In Cardiosmile we spend quite some time knocking down myths about cholesterol and it is time that you know them. You should know that not all fats are harmful, and that it is not necessary to completely eliminate cholesterol from our bodies.
These are the words of Gonzalo Vega, specialist and creator of the natural cholesterol-lowering treatment, Cardiosmile. He talked to us to demystify some beliefs related to this topic.
FOUR MYTHS ABOUT CHOLESTEROL
-Cholesterol must be eliminated in its entirety
False. Gonzalo affirms that its existence is fundamental, as in normal quantities it facilitates digestion in the intestines and operates in the generation of hormones, vitamins and bile.
“We must consider that cholesterol is divided into two types: good (HDL), which removes excess cholesterol; and bad (LDL), which is the one that tends to accumulate in the arteries. “
Regarding the above, it is essential to know that excess bad cholesterol forms a fat plate. This adheres to the arterial walls, thickening, hardening and narrowing the blood vessels to hinder the correct passage of blood. The expert warns : “If this blockage occurs, your body is at risk of developing heart or brain vascular diseases,”
-Fat is the main source of cholesterol
False. The main source of cholesterol in the blood is produced internally in the liver. In addition, the specialist clarifies that not all fats are harmful and that some are necessary for proper body functioning.
Despite the above, excessive consumption of unhealthy fats can cause an increase in bad cholesterol, preventing the action of good cholesterol. “These are the so-called trans fat of industrial origin. They are present in processed foods such as snacks, cookies and margarine. A diet rich in this type of fat results in excess weight, obesity and a high risk of cardiovascular, metabolic and joint diseases. “
KNOCKING DOWN MYTHS
– Thin people do not have high cholesterol
False. “While there is a correlation between body fat and cholesterol levels, thin people may also suffer from high cholesterol, as well as an overweight person could have their cholesterol at healthy levels.”
The percentage of cholesterol of each person will depend on his/her lifestyle, for example if they do not exercise regularly, if they smoke, or if they exceed the consumption of alcohol.
-Adequate cholesterol levels are recovered only with medication
False. The vast majority of cases in which there is an imbalance of cholesterol this can be corrected practicing sports, quitting smoking and maintaining a balanced diet that includes carbohydrates, proteins and fats and favouring natural foods rich in nutrients.
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It is known that bad or high LDL cholesterol is one of the main risk factors of cardiovascular diseases, which represent a third of the deaths in our country, so how can we reduce cholesterol?.
The positive thing is that according to WHO, 80% can be avoided through adequate prevention. So ithe importance for our health of controlling cholesterol levels cannot be doubted.
Gonzalo Vega comments: “The recommendation is always to incorporate phytosterols to the diet. together with eating a healthy diet and maintaining an active physical life in order to reduce cholesterol levels”
SCARCITY OF PHYTOSTEROLS IN FOOD
The problem is that industrial fatty foods, like margarines and dairy products, only contain small concentrations of phytosterols so a person should practically eat a liter of yogurt a day to reach the recommended daily dose.
In fact, Chileans only consume 200 milligrams of phytosterols daily, that is, 10 times less than they should to achieve a dicrease in cholesterol.
A group of young Chileans – among them engineers, biochemists and designers – realized there was a lack of innovation in the national industry. It is difficult to add phytosterols to the diet of people, so the group researched for more than 10 years to be able to add these plant substances directly to meals.
Thus Cardiosmile was born, the first product in the world that makes it possible to add phytosterols through small liquid sachets.
Gonzalo Vega, co-creator of Cardiosmile, says that “each sachet provides the optimal 2 grams per day for an effective reduction of cholesterol, the same amount that can be found in 425 tomatoes, 210 carrots or 150 apples”.
He adds that “its effectiveness is proven by a clinical study of the Richardson Center for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals of the University of Manitoba, in Canada. This study showed that this technology inhibits the absorption of bad cholesterol in the body an average of 12%, and it lowers triglycerides by 14% if taken daily for a month. “
The formula is supported by the SOCHICAR. It is free of fats, calories, gluten, lactose, sodium and Genetically Modified Organisms, making it suitable for everyone. Its effectiveness may be observed after only 3 weeks of daily consumption and it has no side effects.
Gonzalo Vega comments: “We recommend incorporating phytosterols to the diet, in conjunction with eating a healthy diet and keeping an active life.”
The expectations on Cardiosmile were exceeded the first year (2016), when it reached the top 20 of sales in pharmacies. Now the company is looking to extend the distribution network to countries such as Mexico, Colombia and Brazil.
Vega explains: “We want Cardiosmile to be available to many people in the world so they can take care of their cholesterol naturally. That is why we are also approaching the United States, England, Spain, France, Italy and Australia. We never thought about making a product just for Chile; that’s why the brand is already registered in other countries “
Source: Portal Pyme
Mining exhibition “Launch your Innovation”
The mining exhibition will provide space for emerging innovators in the industry.
-Software to plan and manage waybills (Poligonix)
-Conversion of mining tires (Dinamical)
-Functional food that reduces cholesterol and triglycerides with only one dose per day (Cardiosmile)
LAUNCH YOUR INNOVATION, THE LARGEST EXHIBITION IN LATIN AMERICA
They are part of the group of entrepreneurs that will be present at ” Launch your Innovation “, an instance created by the exhibition that seeks to connect the demands of the industrial mining market with the innovative technological offerings that are developed in Chile, and be part of an official activity of Exponor.
Gonzalo Vega, creator of Cardiosmile, says that his product is a worldwide innovation.
“It allows the user to directly add an effective dose of phytosterols (2 grams, as recommended by the FDA) to any food ”.
“We have proven in a clinical study that Cardiosmile is able to reduce triglyceride levels in the blood. These are even a stronger predictor of cardiovascular risk than LDL cholesterol “
Fernando Cortez, general manager of the Association of Industrialists of Antofagasta (AIA), the guild organizing of the event, said that “we seek to immerse in the industrial mining market any emerging technological innovators, who have a technological innovation oriented to the operational challenges of the industrial mining market” because of that,” these 30 selected companies will experience all the business opportunities generated by Exponor Chile 2017 “
Gonzalo Vega adds:
“This type of instances such as ‘Launch your Innovation’ are fundamental to change the country’s paradigm. I shows that it is possible to make innovation from Chile and that there’s value in new inventions. It helps spread them to different media, which translates into a benefit for the companies that have created them. Everybody wins”.
The inaugural ceremony of “Launch your Innovation” will be on Tuesday, May 16 at 3:00 pm at the Iodine Pavilion of Exponor.
Also, the event will feature a presentation called “Catalyst Pitch” on Friday, May 19, at 11:00 in the New Business Hall, Gold Pavilion. 15 innovations will showcase their products and services in-situ.
This is Cardiosmile, a Chilean product against cholesterol, developed with technology capable of improving cardiovascular health. It was selected among several projects to be presented at the largest mining exhibition in Latin America.
Studies state that workers on the job are more likely than the general population to develop cardiovascular diseases, the leading cause of death in Chile.
A CHILEAN PRODUCT
Nutrartis is part of the select group of entrepreneurs that participated in the platform “Launch your Innovation”. This is a space that seeks to connect the demands of the industrial mining market with the innovative technological offerings developed in Chile.
Thus, Nutrartis arrives with Cardiosmile to the city of Antofagasta. The only functional food in the world that significantly reduces cholesterol with only one dose per day. It is formulated with phytosterols, natural components whose main characteristic is to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol in the body.
Gonzalo Vega, manager of Innovation and Development at Nutrartis, says that Cardiosmile is a worldwide innovation. “It allows the adding of an effective dose of phytosterols to any food to reduce LDL cholesterol. We proved its effectiveness in a clinical study of the Richardson Center for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals where, in addition, we observed a significant reduction in the level of triglycerides in the blood”, he adds.
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES IN CHILE
Let’s recall that cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in Chile, amounting to 30%. Considered the third cause of disability, it is estimated that one person per hour dies of a heart attack.
In the case of mining, the figure is even more worrisome. According to the Framingham measurement -which estimates the excess risk of an individual with respect to the average of the population to which he belongs- the coronary risk of the workers, in a period of 10 years, is greater than the one of the general population.
“The law states that people who work over 3,000 meters altitude must meet certain parameters related to cardiovascular health and nutritional status to decrease the risk of accidents. So, a solution like Cardiosmile could easily be incorporated into the daily menu that is delivered to workers to reduce the risk of heart problems ” says Vega.
Visitors interested in learning about this innovation can do so from May 15 to 19 at stand 214B, Copper Pavilion, Innovation Platform of Exponor 2017.
