Keeping your cholesterol in check
THE word cholesterol may not strike fear in the hearts of people, unlike cancer or a heart attack. However, too much of it in the bloodstream can cause plaque to build in one’s arteries.
This hardens and narrows the arterial blood flow, and could lead to heart disease or stroke. Once it strikes, life changes forever – from eating habits, daily activities and outlook in life.
High cholesterol is a silent killer that can usually be detected with a blood test. It is also unbiased. It strikes regardless of race, age or body size – not necessarily just the old and obese.
And thanks to our modern diet of processed and saturated foods, even young and skinny people can have high cholesterol. The statistics are startling – one in three Malaysians has high cholesterol.
You could be one of them. Various factors that put you at risk include poor lifestyle choices: an unhealthy diet, smoking and being overweight.
The best way to keep your heart healthy is by adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle. Adding oat bran to your daily diet is an effective and easy way of giving some love to your heart everyday.
Oat beta-glucan has long been proven for its cholesterol-lowering effect. Studies have shown that daily consumption of 3g oat beta-glucan results in a significant reduction in total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
So far, various bodies and organisations have given their approval of oat beta-glucan, such as the MOH, the US FDA (Food & Drug Administration), EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) and FSANZ (Australia New Zealand Food Standards).
The new NH Oat Plus 26 organic oat bran powder gives you a natural all-around choice of organic oat bran powder, with 20% beta-glucan imported from Australia.
Pesticide-free and organically grown in the best conditions, NH Oat Plus 26 provides consumers peace of mind. It is an excellent health choice because of its efficacy. About 95% of beta-glucan (soluble fibre) is found in the oat bran and NH Oat Plus 26 contains only the integral parts, milled for the best nutritional value.
Even a small quantity packs a punch – two scoops of NH Oat Plus 26 provides 3.6g of beta-glucan, higher than the recommended 3g daily by the Health Ministry for lowering cholesterol effectively.
Even Malaysia’s popular singer Victor Wong worries less after taking NH Oat Plus 26 daily to keep his cholesterol levels low.
“In just six weeks, I found that my cholesterol level has normalised to a healthy level. It’s more effective than the normal oatmeal I previously took as it contains five times the amount of oat beta-glucan.
“It is easy to drink, convenient and tasty. But most importantly, it works,” he added.
NH Oat Plus 26 organic oat bran powder is available at Watsons and Caring Pharmacy outlets.
For details, call NH Careline 1300 882 993 from Monday to Friday (9am to 6pm).
Wong: ‘NH Oat Plus 26 organic oat bran powder is easy to take and it is tasty.’