ARE YOU AMONG THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WITH HIGH CHOLESTEROL?
DID YOU KNOW?
High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease. As blood cholesterol rises, so does the risk of developing heart disease. Your chances of having high cholesterol are greater if you are a male, are older, are a woman experiencing post-menopause, have a family history of high cholesterol, or if your diet is high in saturated fat and cholesterol.
Fact: One in three adults in the U.S. has high cholesterol, which can affect anyone at any age, and can negatively impact heart health and cardiovascular function over time. People with high cholesterol have a higher risk of developing heart disease compared to those with optimal levels. Among the culprits are genetics and diet. Some people are predisposed to high cholesterol and produce more of it in the liver, while others get too much from the foods they eat—foods such as bacon, hot dogs, and sausages that also contain high amounts saturated fat. These foods may sit well on your palate, but without proper measures to control intake and reduce body cholesterol levels, they can lead to some major health challenges.
DID YOU KNOW?
• A 10% reduction of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol equates to a 10%–20% decrease in heart disease risk.
• If you eat foods such as pizza, hamburgers, and steak on a regular basis, you may be increasing your chances for developing high cholesterol.
• The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends consuming no more than 300 mg of cholesterol a day; those with heart disease should consume less than 200 mg of cholesterol.
• According to the AHA, eating one egg for breakfast, drinking two cups of coffee with 1 tablespoon of half-and-half each, lunching on 4 ounces of lean skinless turkey breast with one tablespoon of mayonnaise, and eating a 6-ounce serving of broiled short loin porterhouse steak for dinner yields 510 mg of dietary cholesterol. That’s nearly twice the recommended daily amount!
• Men tend to have higher cholesterol than women. However, after menopause, cholesterol levels in women increase due to a decline in estrogen production.
The good news is you can lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease by taking responsibility in managing your cholesterol levels.
The heart-healthy choice that provides 2,000 mg of plant sterols and stanols per day
Shaklee Cholesterol Reduction Complex is a proprietary formulation with clinically proven ingredients that help prevent the absorption of cholesterol and lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. It contains plant sterols and stanols that, when added to a healthy diet, have been shown in numerous studies to significantly reduce LDL cholesterol.
• Made with a powerful blend of sterols and stanols, which are found naturally in plants, fruits, vegetables, and grains
• Delivers 2,000 mg of plant sterols and stanols daily
• Plant sterols and stanols have been clinically proven by more than 80 studies to lower LDL cholesterol
• Delivers daily 100% of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) recommendation for plant sterols and stanols*
• Gluten free
• Star-K certified (kosher)
So how, exactly, do plant sterols and stanols work?
1. Plant sterols and stanols are ingested from food or supplements.
2. Because they are structurally similar to cholesterol, plant sterols and stanols compete for absorption in the intestines.
3. Plant sterols and stanols bind to receptors in the intestines, leaving cholesterol behind.
4. The net result is that less cholesterol is absorbed by the body, and less ends up in the bloodstream.
HDL Versus LDL: What’s the Difference?
Not all cholesterol is bad. The good kind—HDL cholesterol, short for high-density lipoproteins—offers some great health benefits. It’s the LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein ones, that we really need to watch out for. In general, cholesterol—a type of fat—plays a role in maintaining cell membrane structure and hormone production. However, excess LDL cholesterol can build up in the arteries, leading to an increased risk of heart disease.
TAKE ACTION TODAY, NATURALLY!
Follow these tips from the National Institutes of Health’s Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes Program to help lower your cholesterol:
1. Decrease your intake of saturated fat to less than 7% of total calories
2. Decrease your dietary cholesterol intake to less than 200 mg per day
3. Lose 10 pounds if overweight
4. Add 5–10 g of soluble fiber to your diet each day
5. Add 2,000 mg of plant sterols and stanols to your diet each day
This product is not intended for pregnant or lactating women and children under 12 years of age. Consult your physician if you are using cholesterol lowering medication.