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Cholesterol Formula

Cholesterol Formula
 

Dr. Zhang's proprietary herbal formula of effective, fast-acting Natural Supplement Remedy to Lower Cholesterol Naturally.

Price: $39.99
Availability: In Stock
Size: 500mg, 180 Capsules
Manufacturer: Herbalmax USA
SKU: 859283001125

The HERBALmax™ Cholesterol Formula is a 100% natural herbal supplement formulated by Dr. Zhang. The Cholesterol Formula is designed as a blood vessel cleanser and combines a number of potent natural ingredients such hawthorn berry that have been shown in a number of scientific studies to help lower cholesterol and inhibit plaque formation.

The Cholesterol Formula is most suitable for people with moderately high levels. In Dr. Zhang's clinic, many choose the Cholesterol Formula because of the potential side effects associated with other products, e.g. muscle weakness and pain, cognitive impairment, impotence and birth defects.

As one of the best natural supplements, the herbs in the Cholesterol Formula synergistically support the body's regulatory functions to naturally achieve a balanced, healthy cholesterol level. All herbs used in HERBALmax products are selected according to the highest standards to ensure quality and safety. This natural supplement has no known side effects.

Highlights:
  • Helps lower blood lipid levels
  • Improves LDL to HDL ratio
  • All-natural and vegetarian-friendly
  • No known side effects

Ingredients:
Chinese Hawthorn Fruit, Peach Seed, Zedoary Root, Water Plantain, Red Sage Root, Chinese Angelica Root.

Disclaimer: High cholesterol can be dangerous to your heart. If symptoms persist, contact your physician. HERBALmax products are dietary supplements. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Directions for Use:

3 capsules, twice a day on an empty stomach or between meals.

Precautions:

As a precautionary measure, pregnant women are not recommended to take this remedy.

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a. Overview

Cholesterol is a fatty steroid metabolite found in the cell membranes and transported in the blood of all animals. It is an essential structural component of cell membranes and an important precursor for the synthesis of bile acids, Vitamin D and steroid hormones such as the adrenal gland hormones cortisol and aldosterone as well as the sex hormones estrogens, progesterone, and testosterone. However, high levels of cholesterol in the blood circulation, depending on its form of transportation, are strongly associated with progression of atherosclerosis.

Most cholesterol, typically 80-90%, is synthesized within the body. In the U.S. population, typical total body cholesterol synthesis is about 1,000 mg/day, about 20-25% of which occurs in the liver. Typical dietary intake is usually 200-300 mg/day (essentially 0 mg/day for pure vegetarians). The body compensates for cholesterol intake by decreasing or increasing the amount synthesized. In the liver, cholesterol is converted to bile acids and excreted into the digestive tract to aid in the absorption of fat and the fat-soluble Vitamins A, D, E and K. About 50% of the excreted cholesterol is later reabsorbed by the small bowel back into the bloodstream for recycling.

b. VLDL, LDL and HDL

Because cholesterol is largely insoluble in water, it is transported in the water-based bloodstream within lipoproteins, which are complex spherical particles with a water-soluble exterior and a lipid-soluble interior. Triglycerides (a type of fat) and esterified cholesterol are carried internally while phospholipids and free cholesterol are contained in the surface monolayer of the lipoprotein particle.

There are several types of lipoproteins within blood called, in order of increasing density, chylomicrons, very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL), intermediate-density lipoprotein (IDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

VLDL molecules are produced by the liver and contain high levels of triglycerides. During transport in the bloodstream, the blood vessels absorb triglycerides and leave IDL molecules, which contain a higher percentage of cholesterol. Half of the IDL molecules are taken up by the liver and half continue to lose triglycerides in the bloodstream until they form LDL molecules.

LDL molecules are the major carriers of cholesterol in the blood. When this system is deregulated, high levels of LDL molecules appear in the blood and are taken up by macrophages, which become engorged and often get trapped in the walls of blood vessels and contribute to artherosclerotic plaque formation. These plaques are the main causes of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious medical problems, leading to the association of so-called LDL cholesterol (actually a lipoprotein) with “bad” cholesterol.

HDL particles are thought to remove cholesterol from cells and transport cholesterol back to the liver for excretion or to other tissues that use cholesterol to synthesize hormones in a process known as reverse cholesterol transport. Having large numbers of large HDL particles correlates with better health outcomes. Thus HDL is sometimes referred to as “good cholesterol”.

c. High Blood Cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia)

High blood cholesterol is a metabolic derangement that can be secondary to many diseases and can contribute to many diseases. Abnormally high cholesterol levels, especially higher concentrations of LDL and lower concentrations of functional HDL, are strongly associated with cardiovascular disease. This may be related to diet, genetic factors (such as LDL receptor mutations in familial hypercholesterolemia) and the presence of other diseases such as diabetes and an underactive thyroid.

Causes for high cholesterol may include:
  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Smoking and drinking
  • High blood pressure
  • Family history
  • Poor diet
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise

Conditions with elevated concentrations of LDL particles are associated with atheroma formation in artery walls, a condition known as atherosclerosis, which is the principal cause of coronary heart disease and other forms of cardiovascular disease. In contrast, HDL particles have been identified as a mechanism by which cholesterol and inflammatory mediators can be removed from atheroma. Increased concentrations of HDL correlate with lower rates of atheroma progressions and even regression.

Elevated cholesterol does not lead to specific symptoms unless it has been longstanding. Longstanding elevated hypercholesterolemia leads to accelerated atherosclerosis, which can express itself in a number of cardiovascular diseases such as coronary artery disease (angina pectoris, heart attacks), stroke and short stroke-like episodes and peripheral vascular disease.

d. Blood Tests

When measuring cholesterol, it is important to measure its subfractions before drawing a conclusion as to the cause of the problem. For accurate measurements, eating or drink anything other than water should be avoided 9-12 hours before the blood sample is taken. The results may be interpreted according to the numbers below.

Total cholesterol:
  • <200 mg/dL: desirable
  • 200-239 mg/dL: borderline high
  • ≥240 mg/dL: high risk
LDL:
  • <70 mg/dL: optimal for people at high risk of heart disease
  • <100 mg/dL: optimal
  • 100-129 mg/dL: near optimal
  • 130-159 mg/dL: borderline high
  • 160-189 mg/dL: high
  • ≥190 mg/dL: very high
HDL:
  • <40 mg/dL for men or <50 mg/dL for women: high risk
  • 50-59 mg/dL: average
  • >60mg/dL: desirable
Triglycerides:
  • <150 mg/dL: normal
  • 150-199 mg/dL: borderline high
  • 200-499mg/dL: high
  • >500 mg/dL: very high

e. Treatment

High cholesterol levels are often treated with medications, usually statins, combined with low-cholesterol diet. In strictly controlled environments, a specially designed diet can reduce cholesterol levels by 15%. In practice, dietary advice can naturally lower cholesterol by a mild to modest amount.

Dietary influence
Animal fats are complex mixtures of triglycerides, with lesser amounts of cholesterol and phospholipids. As a consequence, all foods containing animal fat contain cholesterol to varying extents. Major dietary sources of cholesterol include cheese, egg yolks, beef, pork, poultry, and shrimp. Cholesterol is not present in plant-based food sources.

Trans fats have been identified as a major dietary risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and should be avoided. Carbohydrates, especially more refined carbohydrates, have also been linked to increased levels of triglycerides and decreased levels of HDL in the blood.

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