How Cholesterol May Not Be The Villain
Heart Disease: It’s Time to Rethink the Causes and Treatments
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide, but the traditional understanding of the role of cholesterol, heart disease and treatments may be greatly flawed.
Mounting evidence suggests that cholesterol and saturated fat are NOT direct contributors to heart disease. The widespread promotion of low-fat diets and statin drugs may be contributing to an even greater health crisis.
by Greg Montoya
Debunking the Cholesterol Myth
The book “The Great Cholesterol Myth” challenges the long-held belief that cholesterol is the primary culprit in heart disease. It exposes the shortcomings of the research supporting this notion and reveals the true culprits:
- Oxidative Stress
- Trans Fats
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- High-Carbohydrate Diets and
- Processed Foods
Another Myth to Tackle is the Idea of “Good” and “Bad” Cholesterol
Knowing you have a “high” LDL level is useless information unless you know how much of the LDL is the small, harmful, dense kind. Also, how much is the big, fluffy kind that is not harmful. Unfortunately, most doctors are behind the times on this. They look at the total LDL number – not the size and type – and if that number is even slightly higher than the recommended lab reported level, then “BOOM” out comes the prescription pad for statin drugs.
LDL, the supposed “bad” cholesterol, has several different subtypes, and not all of them are bad – quite the contrary. Sadly, many doctors do not perform the easily available tests – event those covered by insurance – that determine your LDL.
Since Cholesterol Often Plays “The Bad Guy”, How do we Benefit From Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a hormone factory. It’s used by the body to synthesize bile acids. Cholesterol is an essential component of all the cell membranes in the body. So, it’s important for the immune system. We also make vitamin D from cholesterol. Understanding the functions of this controversial molecule will help you better understand why so many things can go wrong when we pursue lower cholesterol numbers.
Reassessing LDL Cholesterol
The distinction between “good” and “bad” cholesterol is really simple. While LDL cholesterol is often labeled as “bad,” it has several subtypes, and not all of them are harmful. In fact, large, fluffy LDL particles pose virtually no risk; while small, dense LDL particles are thought to be more closely linked to heart disease. Unfortunately, many doctors only measure total LDL levels, overlooking the crucial distinction between particle size and type.
The Cholesterol – Vitamin D Connection
It’s critical to understand how important the cholesterol-vitamin D connection is. There is compelling research that links low vitamin D levels with an increased risk of heart disease, poor physical performance, osteoporosis, depression, cancer, difficulty in losing weight, and other medical conditions…
Supplementation with vitamin D3 may help to greatly reduce these risks.
Warning! If you decide to supplement with vitamin D3 it’s extremely important to find a brand that also includes vitamin K2 and Strontium. Taking vitamin D or D3 with these two additional ingredients will help ensure that calcium is deposited on your bones where it belongs, instead of on your arterial walls… where it could kill you!
Ageless Impact has formulated a therapeutic vitamin D3 product that also contains the appropriate amount of 2 vital companion ingredients – vitamin K2 & Strontium.
The True Culprits: Inflammation, Oxidative Stress, Sugar, and Processed Foods
Emerging research suggests a number of factors that contribute to heart disease. For example, inflammation, oxidative stress, sugar consumption, and high-carbohydrate diets rich in processed foods are now recognized as contributing factors behind this condition.
Inflammation, a chronic low-grade immune response, damages blood vessels and promotes plaque buildup in your arteries.
Oxidative stress, caused by an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants, further damages cells and tissues.
The Real Heart Disease Villain: SUGAR!
Sugar, particularly high-fructose corn syrup and fructose found in processed foods and beverages, contributes to glycation, a process that damages LDL cholesterol and accelerates heart disease progression. Sugar, not fat, poses a far greater threat to heart health!
High-carbohydrate diets, often laden with refined grains and processed sugars, lead to insulin resistance, a metabolic disorder that increases the risk of heart disease.
Reducing or eliminating sugar and processed carbohydrates from the diet can significantly improve blood sugar levels, thus lowering your heart disease risk.
Holistic Approaches to Heart Disease Prevention
Beyond dietary changes and vitamin D supplementation, several lifestyle factors can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease:
- Quitting smoking
- Moderate alcohol consumption
- Regular physical activity
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Adopting a wholesome, low-glycemic diet rich in omega-3 fats and fiber
- Optimizing vitamin D levels through sun exposure, diet, or supplementation
- Managing stress levels through relaxation techniques, prayer and meditation
IMPORTANT: if you are taking statins, keep in mind that this drug removes necessary CoQ10 from your system. CoQ10 is the “Spark Plug” that keeps your heart functioning correctly. When you have low levels, you are likely a candidate for congestive heart failure as the two go hand-in-hand. So, if you are taking statins it’s vital that you also supplement with sufficient amounts of CoQ10… If not, you may be setting yourself up for congestive heart failure!
Additional supplements you should consider taking to assist with your heart health:
- Magnesium relaxes the artery walls, reduces blood pressure, and makes it easier for the heart to pump blood, and for the blood to flow freely. Also, helps to reduce muscle cramps.
- Niacin will lower both triglycerides and the “bad” kind of LDL cholesterol.
- D-ribose is one of the components of the energy molecule ATP, which the body uses to power all neurological activity.
- Other supplements worth considering include vitamin C, curcumin, resveratrol, and cacao flavanols.
The traditional narrative surrounding cholesterol and heart disease appears to be misleading and potentially harmful. A more comprehensive approach that addresses the TRUE underlying causes of heart disease – inflammation, oxidative stress, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, trans fats, and high-simple carbohydrate diets – offers a more effective path to reducing the chances of heart disease, and promoting a “healthier” YOU!