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High cholesterol and bodybuilding

Posted by: Paul

Bodybuilders tend to eat a lot of animal protein in their diets, this can results in high LDL cholesterol levels which can block blood vessels and increase the risk of heart disease. Here is something you can do to stay healthy while bodybuilding.

Got High Cholesterol?

High cholesterol and high blood pressure are very common among the average American. Just take a look around your, there are countless of fast food restaurants everywhere. It's next to impossible to go about your everyday business without passing by fast-food restaurants.

They are near or in schools, near your workplace, inside other stores, inside gas stations, in the air ports, they are everywhere. Its no doubt about it, it's what you eat and how often you stay active that's affecting your health. When you go to the doctor they will recommend an extremely expensive medication which you have to stay on for long periods of time.

Is their a simpler solution? Well yes, the simplest solution is always prevention, but besides that some research may show some insight on a natural source that may lower your cholesterol. Flax seeds, a golden/yellowish seed that are packed with powerful nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids and lignans may be your alternative solution. Clinical trials from the journal of Nutrition Reviews found that 1-5 tablespoons of flax seed a day may reduce cholesterol by 18 percent.

Remember that there are two types of cholesterol. High density lipoprotein (HDL) which is the good type of cholesterol; they carry cholesterol away from the body to the liver when it is excreted. The other type is the bad type of cholesterol or the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) which carries cholesterol within the body.

Having a higher HDL than LDL is beneficial. Most natural food stores sell flax seeds. Remember to get flax seeds, and NOT flax seed oil. It is recommended to grind them before eating in order to release all of their beneficial properties, and make sure to refrigerate them in order to prevent spoilage. Go ahead and sprinkle it on your meals, its good for you.

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