and very small dense particles. The  large LDL particles can float and easy to move through the circulatory system without damaging the arteries while the small, dense LDL particles are more likely to cause damage to the arteries.

It is the small, dense LDL particles which can cause stickiness of the blood which is small enough to enter the arteries walls causing inflammation in the blood and stay in the bloodstream longer. If you have a large proportion of smaller dense LDL cholesterol particles known as Lipoprotein (a), with more than 50 mg/dL will put you at higher risk of  heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, and thrombosis or circulation trouble in the legs. To lower Lipoprotein (a) if the levels is over 50 mg/dL , you can  take 500 mg to 1000 mg daily of Citrus bergamot extract. It can help to reduce LDL cholesterol, decrease triglycerides, reduce blood glucose levels and increase the HDL cholesterol. It can also block oxidized cholesterol where both statins and most natural supplements fail. Rice bran oil can decrease sdLDL levels. Vitamin C -6 grams/day, L-lysine -6 grams/day and L-proline -2 grams/day is an effective treatment in the Linus Pauling protocol. Other alternative treatment is taking 1 to 3 grams daily of niacin.

Eat some vegetables & fruits which are rich in soluble fibre such as beans, yams, barley, pomegranate, avocado and black berries can reduce the bad cholesterol.  Black berries is a super-fruit that can repair damaged arteries, reverse arteriosclerosis and regenerated blood vessels. Pomegranate is another super fruit that can reduce LDL oxidation and atherosclerotic plaque. Eat one avocado daily can decrease LDL and small dense LDL cholesterol. 

One of the best ways to lower some of the small dense LDL particles  is to eat 3 eggs daily. "Eating cholesterol reduces small LDL". Eggs can change the small LDL particles into Large LDL particles which are harmless.

Another effective method to reduce the small, dense LDL particles for those with high cholesterol  is on alternate day fasting protocol for eight weeks. There will be a big drop in small Dense LDL particles, lower LDL and triglycerides. 

No cooking oil diet: - This method is simply using no cooking oil in your food. Eat steamed, boiled or baked foods such as vegetables, fish or other meats for four weeks; you will see that your cholesterol levels will drop to normal.

What causes small, dense LDL cholesterol? - Lack of exercise; diet high in trans fat, carbohydrates especially refined sugar, insulin resistance or pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome and inherited from their parents.

If you have high level of triglycerides (above 200 mg/dL), you will probably having small dense LDL particles. If your ratio of triglycerides to HDL cholesterol is more than 4, you have a lot of small, dense LDL particles which can develop into atherosclerotic plaques.

The standard cholesterol test is called a lipid profile which can distinguish HDL, LDL and Triglycerides. However, to test the small dense LDL, it is called the VAP cholesterol test which is more detailed or  LDL-S3 GGE TEST and NMR LIPOPROFILE TEST. 

Young healthy adults should have a fasting lipid profile once every five years. The test results will show the levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and HDL cholesterol. Those people who are older should have the blood test every year.

Test for stroke: - Using carotid ultrasound can detect early warning test for stroke. It can detect the buildup of cholesterol-filled plaque in the carotid arteries in the neck.

Heart attack and stroke: - Blood test that measures blood level of protein called cardiac troponin T can detect high risk of heart problem or predict heart disease if the level is high. Other risk factors for heart disease are high homocysteine levels, atherosclerotic plaque, high triglycerides & LDL cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity, unhealthy diets, etc...While hypertension is the biggest risk factor for stroke!


Those with high cholesterol and experiencing lightheadedness and memory loss should have this test.

How do you know if your blood cholesterol levels are too high?

It usually has no sign or symptoms. You may not know until.......you have your blood test!

Some people with very high cholesterol levels may feel  dizzy, unsteady gait, balance disorder due to poor blood circulation. The blood may be sticky and thicker.

You may feel pain when you walk due to blockage to an artery that feeds the leg muscles follow by chest pain, stroke, angina and heart attack.

High blood cholesterol levels can cause poor blood circulation. Illness like headaches, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, memory loss, arthritis, osteoporosis, numbness in toes or hands, discomfort in the legs, cancer, diabetes, kidney dysfunction, muscle pains are caused by poor blood circulation. When people get older, the blood becomes stickier and the blood flow becomes slow causing various illness. When capillaries of the kidneys are blocked, hundreds of complications will develop.

By the time you know, your cholesterol is already very high.  It may be already narrowing and hardening of your arteries. 

What Causes High Blood Cholesterol Levels?

