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How to Support "Good" Cholesterol
Britta S. • September 22, 2010

September is National Cholesterol Education Month. It serves as a great reminder for all of us to be monitoring our cholesterol levels and to be focusing on natural cholesterol support. Today we are focusing on the positive side: supporting healthy cholesterol levels already within the normal range!

While most of the emphasis is put on lowering cholesterol levels, it is equally important to support healthy cholesterol levels. I’m sure you’ve heard of your “good” cholesterol and “bad” cholesterol. All cholesterol is necessary for life, but within healthy limits. The LDL (low-density lipoproteins) is known as the bad cholesterol. This is the type that can build up in your arteries. The HDL (high-density lipoproteins) is referred to as good cholesterol. It acts as a cholesterol scavenger, picking up excess cholesterol in your blood and taking it back to your liver where it's broken down. The higher your HDL level, the less "bad" cholesterol you'll have in your blood. The desirable level for HDL is 60 mg/dL or above. You want your LDL to be Lower and your HDL to be Higher.

So, how do we support healthy cholesterol levels? Here are a few natural health choices you can make to promote healthy cholesterol: