The Link Between High Cholesterol & Body Pain

How High Cholesterol Can Cause Body Pain
and Natural Ways to Relieve Your Discomfort

By Dr. Kevin Passero

It is well known that high cholesterol is a major risk factor for cardiovascular problems, but did you realize that it can also cause body aches and pains?

Research suggests that high cholesterol levels can lead to inflammation and damage to blood vessels, nerves and muscles, resulting in discomfort throughout the body.*

In this article, I will explore the connection between high cholesterol and body aches and pains, identify which specific areas of the body are commonly affected, and provide natural alternatives to help provide comfort and relief.

Why High Cholesterol Causes Body Aches and Pain

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that travels through the bloodstream. When levels of cholesterol are too high, it can build up in the walls of blood vessels, causing them to narrow and harden. This can lead to reduced blood flow and oxygen throughout the body, leading to damage to muscles, joints and nerves. When this happens, the body can experience inflammation and pain in the affected areas.

6 Physical Signs of High Cholesterol

The areas of the body where high cholesterol can cause discomfort can vary from person to person, but certain areas are more commonly due to reduced blood flow or by inflammation.

Here are 6 common physical signs of high cholesterol:

1) Chest Pain: High cholesterol can lead to the buildup of plaque in the arteries, which can restrict the flow of blood and oxygen to your heart, causing chest pain.

2) Abdominal Pain: Your abdomen houses vital organs such as your liver, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract. High cholesterol can cause inflammation of these organs, leading to abdominal pain or discomfort. Pain in the upper-right portion of the abdomen may indicate gallstones due to high cholesterol levels.

3) Joint Pain: The accumulation of plaque in the arteries can lead to discomfort from restricted blood flow to your muscles and joints.

4) Numbness or Tingling Sensation: The smaller arteries that feed blood to the fingers and toes can become blocked with cholesterol which can result in numbness, tingling or a pins-and-needles sensation in your limbs.

5) Back Pain: When the flow of blood to your back is restricted, it can cause damage to the spinal disks resulting in back pain.

6) Sudden Headaches: High cholesterol can cause narrowing and obstructions of the arteries that carry oxygen to the brain, resulting in headaches. 

Natural Alternatives for High Cholesterol and Body Pain

Living with high cholesterol can be a challenge, especially when it leads to body aches and pains. By incorporating natural alternatives with a healthier lifestyle, including eating more fruits and vegetables as well as consistent exercise, you can manage your symptoms.

Here are three natural alternatives that have been scientifically shown to help lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation: citrus bergamot, turmeric and PEA.

Citrus Bergamot: Citrus bergamot is a fruit that grows in Italy which is packed with potent polyphenols that have been shown to help lower harmful LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels while increasing the “good” HDL cholesterol which helps remove LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream.**

My Durable HEART® features three potent nutrients for optimal heart health including an extra-strength dose of patented Bergamonte® citrus bergamot, which has been shown to reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol by 36% while increasing “good” HDL cholesterol by 40%—in just 30 days.**

Turmeric: Turmeric is a spice commonly used in Indian cuisine. The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin, which has been clinically shown to help neutralize harmful inflammation throughout the body to significantly lower LDL cholesterol levels as well as reduce joint and muscle aches and soreness.*

PEA: Palmitoylethanolamide or PEA, is a naturally occurring fatty acid which activates the CB2 receptor in the body to reduce harmful inflammation and pain throughout the body. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, participants who took a PEA supplement “significantly decreased” the severity and intensity of their pain, and it worked no matter the source of the pain.*

My Durable BODY® is a triple-action formula that relieves pain naturally featuring research-based doses of turmeric and PEA along with boswellia in their purest and most effective forms.

Managing high cholesterol is an extremely important aspect to your overall wellness and longevity. Likewise, managing pain and inflammation is vital to improving your quality of life and ensuring you can enjoy the gift that every day brings us. Having a comprehensive strategy to address both cholesterol and discomfort with diet, exercise and natural alternatives is a proven strategy that works and that you will benefit from! 

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