Just How Effective is Juicing for Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a substance found in the human body and plays an integral role in building and maintaining body cells. Many people know cholesterol not because of its positive role in the body but because of the fear of high cholesterol. They say too much of something is poisonous, and this can never be truer than with cholesterol. Excessive amounts of what is known as ‘bad cholesterol’ in the body can be life threatening, to say the least.
While cholesterol can be derived from the foods that you eat, in most cases most of it comes from the liver and surrounding organs, and will be found circulating in your bloodstream. The bad cholesterol is known as LDL, and helps transport body building materials all over the body where they are needed.
However, if there is too much LDL in the bloodstream, it ends up lining your artery walls, and as a result forms a ‘plaque’. What this means is that your arteries will become narrow and narrow by the day, and as time goes by become less efficient at transporting building materials. If left untreated for long, it may lead to stroke or heart attack, because it might eventually interfere with blood flow towards the brain and/ or heart. The good cholesterol on the other hand is known as High-Density Lipoproteins (HDL), which counters the effects of the LDL.
With that being said, doctors have always advised on controlling cholesterol levels in the body. If the current statistics are anything to go by, then juicing for cholesterol really works. Avocado juice for example has proven very effective in this. Avocadoes are naturally rich in oleic acid as well as some substantial amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Studies show that the healthy fats found in Avocado can help lower LDL levels in the body. These they do by increasing the levels of HDL while helping get rid of LDL cholesterol.
There is also evidence that soluble fiber does reduce the bad cholesterol in the body. Juices rich in soluble fiber include plum juice, strawberries, pears, apples, and carrot juice. Green vegetable juices, such as spinach juice, amaranth juice, have also proven very effective when it comes to not only getting rid of the bad cholesterol but also regulating it in the blood stream. What this means is that a regular intake of these juices will occupy a large and constant part in your blood stream hence the ‘bad cholesterol will never find space to stay. As such, they will be effective in the transportation of body building materials and because they will be regulated, they accumulation will be very minimal.
Garlic juice has also proven an effective remedy for high cholesterol levels in the body. Garlic is a super food thanks to its amazing properties. In this case, it acts a natural blood thinner (the same way aspirin works), and because of it’s a antioxidant, you can rest assured it will be very effective in controlling the levels of cholesterol. While it may be hard to take garlic as it is, you might want to mix it with sweeter juices, and so is the case with the vegetable juices, to help improve the taste and make it ‘sweeter’.
This article was written by Avina, a contributor for the site Ultimate Cosmetics where you can learn some useful beauty tips.