Keep­ing your choles­terol in check

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BODY, MIND & SOUL -

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.’

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