I just finished talking about Cardiol with CCN Martie Whittekin, host of The Healthy by Nature Show on www.radiomartie.com out of Houston, Texas. You can listen to her educate the public and host many other health practitioners and doctors about natural alternative ways to prevent disease and maintain health!
Here is a summary of Cardiol and why it’s helpful in lowering your cholesterol naturally!
Cholesterol’s job- It’s not all bad. It’s rather important ….
– Building blocks for our hormones (hormones for our metabolism, energy, how we deal with stress, making babies, gut function)
– Building blocks for Vitamin D (Helpful for bones/muscles, immune system and mental/emotional health and stability)
– Digest Fat
– Protect cells from cancer
– Building blocks for cell walls (Basically if a cell looked like a “bubble” that kids blow, the shape of the bubble -that outer rim- is made of cholesterol)
The “good” vs the “bad”:
LDL has been tagged as the BAD. I prefer to say, Lower LDL (L for L) because LDL still serves an important function in the body.
HDL has been tagged as the GOOD. I prefer to say, Higher HDL (H for H) because having high levels of HDL is awesome for your body.
TG (triglycerides) play an important role in metabolism as energy sources and transporters of dietary fat.
Total Cholesterol: 140-220 (a little higher than your MD is probably suggesting, but this is a healthy range. Remember all the benefits and job’s of cholesterol!
HDL-greater than 60
* an important equation Total Cholesterol = LDL + (HDL + TG/5) because your Total Cholesterol could be high, but all the different types of cholesterol maybe in perfect range. To calculate : write down equation, plug in LDL and HDL and the new # you get for TG/5. Then, add HDL to your new # (the TG/5). Then take that # and add it to LDL. That is your total cholesterol.
Ingredients in Cardiol:
Red Rice Yeast- latin name is Monoascus purpureus. It’s a product of yeast that grows on rice. It contains a compound called monocolin K (same product in statins) that blocks an important enzyme called HMG-COA reductace. The great things about red rice yeast is that it is an adaptogen, meaning that it adapts to what the body needs, where as a chemical like a statin doesn’t ask the body what it needs, instead, it forces the body to do what it’s being told by the chemical.
Bioflavonoids- are the natural pigments in fruits and vegetables. They are particularly great for balancing histamine (allergic) reaction, particularly on mast cells. But we understand them best as vascular system protectors (so protecting the walls of all our arteries, venies, heart, ect) Anywhere blood flows. Its also great for the skin and has lots of anti-EVERYTHING properties. Good natural sources are green tea and organic berries.
Resveratrol- quercetin is one of the big anti-oxidants and resveratrol is quercetin rutinoside. Helps support the immune system.
Polyconsanols– plant “wax” used to help lower LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and increase HDL (“good” cholesterol) by regulating HMG-coA (that enzyme I talked about in regards to Red Rice Yeast) and bile acids (fat dissolvers from the gall bladder). Natural Source: yams.
CoQ10- #1 anti-oxidant for the heart! But is blocked by Statins. So even though you maybe lowering your cholesterol, in essence, you are potentially causing more harm to your heart. Organs with the highest energy requirements—such as the heart, liver and kidney —have the highest CoQ10 concentrations. It’s energy and protection for the those organs!
Sesame- Sesame oil is a source of vitamin E- another potent anti-oxidant. It has also been correlated with lowering cholesterol levels as well as balancing out progesterone levels (a sex hormones in men and women). Sesame oil also contains magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, zinc, and vitamin B6- very nutritious!
Vitamin E- old school anti-oxidant
Folic Acid- great for DNA repair, cell growth, fuel for cells. Great for red blood cells and anemia.
B3 (Niacin)- vasodiolator (expands your circulatory “pipes”). Blocks the breakdown of fats in adipose (fat) tissue. These fats are used to build a very low density lipoprotein (VLDL) in the liver, which are precursors of LDL- (“bad” cholesterol). By lowering VLDL levels, niacin also increases the level of HDL (“good” cholesterol) in blood, and therefore it is sometimes prescribed for people with low HDL, who are also at high risk of a heart attack.
B6- major helper vitamin! It helps with many body functions and processes.
B12- Great for nervous system, brain, cell function, those who don’t eat read meat. For those who do- remember: organic, grass fed and FINISHED beef is best! High in omega 3’s (anti-inflammatory good fats) and high in iron!
Black pepper- stimulates circulation.
EPA – Found in Omega 3 fatty acids (anti-inflammatory fats). Heart specific essential fat.
DHA- also found in Omega 3 fats which can be found in fish oil for example, but more for brain development and central nervous system health. Make sure your fish oil or source of Omega 3 is PURE PURE PURE!
* These statements are general statements. Please consult your medical provider or Dr. Michelle Wolford for personalized advice and treatment.