Cholesterol is found in every cell of the body and strengthens cell membranes, digest fat and make hormones. Cholesterol performs vital functions in the body but too much cholesterol in the body causes serious cardio-vascular diseases. Cholesterol is transported through out the body by special carriers called lipoproteins. There are two types of cholesterol LDL referred as bad cholesterol and HDL referred as good cholesterol.
The symptoms of high cholesterol are rare and people with low cholesterol do not feel better than people with high cholesterol in any way. The body's response to high levels of cholesterol is crucial and determining factor of occurrence of various diseases those are end results of high cholesterol. Generally people experiencing fatigue without any physical labor and even after taking proper rest and diet may have high level of cholesterol.
Some people get breathless very soon while walking or climbing ladders. If a person feel some pain in the chest or uneasiness after climbing ladders doctors advice for a cholesterol check. Heaviness in the chest area may also be due to high cholesterol. Some people develop white patches on their skin or yellowish patches around eyelids or white discoloration of cornea. These are also symptoms of high cholesterol.
High cholesterol is caused by various reasons but it comes without any warning. High cholesterol gives rise to serious cardio-vascular diseases which may cause a stroke or heart attack. Unhealthy diet is the biggest cause of high cholesterol, person eating a diet high on fats and carbohydrates and low on fiber tend to develop this medical condition. Saturated fats mostly found in animal products, fried and processed foods are very harmful and raise the level of bad cholesterol in the body.
Excessive consumption of alcohol is another common reason for high cholesterol. Stress also raises the cholesterol level of the body and most of the Doctors advice proper rest and sleep while treating high cholesterol for relieving stress. Slow metabolism is also responsible for this medical condition caused either due to growing age or any other reason. Slow metabolism slows down the tissue growth which consequently raises the level of cholesterol in the body even at the young age. In women, after menopause cholesterol level tend to rise exposing them for heart diseases. Heredity is another factor responsible for causing high cholesterol.
Guggul or myrrh tree is commonly found in India and Arabia and its bark exhibits amazing cholesterol lowering properties. Bark of this tree is used as supplement and has been found effective in lowering the levels of triglycerides and LDL in the body to control rising levels of cholesterol and bringing it down to healthy level. Natural supplement like guggul does not have any side effects like upset stomach, headache and fatigue normally associated with other medicines.
Garlic as a supplement, spice or in the diet is an excellent blood thinner and purifier which helps in lowering cholesterol. Garlic consumption is advised by all the practitioners in the diet for lowering cholesterol. Along with guggul as a supplement garlic can provide complete treatment to the problem of high cholesterol and promoting HDL in the body.