How to keep your cholesterol in check for National Heart Month
FEBRUARY is National Heart Month. A good way to protect it is by keeping check on your blood fat – or cholesterol.
Good cholesterol helps us make vitamin D from sunlight. The bad stuff collects in blood vessels and raises chances of heart attack or stroke. Today we look at ways to keep it in check.
with Jane Atkinson
- OatWell, 7x30g sachets £7.99, hollandandbarrett.com – buy here
OatWell contains beta-glucan, the soluble dietary fibre found in the oat kernel, which has an effect in lowering LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.
One serving has the same amount of oat beta-glucan as three servings of porridge oats and has been proven to help reduce blood cholesterol by ten per cent within two to three weeks.
- Wiley's Finest, £29.99 for a pack of 30 (buy one, get one free this month) – buy here
Can reduce how much cholesterol the body makes. It is the first water-based, highly absorbable sterol. Take daily, as a shot or mixed with water.
It has 2g of pine-tree sterols per serving which is the daily recommended amount to maintain healthy cholesterol. After prolonged use it can cut LDL by ten per cent. But it tastes like you are drinking a pine tree.
- Thriva, £23.00, thriva.co – buy here
YOU won’t know if you have cholesterol unless you check with your GP – or use something like the affordable, clinical-grade at-home test kit from Thriva that is 95 per cent accurate.
I did this and then went to my docs and I got exactly the same result. You take a finger prick blood test, send it off and get the result.
with Gabriella Stein
- Indeed Labs, 10 Balm, £19.99, 30ml, superdrug.com – buy here
Balm enriched with a highly concentrated blend of ten key ingredients to help heal dry or irritated skin.
Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial arnica extract accelerates the skin’s natural healing process, while vitamin E and buriti oil help protect skin from further damage and increase collagen production. The fragrance-free balm was quickly absorbed and left me with an intense hit of hydration.
- SVR, Cera Biotic Regenerating Balm; £40.00, 50ml, uk.labo-svr.com – buy here
Balm that combines probiotics to protect and strengthen the skin barrier, hyaluronic acid to smooth wrinkles, as well as vitamin C to defend against ageing.
My skin immediately felt taut and hydrated after using.
- Murad, Intense Recovery Cream, £68.00, murad.co.uk – buy here
The microalgae extract helps to reduce wrinkles and improve dark circles. The cream has a thick, almost solid texture, but beautifully melts into skin as you apply it.
It reduced redness and left skin ultra hydrated. Brilliant as a night cream and did make a noticeable difference to my skin
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