Sunday, November 21, 2010
Healthy News Worth Shouting About!
Ruth Barnes, our upline mentor and dear friend, got a quadruple genetic whammy from her parents and grandparents. Her father died of a heart attack at age 60, and her mother struggled with angina all her adult life. Ruth never knew any grandparents- they all died young of heart disease. Ruth was aware of her genetic risk and has pursued a healthy diet and Shaklee supplement program for years.
Her cardiologists have told her that her pro-active strategies have definitely kept her alive. Four years ago, she had to have 4 stents put in 2 arteries after a triple-by-pass did not work as well as they had hoped. Even after this, Ruth’s ejection fraction measure- the measure of blood pumped out of the ventricles with each heart beat was in the 35% range. Healthy levels are 55-75%. She increased her Omega Guard from 6 to 12 per day. Many of you would say, “Isn’t that dangerous- isn’t she over-dosing”?
Quite the opposite…Her ejection fraction measurement in July of this year was 76%. Her cardiologist was truly impressed and very supportive of her supplement routine.
Ruth gave him even more reason to be impressed this week when she had her cholesterol levels checked. She has been on Cholesterol Reduction Complex since late August. Her LDL cholesterol levels dropped a whopping 14.9% with a 15% increase in the HDL’s. Her cardiologist felt that her HDL increase was the most impressive. He said, “I haven’t seen anyone increase their HDL levels to this degree…ever.” Remember the main function of HDL’s are to soak up excess cholesterol from the walls of the blood vessels and transport them to the liver where they are broken down and then moved to the intestines where they are bound with bile and removed from the body. There is a corollary function of Cholesterol Reduction Complex- it has to do with the LDL cholesterol. Ruth’s LDL levels dropped because the sterols and stanols in the Cholesterol Reduction Complex keep the cholesterol in the intestines so they are bound with bile from the liver and removed from the body. Ruth is so excited she said she’d like to go out on the street and shout the good news. Perhaps we can help!
Do you know someone who has high levels of cholesterol? Would you be willing to speak with them? Whether they are not taking any medications or they are on cholesterol medications, they simply take 2 CR Complex with two meals each day. Then get their results checked in 3 months. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they could work with their doctor to reduce their medications after lowering their cholesterol levels? And wouldn’t you feel good knowing you helped someone to better health?
Nedra’s note: Could Ruth have gotten these results with supplements from the drug store or big box store? I think not. Remember the article in our July newsletter that told of an environmental agency suing ten distributors of Omega-3 fish oils because their labels said pure and safe while the contents of the fish oil capsules showed high levels of PCB’s? I’m certain there are other supplement companies who are advertising cholesterol lowering medications as well. Are they safe?
There are supplement companies and then there is Shaklee…350 tests on every new raw ingredient—over 80,000 quality tests a year on our supplements. Who else does this? Check out the Brand X company the next time you consider switching brands. Call the company and ask how many tests their company does on the raw ingredients for their supplements. Then ask if they test during manufacture and again after the product is complete. The company reps may well tell you that is excessive testing. My answer is- it’s not excessive…It’s the Shaklee way of keeping us safe. ( Contact me at 910-477-0941 for questions and more information.)
Thursday, August 26, 2010
People with high total cholesterol may have a significantly greater risk of developing heart disease than people with optimal levels.
10% reduction in LDL (“bad”) cholesterol equates to an approximately 20% decrease in heart disease risk.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends consuming no more than 300 mg of cholesterol a day; those with heart disease should consume less than 200 mg of cholesterol.
According to the AHA, eating one egg for breakfast, drinking two cups of coffee with 1 tablespoon of half-and-half each, lunching on 4 ounces of lean skinless turkey breast with one tablespoon of mayonnaise, and eating a 6-ounce serving of broiled short loin porterhouse steak for dinner yields 510 mg of dietary cholesterol. That’s nearly twice the recommended daily amount!
The NIH recommends that people with elevated cholesterol consume 2 grams of plant stanols and sterols a day because over 80 clinical studies have proven that they work. Two grams a day of stanols and sterols is sufficient to lower cholesterol (the bad kind) by 9 to 13%.
And many other clinical studies have shown that lowering LDL cholesterol by that much will lower your risk of a heart attack by 18-26%.
Men tend to have higher cholesterol than women. However, after menopause, cholesterol levels in women increase due to a decline in estrogen production.
Natural compounds found in plants, fruits, vegetables, and grains called plant sterols and stanols can help lower your cholesterol naturally. CHOLESTEROL REDUCTION COMPLEX
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This can effectively prevent cholesterol from being sent into the bloodstream and the body. The net result is that less cholesterol is absorbed by the body; the plant sterols/stanols are then processed and excreted by the body because they are poorly absorbed.
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