High cholesterol and high blood pressure are two things you need to watch closely – especially because there are often very few symptoms associated with either! In order to detect high cholesterol levels, you need to have your blood tested at least annually – watching your blood pressure levels at home or with a doctor is always a good way to stay on top of those numbers, too. If your results aren’t desirable or your doctor recommends some lifestyle changes because the levels are still within the realm of managing without medication, the addition of Chaga into a daily lifestyle routine could have powerful benefits.
How does Chaga work in such a way? As a potent mushroom full of nutrients and antioxidants – one of the most beneficial being polysaccharides – the active ingredients offer hypolipidemic (which reduces the amount of fat in the blood) effects, thus reducing the risk of developing further cholesterol in the arteries and, in many cases, has been shown to actually reduce cholesterol levels! One of the cholesterol numbers to really watch for is the LDL – also known as low-density lipoprotein. Often referred to as the ‘bad’ cholesterol, the elevated levels of LDL (in other words, fats and protein) in the blood put you at risk for heart disease and other complications.
In addition to consuming Chaga on a regular basis, you can lower your cholesterol by:
- Reducing the amount of bad, saturated and trans-fat in your diet. Instead of high-fat food, dairy and red meat, opt for better fats, including avocado, lean meats and olive oil.
- Boost the omega-3 fatty acids. While these foods don’t impact the LDL levels, they do improve overall heart health and increase the ‘good’ cholesterol and reduce blood pressure – look for almonds, walnuts and salmon.
- Exercise! Always an ideal solution to prevent and help a number of heart conditions, cardiovascular exercises are a great way to boost heart health – try walking, swimming, or biking!
Hypertension is also another major concern when it comes to keeping your heart healthy. Oxidative stress, which is caused by environment and lifestyle, can build up in the body to create inflammation and increase blood pressure. The polysaccharides found in Chaga – in addition to the high levels of antioxidants – could help reduce pressure levels and in turn reduce the risk for hypertension.
Always be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations for managing or treating cholesterol and high blood pressure and consider using Chaga as part of a daily routine for healthy living!
 Effect of the Inonotus Obliquus Polysaccharides on Blood Lipid Metabolism and Oxidative Stress of Rats Fed High-Fat http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/5305591/?reload=true&part=1