This October marks National Cholesterol month. With more than two in five people in England suffering from high cholesterol, it’s a topic which requires full attention. At Kwai, we believe that life is for living, and are supporting the cause to help spread awareness about the risks of high cholesterol and the simple lifestyle changes which you can make to help.
In this month’s blog, we will cover the science behind cholesterol, why having a high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart and circulatory disease, and our top tips for keeping your cholesterol levels under control.
What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fatty substance which is produced naturally in the liver, and is found in your blood. Whilst cholesterol is necessary in the body as each cell uses it, having a high level of cholesterol can increase your risk of heart and circulatory diseases such as heart attack and stroke1.
There are two main types of cholesterol – the good and the bad. The good cholesterol is known as High-density lipoproteins, or HDL. This is when the protein and cholesterol combine, taking the excess cholesterol back to the liver and breaking it down so that it can be passed from your body1. The bad cholesterol is known as Non-high-density lipoproteins or non-HDL. When there is too much of this in the body, it can build up inside the walls of the blood vessels – causing clogging and narrowing of the arteries1. This in turn increases the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Having high cholesterol levels can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), alongside some other risk factors:
- High blood pressure.
- Physical inactivity.
- Having diabetes.
- Being overweight.
- A family history of coronary heart disease.
If left untreated, serious health problems could develop, such as blood clots, heart attack, heart failure, angina, narrowed arteries, stroke, alongside CVD. If you suspect that you have high cholesterol, you should visit your GP.
Reducing your risk
To reduce your risk of high cholesterol, there are some top heart care tips which you can follow:
- Eat a healthy balanced diet which is low in saturated fat.
- Be more active.
- Quit smoking.
- Cut down on alcohol consumption.
- Invest in some heart care supplements.
Supported in over 20 clinical studies and based on the latest scientific thinking, Kwai supplements contain a selected blend of key ingredients:
Kwai Blood Pressure – a blend of nutrients specifically selected to help maintain normal blood pressure and heart muscle function.
Kwai Heartcare – made using highest quality garlic cloves to provide optimum yield of allicin. Taken as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, it is considered by many to be an important part of their daily routine.
Kwai Heartcare+ – contains Japanese black garlic (450mg), allicin (2,700μg), and vitamin B1 (0.83mg). The unique formulation of Kwai Heartcare+ helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and maintain a healthy heart while also contributing to resistance to temporary stress.