According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), approximately 1/3 of Americans suffer from high blood pressure and high levels of bad cholesterol.
The ‘bad’ or LDL cholesterol increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, or heart disease (which is the number 1 killer in the U.S.). LDL cholesterol is a sticky substance found in the blood, and is one of the main contributors to plaque in the arteries. LDL is produced naturally by the body, but the unhealthy levels are attributed to the intake of saturated fatty acids (a few examples of fatty acids: propionic acid, butyric acid, caproic acid, capric acid, lauric acid).
Following are more statistics according to the CDC:
* 68 million adults 18 and older have high blood pressure or are taking blood-pressure lowering drugs. That’s 31% of the adult population.
* only one-third of these patients are getting treatment and less than half of these adults have their hypertension under control
* 86% of adults with uncontrolled high blood pressure have some form of health insurance
When it comes to high levels of bad cholesterol, the numbers aren’t very different:
* 71 million or 33.5% of adults 20 and older have high bad cholesterol levels
* 34 million (48.1%) are getting treatment and only 23 million (33.2%) have their cholesterol levels under control
* 82% of those with uncontrolled high cholesterol have some form of health insurance
“Treatment for this disease accounts for $1 in every $6 U.S. health dollars spent,” according to a CDC press release.
Lowering the levels of LDL cholesterol and blood pressure are very important, and doing so will save a lot of lives, as well as money.
Substituting polyunsaturated fats for the saturated fats is a great way to get on the road to reducing cholesterol. Intake of Omega 6 and GLA, which are found in hempseed, has been shown to lower the levels of LDL cholesterol.
Phytosterols, also found in hempseed, have been shown to reduce LDL and cholesterol. Phytosterols, also known as plant sterols, are in fact a fat are similar to cholesterol. It seems strange to think that “cholesterol” lowers LDL. Cholesterol is needed for metabolism, so “good” cholesterol does, in fact, do your body good!
Phytosterols help your body to get rid of the excess cholesterol, and they do so in a way that will not harm your kidneys or liver.
Hempseed has the perfect ration of Omegas for human consumption and is an excellent source of phytosterols to aid in lowering LDL cholesterol.
Add hemp to your diet, your heart will love you for it.