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Stroke Disease Treatment

Physical Health Recommendations. When symptoms and signs of subclinical hypothyroidism are present, cautious and carefully monitored supplementation with small doses of prescribed thyroid medication is often remarkably helpful in altering lipid levels .

Stroke Diet
Because coffee raises homocysteine levels and alcohol raises triglycerides in susceptible persons, their use should be very carefully monitored and reduced to the point at which they are having no significant influence on lipid levels.

Coffee in amounts greater than four cups daily adversely affects cholesterol through the effects of caffeine and by other mechanisms.

Good cholesterol increases with alcohol intake; red wine, with high phenolic content, appears to be one good source. Because of the wide array of adverse effects of alcohol, including its contribution
to cancers, diabetes, and accidents, very modest intake is advised; you need to make it a matter of total abstention if you have a predisposition toward addictions.

The great majority of the cholesterol in the blood at any given time has been made by the liver. Therefore, manipulating the amount of cholesterol in the diet has a very limited effect, especially if fat intake is in a low to moderate range.

Cholesterol in food that has been heated is at least partially oxidized; oxidized cholesterol is toxic to the body, whereas unoxidized cholesterol is not. Excessive restriction of whole egg intake is not warranted.

Limiting or eliminating hydrogenated polyunsaturated trans fats is a high priority (margarine, hydrogenated cooking oils, hydrogenated peanut butter). While butter containing saturated fat is not
desirable, margarines are worse. Monosaturated fats such as olive oil resist free radical deterioration.

Inclusion of liberal amounts of alpha linolenic acids (fish, fish oil, fiaxseed oil) and gamma linolenic acid (evening primrose and borage oils) also favorably affect lipid levels. Added fruit, vegetable, and whole cereal grain fiber lowers cholesterol.

Certain whole foods have been noted for their ability to lower lipid levels. They include soy, yogurt, carrots, and nuts. Many of these whole food suggestions were combined in  research in which subjects lowered cholesterol 33 percent, cholesterol!HDL-C ratio 2 1 percent, and lipoprotein (a) 24 percent with dietary changes. Vegetarian diets are associated with consistently lower blood lipid levels.

Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements

The extensive array of suggestions for increasing micronutrient and antioxidant intake in foods and supplements in the coronary heart disease section should be followed by anyone with elevated lipid levels, whether or not they have evidence of heart disease.

•    Added supplements of calcium have been shown in one study to reduce serum cholesterol 25 percent and triglycerides 35 percent after one year (400—1,200 mg daily).
•    Chromium, 200—500 mcg daily, reduced cholesterol 8—10 percent in several studies.
•    Vitamin C blood levels are inversely related to cholesterol and triglyceride blood levels. Increasing vitamin C beyond one gram daily has a modest and steady influence in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides.
•    Inositol hexaniacinate, 500—1,000 mg three times a day, achieves impressive cholesterol-lowering and good cholesterol-raising effects.
•    The antioxidants are essential: vitamin E, beta carotene, and Coenzyme Q1O.
•    Pantethine (vitamin BLS) impressively lowers cholesterol in doses of 900 mg daily.
•    In one subtype of hereditary cholesterol problem, L-carnitine normalized very high levels of cholesterol in 90 percent of patients and in another subtype reduced triglycerides to normal in 100 percent of patients. L-carnitine is rapidly depleted in hearts that are oxygen deficient; usual helpful dosages are one to three grams daily.
•    Extracted forms of mesoglycan, a glycosaminoglycan derivative, are available as a supplement that lowers total cholesterol, raises good cholesterol, prevents clot formation, and protects arterial linings from damage when taken at doses of 100 mg daily.
•    Red rice yeast (cholestin), a natural supplement from China, impressively lowers lipid levels, 600 mg one to three times a day. It contains a low concentration of lovestatin, the active ingredient in Mevacor, a prescription drug.

Herbs

The most effective herbs are gugulipids and garlic. Fresh garlic preparations work much better than aged garlic. Products that are standardized to contain a daily dose of at least 4 mg or 10 mg of the active ingredients allicin or allini, respectively, are reliable. Artichoke (Cynara scolymus, 500 mg of the extract daily) increases cholesterol elimination from the liver through the bile; 20 percent
reduction in cholesterol and 15 percent reduction in triglycerides has been demonstrated.

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