Balancing your Cholesterol the juggling just got easier

by Myra Charleston  
(reprinted with permission from Emu's Zine)

When you consider the importance cholesterol is to your overall health, you can understand value in maintaining its balance.  Produced by the liver, this lipid is necessary for the production of cell membranes, Vitamin D3, various steroid hormones in the adrenal glands (including cortisol, cortisone and aldosterone), and of sex hormones (progesterone, estrogen and testosterone).  When your cholesterol levels are unbalanced you may suffer from gallstones, an increased risk of heart disease or stroke, skin breakdown or impotence.

The movement of cholesterol throughout the body is achieved by lipoproteins.  The cholesterol hitches  a ride with these protein complexes and in the case of HDLs (High-density lipoproteins) is carried out of the bloodstream for excretion.  LDLs (Low density lipoproteins) carry the cholesterol back into the system for use by various body cells.  The problem occurs when this balance between the HDLs and LDLs is out of whack and there is more cholesterol coming in than is needed by the body.  The excess is deposited in the blood stream and forms a plaque.

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, everyone over the age of 20 should have a lipoprotein profile done every 5 years.  This test will provide you with your total cholesterol level with a breakdown of the HDLs, LDLs and triglycerides.  Click here to see a chart on Blood Cholesterol Levels.

For those persons suffering from high cholesterol levels, a recent study funded by the American Emu Association and done by the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and the Forsyth Institute indicates that a simple, all-natural food supplement may help lower those levels.  In these cholesterol-lowering studies, hamsters were fed chow-based diets containing either coconut oil or emu oil for 4 weeks.  The preliminary results showed hamsters fed emu oil had 25% lower levels of LDL and a 27% increase in HDLs.  WOW!  Let me say that again WOW!  Further studies will undoubtedly be done on the potential of emu oil as a dietary supplement.

How will this help your cholesterol-balancing act?  While emu oil is not currently being produced for oral ingestion by the spoonful, emu oil gel caps are available.  The Emu Oil Institute recommends that you start off taking 9 emu oil gel caps per day (3 caps, 3 times per day) and then adjust that amount to what is comfortable and works for you.  Three to nine a day is usual, depending on the persons needs.  Added to a low cholesterol diet and daily exercise, your cholesterol levels should begin to balance nicely!

Disclaimer:  This article is for information only.  If you have high cholesterol levels, please consult a physician.  

TOTAL BLOOD CHOLESTEROL LEVEL
the lower the better!

Total Cholesterol Level (Mg/dL)

Rating

Below 200

Desirable

200 to 239

Borderline High

240 or greater

High

YOUR HDL CHOLESTEROL LEVEL
The Higher the better!

60 or greater

Ideal

35-59

Desirable

Under 35

Not desirable

YOUR LDL CHOLESTEROL LEVEL
The lower the better!

Under 130

Desirable

130 to 159

Borderline high

160 or greater

High

YOUR TRIGLYCERIDE LEVEL
The lower the better

Under 200

Desirable

200 or 399

Borderline high

400 to 999

High

1,000 or greater

Very high

  Info from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute