It’s not easy to know if you have high cholesterol. So, particularly if your family has a history of heart disease, it is wise to check your cholesterol levels with your doctor.
There are things you can do to reduce the risk of developing bad cholesterol levels.
Cut the bad fats
Foods with saturated fats, hydrogenated fats, and cholesterol (such as animal products, fried foods, and baked snacks) can raise cholesterol
Consider a more vegetarian diet
Vegetarian meals reap the rewards of avoiding animal fats and increasing fibre and other cholesterol-stabilising nutrients (see Lecisun below)
Aim for a healthy body weight to avoid problems with blood lipids and other heart disease risk factors
Use a regular programme of aerobic exercise to maintain optimal blood lipid levels and lower heart disease risk
Kick the habit
Maintain healthy HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels and low heart disease risk by avoiding cigarette smoke
Protect with anti-oxidants
Daily vitamin C and vitamin E help to protect the LDL (“bad”) cholesterol from damage that can increase heart disease risk
Lecisun comes from the same makers as Lecigran, a soya food supplement for those seeking to maintain normal cholesterol levels. Lecisun offers the same benefits but comes from non-genetically modified sunflowers.
Both these products contain the ingredient lecithin. Popularly described as a fat buster, lecithin is technically a natural “phospholipid” which consists of fatty acids and a phosphate group linked to choline and inositol.
As a product Lecisun actually offers more phosphatidyl choline per serving than its soya based counterpart. It is also a rich source of linoleic acid which also plays a vital role in helping maintain normal cholesterol levels.