There are lots of factors that can contribute to high blood cholesterol levels.

High blood cholesterol levels usually come from a diet that’s high in fats and sugar, but some high cholesterols is genetic. People with this condition is known as familial hypercholesterolemia that cause abnormally high cholesterol levels. Those people are vulnerable to heart attack and stroke even at early age.

The main culprit in raising bad cholesterol is in a diet that includes sugary foods, high-fat diets especially from hydrogenated oil, starch foods and most processed foods.

Do you know why you still have high cholesterol levels even you eat cholesterol-free diet?  Here is one of the reasons: - When you eat too much sugars, starch or high glycemic index foods, the blood insulin will spike. It turns on HMG-CoA reductase which will tell your body cells to make more cholesterol even you don’t need any more.

If you eat too much foods high in fats and sugar, your liver will turn them into cholesterol. Sugar serves as a quick source of energy for your body, but the excess amount will be stored in your liver in the form of triglycerides.

When cells in the body are damaged in an injury, the body need cholesterol and fats to repair themselves, that’s why the liver is careful to regulate levels and produce more cholesterol. Cholesterol also acts as an antioxidant in the body dealing with free racial damage.

When you are stressful, free radicals and other damaging biochemical reactions occur in the blood and your liver will produce more cholesterol to deal with the free radical attack. In other words, if your blood cholesterol levels are high, it means that the body is dealing with some kind of damage.

Lack of sleep ( those who burn the midnight oil ) and sleeping more than eight hours every night may affect your cholesterol levels. This pattern has also been linked to other health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, headache and heart disease.

You can find every snack chip, cookies, cracker, pastry, baked goods, fried goods and even frozen food products in grocery stores which are made from hydrogenated oil. Consuming high amount of hydrogenated oils will cause a built up of plague in the arteries known as atherosclerosis. Avoid all these foods if your cholesterol levels are high.

Eating too much foods high in fats and sugar such as fried foods, full fat cheese, cream, meat products, lard, hard margarine, whole milk, organ meats and products made from margarine or shortening, sugar, such as cakes, cookies, pudding, buns, biscuits, fruit juice with added sugar, snack foods, package baked goods, kaya (coconut jam), etc. may raise the cholesterol levels. Limit your intake of such foods if your cholesterol levels are high. Too much sugar in any form can also causes obesity and other diseases. Other factors causing high cholesterol include unhealthy diet, age, family history, and lifestyle (lack of exercise, drinking too much alcohol, stress, smoking, etc)

 Other health conditions are known to raise cholesterol levels, such as diabetes, overweight, kidney disease and liver disease. If the thyroid gland is insufficiently active (a health problem such as an underactive thyroid), it can trigger high cholesterol especially LDL cholesterol. If this is the case, cholesterol levels will drop once the thyroid is corrected .

Liver dysfunction:-
Watch out for these symptoms:- Brown blemishes and spots on skin. Capillaries (smallest blood vessels) appear on face, palms or soles. Blood sugar problems and overweight. (Remedies:- Make a lemon drink and drink first thing in the morning. Herbs like Milk Thistle, Green Tea and Honeysuckle are good for healthy liver function. Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C and Omega 3 are also good for supporting the liver. (See a doctor if you have this problem)

What Are Triglycerides?

Triglycerides are a type of fat found in our body. The liver makes triglycerides and is also from foods such as meats, alcohol, sugar, dairy produce and cooking oil. The body converts any excess calories it doesn’t need into triglycerides. Any extra foods we eat and not used like carbohydrates, fat, or protein - is also chemically converted into triglycerides. Triglycerides contain three fatty acids (polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, saturated) and are broken apart in the small intestine and reassembled with cholesterol to form chylomicrons and this is the source of energy for cells in the body. They are stored in the fat cells and liver cells and release when the body needs the energy.

Just after a meal, the blood is rich in triglycerides and the levels will return to normal after a few hours. The triglycerides are stored up by fats cells to be used for energy if food isn't available later- or during your next diet. It provides the body with energy.

Triglycerides are important measures of heart health, but too high level of triglycerides can contribute to atherosclerosis (the formation of plaque on the artery walls) which can increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Pieces of plaque can break off from the arteries which can block the flow of blood to the heart and brain causing stroke and heart attack. It hardens and narrows the arteries which can lead to angina or transient heart pain. High level of triglycerides can increase the formation of small bad LDL cholesterol particles and also reducing the HDL cholesterol. High triglycerides and low HDL increase your risk of heart disease. 

