In the cardiovascular system, the heart’s main purpose is to pump blood throughout the entire body and to transport nutrients, hormones, and oxygen to the necessary musculoskeletal tissues and organs that need to do their job properly. When there are pathogens that enter the body, whether it is a poor lifestyle or poor nutrition that can cause the body to develop chronic illnesses, it can cause damage to the cardiovascular system. Some of the cardiovascular disease risk factors like dyslipidemia can disrupt the body’s blood flow throughout the body.Â In this 2 part series, we will be taking a look at what nutraceuticals are used to dampen the effects of dyslipidemia. In part 1, we discussed what dyslipidemia is, its symptoms, and how chronic inflammatory macro-and micronutrients can affect the cardiovascular system. By referring patients to qualified and skilled providers who specialized in cardiovascular services. To that end, and when appropriate, we advise our patients to refer to our associated medical providers based on their examination. We find that education is the key to asking valuable questions to our providers. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC provides this information as an educational service only. Disclaimer
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What Does Dyslipidemia Do To The Body?
In part 1, dyslipidemia is where the lipid levels in the blood are either too high or too low in the bloodstream. As research shows when individuals are getting a routine blood test from their primary healthcare provider, they are unaware that they may have dyslipidemia. If it gets severe or untreated, dyslipidemia can lead to other cardiovascular diseases like coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease.
Research shows that dyslipidemia is an imbalance of lipids in the body that can cause a variety of disorders that can affect the body and can be classified into five categories. When there is an imbalance of lipids in the bloodstream, it is due to many factors that can cause dyslipidemia to go unnoticed until it is severe and it leads to cardiovascular disease with severe complications. These factors can be:
- Poor diet
- Tobacco exposure
- Physical inactivity
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Nutraceuticals For Dyslipidemia
Surprisingly there are many ways to lower dyslipidemia and even lower cholesterol for the heart. Research shows that the role of nutraceuticals has the ability to lower LDL-C (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol) and when it is combined with a lipid-lowering diet can even lower inflammation, oxidative stress, cardiovascular diseases, and improve immune response. Some of the nutraceuticals that can help lower dyslipidemia include:
- Red yeast rice
Red Yeast Rice
Used in traditional Chinese medicine, red yeast rice is a diet staple in Asia. Studies have found that red yeast rice has been used as an alternative to statin therapy for individuals who have mild to moderate hypercholesterolemia. Other studies have shown that red yeast rice contains lovastatin and can help lower cholesterol levels by making sure that the intestines don’t absorb the cholesterol and are secreting the cholesterol out of the body through the stool.
Since hyperlipidemia and dyslipidemia are two of the major risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, berberine can actually dampen the effects of these two risk factors from rising in the body. Studies have found that berberine has been used in Chinese medicine and can actually treat many different conditions like type 2 diabetes and hypertension in the body. Other studies also found that berberine has a great impact on lowering total cholesterol, LDL-C, HDL, and triglycerides in the body.
Pomegranates are filled with antioxidants that can help lower cardiovascular diseases. Since all berries and fruits that contain polyphenols help lower the risk of inflammation in the body, consuming pomegranates in juice form or by eating the fruit itself does wonder for the body. Studies have shown that concentrated pomegranate juice can help improve the lipid profiles of diabetics that have hyperlipidemia. By adding pomegranates into a heart-healthy diet can provide the necessary nutrients for the body and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Research has been shown that pomegranate has a huge amount of beneficial properties that can help the body not only lower inflammation in the body with its antioxidants but with more than 100 phytochemicals that can help lower the risk of dyslipidemia from rising. Other beneficial properties that pomegranate can provide include:
- Cancer prevention
- Improve digestion
- Reduce the effects of arthritis
- Lowers blood pressure
- Decrease insulin resistance
By incorporating some of these nutraceuticals into a heart-healthy diet can help lower cardiovascular diseases. By making small changes to a person’s lifestyle, eating whole nutritional food, taking multi-vitamins, and exercising can provide the individual a new outlook in life and even get rid of ailments that have caused them pain. When there are unwanted pathogens that can affect the body and the organs causing chronic symptoms rise over time making the person’s life miserable. When they start making these small changes in their life they can recover their sense of fulfillment in the world pain-free.
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