Nutrartis is a Chilean company dedicated to the development of functional foods, focused on improving cardiovascular health and reducing cholesterol. It is a company that works to ease the lives of millions of Chileans.
The presentation of Cardiosmile was one of the great novelties of Exponor 2017. It is the only functional food in the world that significantly reduces cholesterol, one of the main risk factors of cardiovascular diseases.
Only one dose of phytosterols per day can help the body. Phytosterols are natural components that truly inhibit the absorption of cholesterol in the body.
Nutrartis was part of the select group of entrepreneurs that participated in the platform “Launch your Innovation”. This is a space that seeks to connect the demands of the industrial mining market with the innovative technological offerings developed in Chile.
Gonzalo Vega, manager of Innovation and Development at Nutrartis, says that Cardiosmile is a worldwide innovation.
“Cardiosmile allows the user to directly add an effective dose of phytosterols (2 grams, as recommended by the FDA) to any food, to achieve a reduction of LDL cholesterol”.
He adds “We proved its effectiveness in a clinical study of the Richardson Center for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals where, in addition, we observed a significant reduction in the level of triglycerides in the blood, which is an even stronger predictor of cardiovascular risk than the LDL cholesterol “.
It is not necessary to make great sacrifices to maintain a healthy heart; here you will learn tips to take care of your heart.
Cardiologist Monica Acevedo gives some advice that, practiced every day, can help a lot in caring for your heart.
MIND YOUR WEIGHT AND DIET
An adequate weight is achieved by balancing the calories that are ingested with those that are spent during the day. Ideally one should spend more than one eats. The body mass index should not exceed 25 kgs./m2.
Fish, lean meats, such as chicken, turkey, nuts, almonds, olive oil, low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables and legumes that provide the minerals and vitamins that the body needs should be included in the diet. Fatty acids, such as Omega 3, 6 and 9 should be added as well.
CONTROL CHOLESTEROL AND GLUCOSE
Excess cholesterol is deposited in the walls of blood vessels and obstructs the flow of blood. If in fasting the cholesterol results exceed 200 mg / dl and the glycemia is higher than 100 mg / dl, you should consult a specialist.
Sleep 8 hours a day, because rest allows you to replenish energy. Avoid consuming stimulants or excess caffeine during the day.
Being a muscle, the heart needs to be exercised. Therefore, regular physical activity is recommended. This will improve blood circulation throughout the body and the arteries will achieve greater and better dilation, cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood will be reduced and blood pressure will decrease. The current guideline is 150 minutes per week of aerobic exercise of moderate to significant intensity.
CONTROL STRESS AND ANXIETY
Try to make room to disconnect. Practices such as yoga or similar exercises can be very useful.
CHECK YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
Blood pressure is the force exerted by the blood against the arteries’ walls. Healthy blood pressure levels are under 140/90 mm. Hg.
It is important to check it constantly, since hypertension is usually asymptomatic, that is, it does not produce symptoms or these are usually nonspecific. A useful step is to reduce salt intake.
Tobacco reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood, it narrows and hardens the inner layer of the arteries, and causes blood pressure to increase.
Moreover, it increases the risk of clot formation and can reduce levels of good cholesterol (HDL) in the blood and increase the levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides. A cigarette a day is enough to increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.
REDUCE THE INTAKE OF ALCOHOL AND OTHER SUBSTANCES
When entering the bloodstream, these substances affect the functioning of many organs of the body. Cocaine causes contraction of the blood vessels and can cause a heart attack.
A drug currently used by men is sildenafil, which is a medication for penile erection. The problem with this medication is that it is a vasodilator that produces tachycardia (rapid pulse) and can cause hypotension (very low blood pressure).
TIMELY MEDICAL CHECK-UPS
It is estimated that half of the people who die suddenly due to coronary disease were not aware of having a medical condition. Periodic medical check-ups are essential, especially if there are risk factors present.
In general, after the age of 40, the recommendation is a yearly control with the doctor, cholesterol and glycemia tests as well as checking weight and height, to prevent obesity.
If you have other risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, hypertension, and/or a family history of coronary heart disease, these tests may require to be done more often.
Diabetes can cause serious alterations in the heart, kidneys, vision and lower extremities. If there is a family history of this disease, or if you are overweight or obese, you are more likely to develop it.
Reference link: Radio Polar