What Causes High Level of Triglycerides?

#1 Eating more calories than you can burn such as starchy, sugary and fatty foods

#2 Drinking too much alcohol.

#3 Eating too much starch & refine carbohydrate such as fruit juice with added sugar, sweets, refine flour, rice, pasta, potatoes, butter, cheese, cereal and processed foods.

To lower your triglycerides,  eat low-glycemic foods such as non-starchy vegetables (cucumber, kale, eggplant, green bean, cabbage, onion, tomatoes ,broccoli, cauliflower, mushroom, beans, whole wheat bread, wild rice, black rice,  brown rice, oatmeal, carrots, fruits, peas, legumes, lentils, muesli, boiled sweet potato with its skin, oat, etc)

Foods that raise triglycerides:- Sugar, high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice with added sugar, sweeteners, sweet tea or coffee, sweet corn, baked bean with added sugar and pork, canned foods,  pre-mix coffee (with non-diary cream and sugar), soda or soft drinks, candies, noodles, baked goods, white bread, rolls, buns, pastries and cakes...etc. Avoid or limit the intake of the these foods if your triglycerides are high. Avoid Trans fats, hydrogenated fats found in baked goods, processed foods, etc. 

High-fat, greasy and sugary foods  raise triglycerides and also will have a negative impact on your immune system.
It will also contribute to obesity, which increases the risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart attack, common cold and even cancer.

Avoid all processed white flour products because they turn into sugar inside the body. Eat whole foods from plants that contain both sugars and fiber such as whole grains, non-starchy vegetables, fresh fruits including beans. Choose black rice instead of white rice. Choose oat-meal bread instead of white bread. Avoid products made with fructose or high fructose corn syrup which are found in some cookies, cakes, soft drinks, pre-mix drinks, bread, snacks, and many fruit drinks with added sugar. * Many foods disguised as health foods can be loaded with added sugars. * Avoids all these foods as they can damage your health badly in long term. 

To lower triglycerides, take 5 to 10 grams of high fiber drink (psyllium husk), 1000 mg Omega-3 Fish oil x 3 times daily,  exercise, lose weight, limits fats and sugar in your diet.

Eat fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, etc which are loaded with omega-3 fats and effective at reducing triglycerides. (2 to 3 servings per week) Steam, bake or boil the fish and do not fry with oil. 

Fruits are high in fiber, water and sugar. Eating whole fruit take awhile to digest and the fructose goes to the liver slowly and will not cause any harm. Natural sugars from fruits and vegetables are healthy foods which contain water, fiber and various micronutrients. Fiber in fruits can reduce cholesterol, get rid of constipation and many other health benefits. 

Untreated high cholesterol levels can lead to blocked or narrowed blood vessels , blood clots, kidney weakness, diabetes, gallstones, high blood pressure, poor blood circulation, dizziness, numbness in hand, feet or toes, insomnia and finally having heart attack and stroke.
 
For better protection, I recommend that you take cholesterol-lowering medications or alternative treatments to lower your high cholesterol levels and to keep your risk of heart disease as low as possible if your cholesterol levels are very high.  
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Cholesterol Chart
Total cholesterol 
Less than 200 mg/dL ( 5.2 mmol/L) is  desirable
200 to 240 mg/dL (5.2 to 6.2 mmol/L) is Borderline high

Above 240 mg/dL  6.2 mmol/L) is high risk.
LDL (low density lipoprotein)
100 mg/dL to 129 mg/dL (2.6 mmol/L to 3.3 mmol/L) is ideal.

130 to 160 mg/dL (3.4 to 4.1 mmol/L) is Borderline high
160 to 190 mg/dL(4.1 to 4.9 mmol/L) is High
Above 190 mg/dL ( 4.9 mmol/L) is very high.
(Those with heart disease should keep the LDL level below 100 mg/dL( 2.6 mmol/L)
Triglycerides
Below 150 mg/dL (1.7 mmol/L)  is desirable
150mg/dL to 200mg/dL(1.7mmol/L to 2.2mmol/L) is borderline high
Above 200 mg/dL (2.2 mmol/L ) is consider high.
Over 500 mg/dL (Above 5.6 mmol/L) is very high.
HDL (high density lipoprotein)
Less than 40 mg/dL ( 1.03 mmol/L
)  for men  and less than 50 mg/dL ( 1.29 mmol/L) for women is bad and risk of heart disease.
40 to 49 mg/dL (1 to 1.26 mmol/L)  for men and 50 to 59 mg/dL (1.29 to 1.52 mmol/L) for women is ideal.
60mg/dL (1.55 mmo/L) or higher  is best.
You should keep trying to increase your HDL level to reduce your risk of heart disease.

