High cholesterol may not appear to cause any immediate problems, but in the long-term, it can increase your risk of serious health conditions. Having too much cholesterol can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and peripheral arterial disease. The NHS explains these can occur because cholesterol can build up in the artery wall, which restricts blood flow to the heart, brain and the rest of the body. It can also increase the risk of a blood clot developing somewhere in the body.
An unhealthy diet is one of the main causes of high cholesterol, in particular, eating high levels of saturated fat.
While eating a healthy, balanced diet, low in saturated fats, is recommended to reduce this “bad” cholesterol, some studies have suggested vitamin B5 can help.
“Our body needs vitamin B5 to metabolise cholesterol,” Holland & Barrett explains.
“But B5 could also help lower levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol in the blood.
“One Canadian-Led study published in the journal Vascular Health and Risk Management in 214 found when people with high levels of LDL [bad] cholesterol were given 300mg of vitamin B5 every day over 16 weeks, their levels dropped significantly.”
Vitamin B5 plays a number of important roles in the body.
It helps with the production of red blood cells, synthesises cholesterol, produces sex and stress hormones, helps the body use other vitamins, especially vitamin B2, and helps maintains a healthy digestive system.
The high street health store adds that B5 can help boost skin health and delay the signs of ageing.
It says: “Pantothenic acid can your skin recover from acne. In 2014, US researchers discovered that people with acne taking 2.2g of B5 every day for 12 weeks reported fewer spots and improved skin quality.
“The team say this may be for two reasons – pantothenic acid has both antibacterial and skin-softening activities.
“Vitamin B5 is also rumoured to help prevent grey hairs, based on one laboratory study in 2007 that found a deficiency could lead to premature greying.
“But sadly there isn’t enough evidence to show upping your intake of B5 can really make a difference to restoring your hair to its former (crowning) glory.”
Nutritionist for Water for Health, Rebecca Rychlik-Cunning recommends garlic capsules to help reduce high cholesterol levels.
She said: “Garlic also has remarkable antioxidant power, which can help to calm overall inflammation and may protect cholesterol from oxidation.
“It helps to protect the heart and also has the potential to reduce blood pressure. For the best results, take 600-900 mg per day.”
Published at Sun, 16 Dec 2018 19:00:00 +0000