How to Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally

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If your recent lipid profile tests came back… let’s say not “so great’, there is a history of heart disease in your family, and your doctor scolded you because your cholesterol levels are through the roof [insert your best eye roll] –say well over 250 or around 800, I have good news for you!

I am going to show what myself and others are doing to prevent and reverse plaque build up, while maintaining good cardiovascular health.

Now, when I say don’t panic, I don’t mean you should run to the nearest doughnut shop and indulge. Those days are over!  You must make life style changes to see results– specially if your total Triglycerides are high.  (You’ll learn about the ideal lipid cholesterol and triglycerides levels further down in this article so keep’on reading… )

Let’s first learn why high cholesterol is no longer a tragedy:

lower-cholesterol-naturallyWhy High Cholesterol is No Longer Linked To Heart Attacks

In his article The Cholesterol Myth  Dr. Sinatra explains the high Cholesterol misconception:

  • The hypothetical link between high levels of total cholesterol and heart disease has NEVER been proven. It’s a diagnosis conjured up to serve drug companies who want to sell cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.
  • Cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart attacks. Only about 50% of heart attack victims have high cholesterol levels, and 50% of people who have high cholesterol do not have heart disease.
  • Recent studies suggest statin drugs are associated with a higher risk ofdiabetes, which is a major risk factor for heart disease. [1]
Dr. Sinatra is a highly respected and sought-after cardiologist with over over 30 years of experience under his belt, whose integrative approach to treating cardiovascular disease has revitalized patients with even the most advanced forms of illness 

Now let’s learn about cholesterol and the reason why we need it…

What Is Cholesterol

If you are afraid of cholesterol and the diseases associated with it, I have good news. Cholesterol is actually essential for our organs, especially the brain. I did extensive research and updates to this article to confidently break it down for you, besides all of the resources, supplements, and natural therapies that absolutely work to keep your cholesterol levels in check.

Cholesterol has been commonly considered a “dangerous kind of fat”, undesirable for the human body. Actually, it is quite the opposite. It is a lipid, steroid (not exactly a fat) essential for the body.  Cholesterol paves the way for the production of vitamin D(including those who supplement get about 90 percent of their vitamin D from the skin) steroid hormones, myelin and tallow.

Updated: Cholesterol in itself is not bad for the body, indeed, is essential for life. Contrary to popular belief, cholesterol is not “good” or “bad.” What can be good or bad are the lipoproteins that it forms. There is high density cholesterol which is better than others, depending on the proteins with which it is combined.

Cholesterol has been labeled as the villain and culprit to heart disease.   However, everything we all knew or at least for the past 40 years about Cholesterol is all wrong.

 

In his book “The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will”, with nutritionist Jonny Bowden, Ph.D. Dr. Sinatra debunks the myth that Cholesterol is the culprit to heart disease, CAD and other cardiovascular diseases.  Diet and stress are among the top factors that raise cholesterol levels, specially a diet rich in trans fats, can cause cholesterol levels be out of balance.

Dr. Bowden and Dr. Sinatra concluded that the root cause of plaque and cardiovascular disease are: Chronic Inflammation and SUGAR.

Cholesterol is required by the body to produce essential hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone. Foods that are high in trans fats (anything fried in vegetable oils) and sugar increase the risk of stroke and heart disease. Therefore, it is rational to remove pastries that are usually made with margarine and laden with sugar and trans fats. and make better choices, eat more of vegetables and Low glycemic index (LGI) foods that balance your cholesterol levels and minimize the risk of heart disease and stroke.

 

The Lethal Combination Of Cholesterol, Sugar And Chronic Inflammation

Numerous factors can contribute to high blood cholesterol, but we now know that high cholesterol isn’t the main issue. Recent studies point to lack of stress management, a poor diet from sugar, processed foods, trans fats, and environmental toxins as the the major culprit of plaque build up. Other factors such as toxins in the environment, age, ethnicity, and family history play a role as well.

A diet high in sugars, processed and fried foods,  can increase the level of triglycerides which are a kind of fatty substance produced by the liver, and reduce good cholesterol, also known as High Density Lipoprotein (HDL). However,  the formula for the development of plaque goes something like this:

A diet high in processed foods (sugar/vegetable oils)+ Chronic Inflammation+ Cholesterol = Plaque 

Certain diseases, such as chronic kidney or liver problems, hypothyroidism, can raise the level of LDL, triglycerides, thus increasing the risk of high cholesterol.
Drinking too much alcohol can also raise triglycerides and blood cholesterol levels.

 

Treatment and How to Prevent Cholesterol Related Complications

Eating what we now know as “bad fats” or processed trans fats such as in foods fried in vegetables oils- high in Omega 6’s can raise LDL Cholesterol levels in the body.

As recent studies advice- the important thing is to balance your HDL or “good” cholesterol and LDL or “bad” cholesterol; mainly to reduce LDL oxidation. Additionally a diet that includes daily intake of healthy fats such as; avocados, nuts, wild caught fatty fish, organic grass-fed butter and eggs, of coconut oil (find pure certified organic coconut oil here).  As you may know soy mimics estrogen and has an impact in thyroid function, and for that reason I the founder personally prefer not to feed it to my family.I know some of our vegan friends eat it anyway so why not mention it?

A sterol-based food works effectively in lowering bad cholesterol levels too. The October 2009 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter reports that changing the type of food you eat can help you bring down your cholesterol levels. Surely adopting a heart healthy diet will do your body wonders by  balancing cholesterol levels and free you from the risk of heart disease or stroke. However, managing life stressors– meditating or yoga, a nice walk with a friend or loved one, exercising even for 30 minutes everyday, and adapting a healthier life style in general is key.

 

New Tests To Ask For That Reveal Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

 Size and Subtype Matter

According to Dr. Sinatra, the size and type of your cholesterol and triglyceride particles, and the presence of Lp(a), are so important in assessing your risk of heart disease, you need to make sure that the cholesterol testing you get does indeed measure these different values. Dr. Sinatra recommends you talk to your doctor about having either theVertical Auto Profile (VAP) test or the Lipoprotein Particle Profile (LPP) test.

  • Vertical Auto Profile (VAP) test. This test will analyze your LDL cholesterol and determine if it is made up of predominantly the small, dangerous particles or the larger, more benign particles. It will also tell you how much Lp(a) is circulating in your blood. In addition, the VAP test breaks out your HDL cholesterol subtypes, letting you know if you have more of the HDL2 subtype, which is most beneficial. It also measures the levels of each type of triglyceride. You can find out more about the VAP test.
  • Lipoprotein Particle Profile (LPP) test. The LPP test also measures the different triglyceride types and breaks cholesterol into fractions smaller than LDL and HDL and analyzes the particles comprising each of them, just like the VAP test. But I believe the LPP test has an advantage over the VAP test because its methodology allows for more precise measurements and because it can also measure remnant lipoprotein (RLP), which is a particularly threatening type of cholesterol.

If you already take medication to “lower cholesterol”. It’d be a good idea to seek the help of an integrative medicine cardiologist to run the right tests.

 

Ideal Triglycerides & Cholesterol Levels (Dr. Sinatra’s recommendations)

  • Total Cholesterol: 180 to 250 mg/dL
  • Total HDL Cholesterol: 40 to 120 mg/dL for women; 35 to 120 mg/dL for men
  • HDL Cholesterol Subtypes: Greater than 25 mg/dL for HDL2; greater than 15 mg/dL for HDL3
  • Total LDL Cholesterol: 80 to 140 mg/dL
  • LDL Cholesterol Subtype Lp(a): less than 30 mg/dL for a standard blood test; less than 10 mg/dL for a VAP test
  • Total Triglycerides: 50 to 150 mg/dL
  • Triglycerides Subtype VLDL3: less than 10 mg/dL

Some supplements such as Omega Q plus with resveratrol  (100–400 mg CoQ10) per Dr. Sinatra’s (one of the top integrative cardiologists in the country) recommendation,  andNattokinase.  Nattokinase— is nature’s very own blood thinner. It’s an all-natural soybean extract  {non-GMO form} that’s known to support healthy blood pressure and improve circulation to every part of your body, so you can feel young and energized.   Both, will help in reducing inflammation and enhance cardiovascular disease in general. Here is great excerpt from one of Dr. Sinatra’s articles describing CoQ1o:

Often called the “miracle nutrient” or the “universal antioxidant,” CoQ10 exists in the mitochondria—or power plants—of our cells, and scavenges and destroys free radicals that cause heart disease and other cardiovascular problems. Hundreds of studies have documented the actions of CoQ10 and most doctors and holistic health practitioners are in awe of its effectiveness. So am I!

 

Along with everything mentioned in this article and the life style changes you must adapt to, the video below reveals a well kept secret to slashing your risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke by 75%-80%.

 

 Now, If the advise in the video isn’t something you are willing to go through, there is your last and I think your best option- keep reading… 

You maybe interested in learning the truth about beta blockers, alpha blockers and other common and dangerous pharmaceutical blood pressure and cholesterol “conventional medicines”.   (once you read the special report you are about to see,you’ll be willing to do just about anything to avoid the nasty side effects of these “magic pills.”)I’d suggest you to get the  Cholesterol Secrets Remedy Report   where you can find a full list of the right foods foods, minerals and recipes, for optimum cholesterol levels.

You will no longer need Beta Blockers or worse yet- statins which by the way, deplete coenzyme Q10 that is essential for Cardiovascular health.

If you are interested in the Arteriosclerosis book recommended in the video. You can find it here on Amazon.

 

As always thanks for reading, sharing and liking my articles.   Please spread the knowledge with family and friends who are still following the old myth that “cholesterol” is the villain.  Lifestyle changes are crucial to prevent the build up of plaque.

Do you or someone you know was diagnosed with “high cholesterol”?  What steps have you taken to balance your cholesterol levels to import cardiovascular health?

 

To your best health,

 

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