Do you know that cholesterol ratio is important indicator of heart disease risk than total cholesterol? Therefore, the lower the cholesterol ratio is the better. A cholesterol ratio of 5.0mg/dl is average risk and above this value is high risk. Optimal or lowest risk is a ratio of 3.2mg/dl or less.

For example, if the total cholesterol of 200 and an HDL of 50 would have a ratio of 4.0 (200 w 50 = 4.0). If that person’s HDL was low — let’s say 35 —the total cholesterol-to-HDL ratio would be higher: 5.7.

Triglyceride/HDL ratio below 2 is considered ideal while 4  is high and 6 is too high which is considered high risk factor of cardiovascular disease. (divide your triglyceride level by your HDL level)

Note:- Total cholesterol lower than 4 mmol/L or (154 mg/dL) may lead to other health problems such as risks of strokes, some cancers, depression and inability to cope with stress. So we don't want to get cholesterol levels too low either.

Exercise and omega-3 fatty acids will improve your LDL cholesterol to HDL cholesterol ratio.
Eat moderately walnuts, almonds, pistachios, macadamia nuts, oatmeal, oat bran, dark chocolate. 
Calcium citrate 1000mg + 400 iu Vitamin D daily will raise HDL cholesterol level by about 7 % in a month.  
Eat often fish, lean beef and chicken (Boil, bake, steam or stir-fry and not deep- fry).

Cranberry juice, grapefruit, eggplant and  all purple  vegetables , fruits and virgin olive oil can  raise the HDL cholesterol.

Healthy Diets For those with high cholesterol (Eat moderately)

Fruits :-  Apple, Avocado, Pomegranate, Pear, Guava, Prune,  Star fruit, Kiwi, Oranges, Grapes, Bananas, Watermelon, Dragon fruit, Soursop (graviola), Cranberry juice and many other  types of berries.

*Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat which can help to reduce the bad cholesterol in the blood.

Seeds:- Sunflower seeds, Sesame seed,  Watermelon seeds, Pumpkin seeds.

Nuts:- Walnuts, Almonds, and Macadamia nuts, Peanuts are highly beneficial to reduce cholesterol level. Eat moderately.

Beans (legumes):- White and Red  kidney beans,  Soya beans, Black bean, Lentils, Chickpeas, Pinto Beans,  Green Soya beans, Mung beans, Green beans, Chinese long beans and lentils.

Kidney beans: - High in cholesterol-lowering fiber and can prevent blood sugar levels from rising too quickly after a meal. This type of beans is a good choice for those with diabetes and high cholesterol. It can also help to prevent constipation.

Green Vegetables, Eggplants, Asparagus,  Broccoli, Kale, Cauliflower,  Carrot, Bitter melon, Peas, Chickpeas,  Tomatoes, Onion, Garlic, Cucumber, Chinese Radish,  pumpkin, Sweet potatoes, Mushrooms (oyster, shiitake,White button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus), enoki, etc), leek, herbs and spices (cinnamon, turmeric, cloves, etc)

 Oolong Tea,  Pu-erh tea, Rooibos Tea, Hibiscus Tea.

Daily consumption of kale can increased HDL cholesterol and lowered LDL levels while improving antioxidant status.

Take high fiber supplements like  psyllium, Oat, Beta glucan, etc (10 gm or more daily)

Take 20 grams of whey protein 3 times daily  can lower LDL cholesterol and fatty liver by 20% in a month.

Drink a glass of Mineral Water first thing in the morning with empty stomach can detoxify the body. It can reduce the LDL cholesterol and raise the HDL cholesterol.

Drink spring water instead of ordinary tap water.

Eat often fish (Mackerel, Lake trout, Herring, Sardines, Albacore tuna, Salmon, Halibut, etc... 2 to 3 serving per week.

Eat Brown rice or black rice instead of white rice.

Eat oat- meal bread instead of white bread.

Eat moderate portions of chicken, turkey and non-fatty cuts of beef (remove skin).  crab, lobster, shrimp and oysters are low in saturated fat but high in cholesterol and should be limit to once per week. Other lean meats and fish should be baked, steamed, broiled or baked on a rack and never deep fried.

