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  • Gene Millen, Author - 4/26/14

    These Diets Lower Cholesterol and Support Heart Health

    I'm Gene Millen, cohost on this website with my wife Bernie. In 1990 a skilled heart surgeon stitched bypasses to six of my favorite arteries.

    This caused me to take a fresh look at my lifstyle and to change my occupation from banker to fitness trainer.

    In 1993 we opened The Vital Life Health and Wellness Center which focused on heart healthy eating, exercise and weight loss for the over 40 crowd.

    In the late nineties one of the big stories in the weight loss world was the Atkins Diet and many of our members had great success with it.

    If you are looking for a diet to improve your cholesterol your best choices are the Medediterranean Diet, the Glycemic Index Diet and the Atkins Diet. All of these diets support cholesterol and help to manage blood sugar.

    We've heard it for years. "Eat a low fat diet for good heart health." The old USDA food guide pyramid warned us to use oils 'sparingly'. But we know now that we don't get nearly enough of the essential fatty acids included in fish oil, flax oil and borage oil.

    Expert Changes His Opinion on the
    Best Diet to Lower Cholesterol

    Dr. Dun Gifford, a renowned cardiologist at the Oldways Preservation & Exchange Trust, developed the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid in the early 90's jointly with the Harvard School of Public Health

    Dr. Gifford, explains why his opinion has changed on the subject of carbohydrates and why he supports the Mediterranean diet for lowering cholesterol.

    "I've done a complete 180 on the subject of carbohydrates. Like many cardiologists, I used to recommend that my patients follow the American Heart Association's guidelines for a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet.
    This strategy made sense at first because we in the medical establishment believed that less fat down the hatch directly correlated with less fat in the heart and body.
    What we found instead was that, by encouraging people to eat very little fat while indulging in carbohydrates, their bodies were secreting excess amounts of the hormone insulin, causing them to store surplus carbs as fat.
    When chronically high levels of insulin are circulating throughout your body, the cells eventually become insulin resistant, which can lead to diabetes.
    Once a person is insulin resistant, they also become prone to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, weight gain, and even premature heart disease."

    So how do these diets to lower cholesterol work?

    The Mediterranean approach emphasizes low-glycemic whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. You'll find plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables on your plate, including generous use of garlic and onions.

    Unlike many other diets to lower cholesterol, you'll also find lots of fresh fish, eggs, and small amounts of meat (primarily for flavoring sauces) and dairy, as well as a fair amount of "healthy fats," especially olive oil. As a monounsaturated fatty acid, olive oil does not increase cholesterol and is also a good source of antioxidants.

    Notice that they enjoy the "good stuff" in this diet for lowering cholesterol.

    The traditional Mediterranean diet to lower cholesterol delivers as much as 40% of total daily calories from fat, yet the incidence of heart disease is significantly below that in the United States.

    The Mediterranean diet to lower cholesterol is also naturally rich in Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and the minerals potassium, calcium and magnesium, all proven to enhance heart health.

    You need omega 3 oil in your diet to lower cholesterol!

    The evidence is overwhelming that omega-3 fatty acids or, more specifically, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the main components of fish oil and krill oil, are highly effective in preventing sudden cardiac death, death from heart disease, and certain arrhythmias.

    Fish and Fish Oil...Proceed With Caution

    For years, the medical establishment touted fish as the ultimate heart healthy food, citing its abundance of omega-3s.

    There's just one problem: most of the fish you find in the stores and restaurants has been raised on a farm.
    That means the fish are fed a diet of fish flakes made from corn, cereal grains and other additives. This unnatural diet of Omega 6 food causes the salmon's omega-3 levels to plummet, which is definately not the diet you want to lower cholesterol.

    If you choose fish oil it's important that it be pharmaceutical grade and from a source that has been molecularly distilled to remove dangerous heavy metals and contaminants.

    Why I Like Krill Oil

    • Krill oil enhances glucose metabolism in your liver, whereas fish oil does not
    • Promotes lipid metabolism, whereas fish oil does not
    • Helps regulate the mitochondrial respiratory chain, whereas fish oil does not
    • Decreases cholesterol synthesis, whereas fish oil increases it
    So, krill will help lower your triglyceride and cholesterol levels and increase your energy production, whereas fish oil does neither and in fact may even raise your cholesterol level, according to the latest research.
    Krill Oil is the best source of omega-3 fatty acids for the maintenance of a vital heart and brain.

    Unlike fish oil, the Omega-3 fatty acids in Krill Oil are absorbed and carried to the body's cells in phospholipid form.

    Phospholipids form the structural basis of cell membranes, so Phospholipids with Omega-3 fatty acids are easily recognized, absorbed and utilized by the body.
    Best of all, there is no fishy after-taste and the
    softgels are a lot smaller and easy-to-swallow. Click here to learn more.

    If you are ready to be healthier and have more energy I recommend that you give one of these diets to lower cholesterol a try. My personal favorite is the Glycemic Index and for a limited time you can download my Glycemic Index Weight Loss Ebook FREE! Just click here.

    Any diet to lower cholesterol needs to include a smart exercise program for long term success.

    Bill Phillips is the author of the New York Times #1 best seller, Body-for-Life, who has helped more than a MILLION people become lighter and healthier.

    His new Bio-Balance Diet Solution is scientifically designed to DOUBLE fat loss and quickly transform your body and heart health without starvation diets or extreme exercise. You need to give this a hard really works!

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    Your heart will say thank you!

    "Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it."
    Proverbs 4:23

    Thanks for joining us on the journey toVital Heart Health for Life!
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    "Put God in charge of your work, then what you've planned will take place." Psalm 35:27

    • Started, owned and operated the Vital Life Health and Wellness Center, a health and wellness club designed for the 50+ population.
    • Created and implementedwellness programs that improved heart health for life for 1200 members.
    • The heart health for life wellness programs they developed were judged #1 in California for four consecutive years.
    • Gene has been certified as a Physical Fitness Specialist by the prestigious Cooper Clinic and Wellness Center in Dallas Texas
    • Certification as a Medical Exercise Specialist included designing personalized exercise/wellness programs for those recovering from heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and more.

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    Study of Red Meat published in the American Heart Association Journal.

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