Cholesterol still has a bad name, though not as bad as it did before the distinction was drawn between good and bad cholesterol. The confusion is understandable; cholesterol is a part of our body essential functioning; we need it to live. At the same time we know that bad cholesterol raises our risk of serious health problems, such as strokes, heart attacks and high blood pressure.
Lipoproteins are often mentioned in the same articles as cholesterol; they carry cholesterol through the bloodstream. LDL (Low-density lipoprotein) delivers much needed cholesterol to every cell in the body; HDL (High density Lipoprotein) picks up excess cholesterol which is stored or disposed of via the liver. We can see the advantage of HDL as it keeps cholesterol from becoming excess.
There are potential problems with LDL, however – it easily becomes oxidised in the blood by free radicals. It is this oxidised substance that forms the plaque on artery walls. This plaque not only accumulates, it changes the artery wall itself. The stroke, heart attacks and blood pressure risks all stem from this.
The best approach for dealing with cholesterol is a combination of using antioxidants (vitamin E, C lipoic acid) to prevent oxidation of the LDL that is in your body, and reducing the total LDL by use of Policosanol.
Policosanol has little, if anything, in the way of side effects, and works very well even in small doses. Being derived from sugar cane is it fairly unprocessed; it is not artificially created like some drugs. It seems to restore healthy function rather than artificially induce a change; it seems your body will deal with cholesterol in a natural way when using policosanol.
An antioxidant rich diet, consisting of a variety of vegetables, fruit and tea, will make a considerable difference to both cholesterol levels and health in general. Combining natural foods such as these with Policonsanol will increase the effectiveness of both approaches.