The Spanish Heart Foundation defines it as << a natural fatty substance present in all the cells of the human body >>, it continues talking about how necessary it is to maintain a good functioning in our organism. And it ends up clarifying that << almost all the cholesterol is produced in the liver, although it is sometimes also obtained through certain foods >>.
It intervenes in several processes of our organism:
- Manufacturing process of thyroid hormones.
- Bile acid formation.
- Transformation in vitamin D.
- Manufacture of sex hormones.
Hence, it is indispensable for our life.
It is the blood that is responsible for driving it from the liver to the organs that need it to intervene in some process.
We must find the right balance in the two cholesterol levels to ensure good functioning in our body.
The Ganoderma Lucidum contains a large amount of triterpenes, among them are the gandermic, lucidic and ganodérico acids  Through the triterpenes inhibits cholesterol absorption and synthesis, helping to reduce blood cholesterol levels .
Studies in animals show an 18% reduction in LDL (bad cholesterol). This study was carried out with hamsters and dwarf pigs. Due to the result, the preparation of new medicines composed of this fungus is planned to eliminate cholesterol accumulation and favor blood circulation .
With the consumption of Ganoderma, blood pressure may decrease in patients suffering from hypertension . Several studies have shown a reduction in blood pressure of about half of patients with hypertension when consuming Ganoderma Lucidum .
Luckily, the continuous study of the benefits of this fungus product of nature provides us hopeful data.
After a clinical trial  performed with ten cholesterol patients who received daily doses of Ganoderma, it was discovered that the first two months decreased cholesterol and triglyceride levels, disappearing at the same time symptoms such as fatigue, headaches or stiffness in the body. After two months, the improvement and reduction of cholesterol were so remarkable that symptoms such as pallor of the face, anxiety attacks and dizziness had disappeared completely.
There are two classes:
LDL, low density lipoprotein or commonly called BAD CHOLESTEROL.
It is a lipoprotein, a substance composed of proteins and lipids whose sole function is to transport these lipids from our liver to different organs and tissues of our body.
HDL, high density lipoprotein or commonly called GOOD CHOLESTEROL.
It extracts the unused cholesterol from the tissues and arteries and transports it to the liver to be expelled from the body through the bile.
Low HDL levels are dangerous to health.
One of the major causes of death in the vast majority of developed countries is ischemic heart disease.
A disease closely linked to hypercholesterolemia (presence of cholesterol in blood above the levels considered normal).
These results are very worrying.
An excess of LDL in the blood is very dangerous. As it remains deposited in the arterial walls narrowing them and causing diseases such as arteriosclerosis.
A patient with arteriosclerosis may suffer:
- Arterial hypertension.
- Heart crisis
- Heart attack.
- Anxiety attacks.
- Lung diseases.
- High blood pressure.
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** The information presented is informative, never prescriptive.