National Cholesterol Week – Artichoke!

artichoke 2     It is National Cholesterol Week between 14-20th October. What is your contribution to raise awareness of what cholesterol is, its benefits and of course the damage it can do to the body?

We need cholesterol, which is a sterol or lipid/waxy substance that is important in healthy cell division, brain function and other bodily functions. We could not live without it. However if you smoke, don’t exercise enough and have an unhealthy diet rich in processed and refined foods, trans fats, then you may develop health problems later. “Bad” (LDL) cholesterol can clog arteries making them hard and narrow that can lead to heart problems. Making small changes in your lifestyle especially in your diet can make a big difference, such as switching to whole foods (no white produce) and eating healthy fats e.g. ghee, coconut butter (butter is a healthy fat), olive oil and so on. Saturated fats do not lead to high cholesterol, that is a myth and research supports the need of saturated fats in your diet to protect the heart. On top of this, there is a very beneficial plant, Artichoke (Cynara scolymus) that if you incorporate in your diet can lower total cholesterol in the blood and increase the production of HDL or “good” cholesterol. It also aids digestion and can help alleviate indigestion, IBS type symptoms, flatulence and bloating, and can even help with blood sugar problems.. You would have to eat a lot artichoke to have a beneficial effects. In case you don’t like artichoke there is always a solution.

Try Thisilyn Artichoke that contains 320 mg of extract from artichoke leaves. If you have cholesterol or digestion problems, or simply had a big meal and know that you will digest it for ages, then take 1-2 tablets, sit back and relax.

You may also want to try Thisilyn Turmeric Xtra that contains artichoke and turmeric. With the added turmeric your digestion can be even better especially if you have IBS type problems or any inflammatory conditions.

If you have serious cholesterol and circulatory problems, please consult your GP.

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