Oxidized-Ldl

When a Healthy Cholesterol Level Can Go Wrong

…interaction is that the LDL becomes oxidized. The Dangers of Oxidized LDL Cholesterol Unlike normal LDL cholesterol levels, oxidized LDL cholesterol has toxic effects on the cells it attaches to. This is especially troublesome when oxidized LDL penetrates the endothelial cells lining the arteries because…

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The Heart Health Benefits of Vitamin C

…blood vessel walls by enabling the synthesis of collagen in the connective tissue of the arterial walls. Weakened collagen can permit noxious oxidized LDL, homocysteine, Lp(a), cigarette smoke and heavy metals to cause inflammatory reactions in the vascular lining—which starts the atherosclerotic…

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Measuring Your HDL Cholesterol Level

…about HDL fractions and cholesterol screening guidelines, and it may turn out that some HDL can be just as harmful, perhaps even more so, than oxidized LDL. We are hearing, for instance, that there are some types of HDL that are pro-inflammatory. This is an area in which we are still learning—and…

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With Cholesterol, Focus on the Right Numbers

…switch their cholesterol focus away from LDL cholesterol and over to HDL cholesterol. HDL serves the body as a lipid garbage truck, picking up oxidized LDL and excess cholesterol particles and carrying them back to the liver for processing into steroid hormones and bile acids. HDL thus reduces the potential…

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A High Antioxidant Diet Lowers Heart Attack Risk

…cardiovascular benefits from a high-antioxidant diet. For instance, researchers have found that vitamin C protects blood vessel linings from damaging oxidized LDL cholesterol. Other studies have shown that the antioxidant glutathione improves the functioning of the endothelial cells lining coronary arteries…

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