A recent study published by the Portuguese Cardiology Society highlights that two-thirds of the Portuguese adult population suffers from high cholesterol.
However, it is important to keep in mind that cholesterol is a molecule that is crucial to the body’s normal functioning. Although it is often associated with a negative connotation, it has a pivotal role as a constituent of cell membranes, and in hormone and vitamin D synthesis.
The human body obtains cholesterol in two different ways: by ingestion, since it is present in greater quantity in products of animal origin such as eggs, meat (especially red meat), dairy products, and by production in the liver.
Cholesterol is constituted by two distinct fractions, the LDL (low density cholesterol), commonly referred as “bad cholesterol”, and the HDL (high density cholesterol), or “good cholesterol”.
It is necessary to bear in mind that only high cholesterol levels are considered to be harmful to our health and may lead to harmful consequences with permanent effects, namely at a cardiovascular level.
With increased cholesterol levels, deposits may form in the artery walls, leading to atherosclerosis. This thickening of the walls can cause an obstruction to blood progression and eventually lead to a stroke or myocardial infarction. Hence, there is a pressing need to maintain cholesterol levels within the limits defined by medical practice.
Cholesterol levels in the blood are regulated by a variety of factors, such as age, genetics, and lifestyle. Sedentary lifestyles, the lack of physical exercise and an unbalanced diet may also lead to the increase of LDL values. A high fiber diet, low in saturated fat, is an asset in reaching those desired values.
Vitamin C and Shitake dry extract, or Lentinula edodes contribute to the immune system’s normal functioning and cell protection from undesirable oxidations. Monocoline K, extracted from red rice, contributes to normal cholesterol levels.
Ganocomplex Cholesterol has Ganoderma lucidum in its biological production composition, Red Rice Yeast and Vitamin C. Therefore, it presents itself as a response, a food supplement whose composition combines elements with a regulating action over cholesterol values.