Cholesterol is one of those issues that concern a large part of the population, in fact, according to a study by the Spanish Society of Cardiology, 20% of the Spanish population over 18 has a cholesterol level higher than 250 mg/dl, which represents a very high value. What does this mean? At these high levels we start to fall in the risk category of suffering a cardiovascular incident.
- What is cholesterol
In a very summarized way, cholesterol is a substance present in our body and necessary for the proper functioning.
How do we obtain this substance? Through food that contains healthy fats such as avocado, nuts and olive oil and through our liver, which naturally produces this lipid.
It plays different and important functions in our body for what is necessary, yes, as long as we maintain it at adequate levels.
- Why hypercholesterolemia occurs and how to prevent it
As you probably have already guessed, the main cause has to do with bad eating habits. An excess of animal and saturated fats, alcohol, tobacco, sedentary life etc. they are what we have to avoid if we want to prevent or reduce our blood cholesterol. None of this is new, since nowadays we are increasingly aware of what a “healthy lifestyle” means.
There are certain foods that help us reduce blood cholesterol levels, such as chocolate (thanks to flavonoids or polyphenols), avocado (fruit with a high content of monounsaturated fatty acids) and grapefruit (important source of flavonoids). , folate and vitamin c).
As we said, there are certain foods that help us keep our cholesterol at bay, and then there is the aged garlic that plays in ” another league ”. This ingredient that we have been consuming for years has properties considered medicinal for our body. It is also multifunctional, as it has different health benefits, from cardiovascular, immunological to detoxification and liver protection.
There are many studies that prove the benefits of this wonder of nature. For the health of our heart, aged garlic is used to improve circulation, lower cholesterol, regulate blood pressure, regulate metabolism and in general to protect our cardiovascular system.
- Differences between garlic and aged garlic
The aged garlic is a normal garlic but that has been elaborated with a meticulous process, without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides and that has been aged for a period of up to 20 months, increasing its beneficial properties and, most importantly, eliminating the smell so characteristic of garlic and its irritating components.