If you love to eat grilled meats, marinate the meats with herbs or spices such as garlic, oregano, rosemary, thyme, turmeric, curry powder, or other spices before grilling the meats will reduce any carcinogens that would normally form on grilled meat. Squeeze a few limes on the meat before you consume it. Carcinogen: A substance or agent that causes cancer.

Eggs are healthy and contain little saturated fat. They contain cholesterol but do not raise cholesterol to any significant degree. Eat 3 to 4 eggs per week.

The key to be healthy is not to eat  a large meal and  reduce the amount of carbohydrates eaten. Eat moderately three times a day and no snacking.

Learn more about what else that can caused  high cholesterol!  

Eat less fried foods because more fats are absorbed into the foods. Eating fried chicken with skin in moderation will not cause health problems as the skin contains unsaturated fat. Eating Fried food is okay once in awhile. It actually holds certain nutrients of the foods quite well. Fry foods in low heat.

Avoid fast-food, hawkers' foods and foods in Restaurants. Foods are usually cooked in high heat with poor quality cooking oil. 

Reuse or overheated oils can form highly toxic chemicals .

Avoid Animal livers, brains, organs, Squids, Fish eggs, Dried cuttlefish (sotong), Heavy cream, Red meat, Snacks-cookies, cakes, onion rings, candies, French fries, crackers, etc.

Avoid pizza, pie, pastries,coffee mate, margarine, vegetable shortening, dairy products found in candies, ice-cream, cookies, bread, etc.

Avoid white flour based foods:- bread, buns, muffin, crackers, cookies, cakes, noodles, and other baked goods.

Avoid processed low-fat foods with added sugar.

Avoid fruit juices with sugar added.

 Avoid  highly processed foods which is high in saturated and trans fats. 

Avoid high Omega-6 vegetable oils:- Soya bean oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, canola oil, etc. as these oils can make the LDL lipropoteins in the body become oxidized. Cooking with all these oil at a high temperature will generate very high levels of chemicals called aldehydes which have linked to cancer, obesity, heart disease and many other degenerative diseases. 

Consume too much Sugar will raise your triglycerides to dangerous levels, which can lead you to heart disease and cause type 2 diabetes. However, small amount of sugar (5 - 10 gm) in your tea or coffee may not harm you. The real damage occurs when you eat a piece sweet cake (about 40 gm + soft drink (25-44 gm) of sugar and over prolong period.

Our liver can metabolize about 24 grams of added sugar in foods per day. All that excess will change into body fat and will lead to many diseases.

Keep intake of added sugar from foods below 20 gm per day. (1 teaspoon of table sugar is about 4 grams)
If you drink a bottle of soda or foods with added sugar or fructose, the fructose goes to your liver very fast in large amounts that can have disastrous consequences.
Remember that sugar can raise cholesterol and blood pressure.....and link to many other ailments like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, gout, colon cancer, hemorrhoids, gastric ulcer, gallstones, kidney stones, arthritis, etc.
Which type of sugar is better?
Avoid refine sugar which has completely stripped of all the nutritional value and it provides you with empty calories.
Raw organic cane sugar is a better choice than refine white sugar as it contains amino acids, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Consume moderately.
Coconut sugar contains small amount of fiber and other nutrients. It contains low percentage of fructose than other sugars, so it it is much healthier.
Honey is rated number one sugar because it contains vitamins, minerals and nutrients which can nourish and re-vitalize your body. It can help to fight off infections such as coughs, flu’s, skin infections, burns, wounds, and detoxifying your body of harmful pollutants or toxins.
Those with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, kidney disease, cancer, etc should not take too much sugar as it promotes dry mouth/tongue, dampness, phlegm, raise cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure.
Most of the processed cooking oil can raise the LDL cholesterol and  triglycerides. Many of the commercial cooking oils are promoted as healthy cooking oil, but the trans fats contents are not listed.

During the processing of vegetable oils, high heat and high pressure along with the use of hexane solvents actually forces some of the polyunsaturated oil to be changed into trans fats.

All refined vegetable oils contain oxidized fats due to the refining process (high heat) and chemical reactions with the polyunsaturated fat content of vegetable oils.

Trans fats can raise the LDL bad cholesterol and lower the good HDL cholesterol. Trans fats are found in many foods such as cakes, bread, burgers, French fries, pastries, curry puff, 3-in-1 coffee or tea, donuts, biscuits, cookies, wafer, ice-cream and all other food products made with shortening and margarine. Consuming high amount of trans fats will lead to diabetes, breast cancer, heart disease, clog up blood arteries, weaken the immune system, harden the blood vessels and many other health problems.

