Carrots against Cholesterol

High cholesterol levels are the right path to heart and vascular disease.

First about the carrots.
It’s good for your health and for fighting high cholesterol. The bright, rich colour of the vegetable indicates a high content of carotenoids, the precursors of retinol (vitamin A). Beta-carotene and vitamin A are powerful antioxidants that play an important role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and have a positive effect on lipid metabolism. Carrots are also rich in trace elements (potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iodine, etc.), vitamins (nicotinic acid, B6, B2, C, etc.), fiber, essential oils, coumarin derivatives, flavonoids and many other useful substances. All this allows it to be widely used in dietetic therapeutic and dietetic preventive nutrition, including in patients with cardiovascular diseases.

Why do we need and what is the danger of cholesterol
Cholesterol is an integral part of most cells in the body and performs many functions. It is a part of all cell membranes and affects their properties. It is also used in the body to form a number of highly active substances, serves as a substrate for the synthesis of bile acids and steroid hormones, including sex hormones and adrenal cortex hormones. Especially cholesterol is abundant in brain tissue.

Cholesterol is found in many animal foods and almost non-existent in plant foods. About 300-500 mg of cholesterol comes in daily with food. However, it is synthesized in the body much more, about 1 gram. Since cholesterol is synthesized in the body, it is not an indispensable substance. Thus, the cholesterol content in tissues depends not only on the amount of it in the food, but also on the intensity of its metabolism in the body.

In a healthy adult, the amount of cholesterol (coming from food and formed in the body, on the one hand, and decaying and removed from – on the other) is balanced. This balance can be disturbed by a number of adverse factors, including burdened heredity, various diseases, poor nutrition and low physical activity, nervous strain, fatigue and sleep disturbance.

Cholesterol metabolism disorders lead to common diseases such as atherosclerosis and cholecystitis.

Polyunsaturated fatty acids contained in vegetable oils, dietary fibers in vegetables and fruits, as well as other useful components of healthy food help to reduce the absorption of cholesterol, accelerate its metabolism and, ultimately, reduce its level in the blood.

Try to avoid fried food. As a rule, frying adds fats, and also turns a healthy vegetable fat under the influence of high temperatures into “harmful”. Boiling, extinguishing, baking and grilling are much more useful, because they reduce the fat content of foodstuffs.

Move it! You need at least 3.5 hours of exercise and sports per week, cleaning the apartment and working in the garden will also go into credit. 3-5 km on foot – the minimum without which your day should not pass.

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