Po­tent choles­terol fighter

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ChOLES­TEROL is a fatty sub­stance that cir­cu­lates in the blood­stream. It is pro­duced nat­u­rally in the body and may also come from food such as eggs, meats and dairy foods.

There are two types of choles­terols namely, the bad LDL-choles­terol and the good hDL-choles­terol. Too much LDL-choles­terol in the blood can cause the for­ma­tion of plaque that clog ar­ter­ies and in­crease the risk of coro­nary heart dis­eases and stroke.

hDL-choles­terol helps flush out the ex­ces­sive bad choles­terol to the liver for dis­posal.

Main­tain­ing a healthy choles­terol level is es­sen­tial to re­duc­ing the risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases. While over­weight in­di­vid­u­als are more likely to have high choles­terol lev­els, thin ones too can be af­fected. high choles­terol lev­els symp­toms are also hered­i­tary.

Life­style fac­tors such as a highly rich diet, seden­tary life­styles, smok­ing and reg­u­lar al­co­hol con­sump­tion can all el­e­vate choles­terol lev­els.

Adopt­ing a healthy diet, cou­pled with life­style changes can help re­duce your choles­terol lev­els.

The Amer­i­can heart As­so­ci­a­tion (AhA) rec­om­mends that the aver­age in­take of fat should be 30% of the to­tal daily calo­ries. This fat in­take should be bal­anced, con­tain­ing ap­prox­i­mately 30% sat­u­rated fat, 33% polyun­sat­u­rated fat (con­tain­ing es­sen­tial fatty acids) and 37% mo­noun­sat­u­rated fat.

Rice bran oil (RBO) has the most bal­anced fatty-acid pro­file that is close to the AhA rec­om­men­da­tions.

In Ja­pan, RBO is pop­u­larly known as the “heart oil” ow­ing to its car­dio­vas­cu­lar ben­e­fits.

Re­searches re­vealed that the health ben­e­fits of RBO are largely at­trib­uted to the pres­ence of gamma oryzanol, which is not found in any other ed­i­ble veg­etable oils.

It is an an­tiox­i­dant shown to se­lec­tively re­duce bad LDL-choles­terol while im­prov­ing the good hDL-choles­terol in the blood.

RBO is a nu­tri­tional oil ex­tracted from the bran of the rice ker­nel. It is nat­u­rally en­riched with high lev­els of es­sen­tial nu­tri­ents such as gamma oryzanol, vi­ta­min E, phy­tonu­tri­ents, squa­lene and amino acids.

Called World’s health­i­est Ed­i­ble Oil, it has a high pro­por­tion of mo­noun­sat­u­rated and polyun­sat­u­rated fatty acids use­ful for main­tain­ing healthy choles­terol profiles.

RBO is nat­u­rally rich in vi­ta­min E, a mixed spec­trum of to­co­pherol and to­cotrienol – po­tent an­tiox­i­dants that can pro­tect the body from the harm­ful ef­fects of free rad­i­cals.

To­cotrienols have been shown to re­duce triglyc­erides, strengthen the ar­te­rial wall and sup­port blood flow through the ar­ter­ies.

Hor­mone-bal­anc­ing Ben­e­fits

Gamma oryzanol ap­pears to help re­lieve menopausal dis­com­forts in women, in­clud­ing hot flushes, pro­fuse sweat­ing, mood swings, heart pal­pi­ta­tions, anx­i­ety and in­som­nia. It helps pre­vent the over-se­cre­tion of fol­li­cle-stim­u­lat­ing hor­mone (FSh) and lutein­is­ing hor­mone (Lh) from the pi­tu­itary, which con­trib­utes to hot flushes and re­lated symp­toms.

It is also known to in­duce en­dor­phins, which pro­motes a sense of hap­pi­ness and well-be­ing.

Stretch marks and scar treat­ment

Vi­ta­min E found in RBO also helps lighten ex­ist­ing stretch marks and scars, while im­prov­ing over­all skin con­di­tion.

Stretch marks are com­mon dur­ing preg­nancy, af­ter a rapid weight gain, dur­ing pu­berty or af­ter a pro­longed use of cor­ti­cos­teroid med­i­ca­tion. The heal­ing ef­fect may be due to vi­ta­min E, which has­tens wound heal­ing and cell re­gen­er­a­tion. It also en­hances col­la­gen pro­duc­tion, re­sult­ing in in­creased skin elas­tic­ity.

This ar­ti­cle is brought to you by Vi­tahealth. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact 03-7729 3873.

Rice bran oil has the most bal­anced fatty-acid pro­file that is close to the AHA rec­om­men­da­tions.

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