Researchers have found that large LDL particles do not contribute to heart disease. The small, dense LDL particles do contribute to build-up of plaque in the arteries. Saturated fat increases large LDL particles while trans fat increase the small, dense LDL particles.
Trans fat raises levels of inflammation, lower HDL cholesterol and raises LDL cholesterol.

Eating small amount of saturated fat in your diet is healthy. For example, eating butter in moderation is a beneficial saturated fats and the cholesterol is vital for brain and nervous system. It has natural compounds with antiviral agents which can help maintain cell membranes. It also helps to absorb vitamins like D, E, K and A which are fat-soluble.

Use healthy oils like olive oil, macadamia oil, palm fruit oil, ghee and grass-fed butter, coconut oil  which are MUCH healthier than other vegetable oils.

Do not eat
more than 20% fats or oils in your diet. We can eat  about 30 grams (about 2 spoons) of oil daily and not more than that. Fats should be eaten in raw state if possible and not overcooked like deep frying.

People with high cholesterol levels should limit the intake of cooking oil. Always use low heat when you cook food with cooking oil.

We need omega-3 and omega-6 in balance a 1:1 ratio. If we consume a higher ratio of omega-6, this will lead to many health problems. Vegetable oils contain high level of omega-6 fatty acids.
Click here to see comparison of dietary fats

Note:- Butter, coconut oil, lard, palm oil and olive oil are all low in omega-6 while Sunflower, Corn, Soybean and Cottonseed oils are by far the worst.

Important:- Reduce intake of omega-6 processed vegetable oils from your diet and processed foods that contain them.

Researchers found that palm fruit oil may lower total cholesterol and boost HDL cholesterol while palm kernel oil can raise the cholesterol levels. Palm kernel oil contains highly saturated fats and when deep frying, saturated fat becomes oxidize saturated fat which can clog your arteries. Palm fruit oil can be used for cooking at higher temperature than olive oil.

Palm fruit oil is the best choice for cooking and frying foods because it is cheaper than olive oil or coconut oil. Use moderately. Do not overdo on fats or oils even the best quality ones. According to Chinese medical terminology, palm oil and coconut oil are more
yin. Eating too much of the oil can detrimental to one's health. Red palm oil contains antioxidants like carotenoids and tocotrienols which can protect against certain types of cancer. 
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Fucoidan is known to induce apoptosis of cancer cells. Fucoidan works on cancer by suppressing angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels) and boosting the immune system as well as inducing Apoptosis. However, we cannot rely on fucoidan only.
After it was revealed that fucoxanthin, carotenoid found in seaweed, has apoptosis effect on cancer. Fucoxanthin, an accessory pigment in the chloroplast of brown algae, has also many physiological effects such as anti-oxidation, apoptosis inducement, inhibition of angiogenesis, and anti-diabetic.
We have added Curcumin to Fuco-Asher on top of fucoxanthin. Curcumin which is extracted from turmeric, a well know anti-cancer food, is a core anti-cancer agent that induces apoptosis. 
Fuco-Asher is a highly potent fucoidan product with a powerful combination of these three Triple Ace agents that induce apoptosis. Get it today at Lazada Malaysia.
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Megalive Natto Plus is a complex and complete formula which consists of several types of natural herbs. It great helps in regulate unhealthy blood lipids profile, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood viscosity, in order to prevent cardiovascular diseases, especially coronary heart disease. Megalive Natto Plus also helps in delay aging process, prevents oxidation damage of free radicals with high antioxidant content. Available at Lazada.
Butterfly Tea (Christia vespertilionis) has gained central attention from scientists and researchers for its ability to treat various diseases such as :
Cancer, Hypertention, Diabetes,  High Cholesterol, SLE, Dengue, Gout, Eczema, Migraine and Other red blood cell related illnesses. Get it Today at Lazada while stock last!
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Gynostemma (JiaoguLan) Tea is made from pure extract of Gynostemma Pentaphyllum, which has been called "Miracle Grass" for its ability to help the body in so many ways. It is the only green tea without caffeine. The Chinese and Japanese People have been drinking this tea for thousands of years as an antioxidant, stress reliever and detoxification herb. Research has shown that the composition and the function of that Gynostemma tea is very similar in quality to ginseng and possibly in some way superior. Gynostemma Tea is a 100% all natural green tea without sugar or any other additives. It can help to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.
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