THE prevalence of heart disease in Malaysia is ever increasing and it is still the number one killer in Malaysia. According to the Department of Statistics Malaysia, the mortality rate caused by heart disease demonstrated an increasing trend from 13.2% in 2016 to 17.0% in 2020.
Having a high cholesterol level is one of the main culprits that can put you at risk of developing heart disease. When the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, also known as “bad” cholesterol, is too high, it builds up in the wall of the arteries to form plaque. This condition, known as atherosclerosis, can increase the risk of heart attack due to the blockage of blood flow in the arteries.
Regardless of your age or current health status, it’s never too late or early to take steps to protect your heart. In order to support your heart health journey, keeping your cholesterol level in check is the key. You can start by following these simple steps:
> Be physically active by engaging in exercises such as brisk walking, running, jogging, cycling, swimming etc.
> Avoid red meats such as beef, pork and lamb. For healthier alternatives, choose white meats such as fish or lean chicken.
> Choose healthier cooking methods such as steaming, grilling, baking or boiling which help to reduce the amount of oil used.
>Eat a high-fibre diet, especially foods rich in soluble fiber such as oat beta-glucan.
Unleash the power of bioactive oat beta-glucan in oat bran
Oat beta-glucan is a type of soluble fibre substantially found in the oat bran which is the outer layer of the grain. However, not all oat beta-glucan is the same. Bioactive oat beta-glucan with high molecular weight is the unique form as it has been scientifically proven to produce cholesterol-lowering and blood glucose-controlling effects due to its high viscosity.
How does bioactive oat beta-glucan work?
Bioactive oat beta-glucan dissolves readily inside the digestive tract where it forms a thick viscous gel in the small intestine. This viscous gel attenuates the intestinal uptake of LDL cholesterol as well as the reabsorption of bile acids which the body makes from cholesterol. In response, the body will draw upon the pool of circulating cholesterol to produce new bile acids which are essential for digestion and absorption of fats in the small intestines. Lower uptake of cholesterol from the gut combined with more bodily cholesterol used for bile acid production results in reduced blood cholesterol levels.
Heart-healthy bioactive oat beta-glucan in Biogrow Oat BG22 oat bran powder
Biogrow Oat BG22 contains 100% natural oat bran powder imported from Sweden that provides clinically proven bioactive oat beta-glucan with more than 20 published human studies on cholesterol-lowering and blood glucose-controlling effects. Just two scoops or sachets (≈ 18g) of Biogrow Oat BG22 daily provide the recommended *3g bioactive oat beta-glucan for optimal health benefits.
Biogrow Oat BG22 is diabetes-friendly as it is lab-tested and **low in Glycemic Index (GI<55) which makes it suitable for pre-diabetic and diabetic patients. Besides, it is also high in total fibres (soluble and insoluble fibres) and lactose-free with no added sugar, artificial ingredients and preservatives. Biogrow Oat BG22 also has good solubility as it dissolves readily in water with no shaker required.
Let’s embrace a healthy lifestyle by making small healthy changes in your diet for good heart health today! Biogrow Oat BG22 is available in major pharmacies and Biogrow Official Store at Shopee Mall.
*Bioactive oat beta-glucans are high in molecular weight and have been scientifically shown to produce a good viscosity effect in the gut for optimal cholesterol-lowering effect – EFSA Journal.
**Diets that are low in glycemic index and high in dietary fibre are protective – WHO Europe Diabetes.
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