Self-Care Guide: Cholesterol

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Do you love ice cream or potato chips?

A low-fat diet can make a big difference to your health. Yet the latest research shows that diet is not the only factor. The way the body metabolizes fats may be more important than how much fat you eat. Cholesterol is a fatty acid that begins in the liver. It is essential for building cell membranes, vitamin D, hormones and bile acids. Low density lipoprotein (LDL) is "bad" because it carries cholesterol into the bloodstream. Too much can lead to clogged arteries and heart disease. High density lipoprotein (HDL) is "good" because it carries cholesterol out of the bloodstream. The amount of good HDL in your blood is related to fat metabolism — what your body does with the fats in your diet.

Natural program puts you in control

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The Cholesterol Protection System is a holistic program combining herbs and simple, yet effective, diet and lifestyle recommendations. Each step of the program helps balance cholesterol to improve your cardiovascular health.

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