cholesterol

  1. How the fall harvest can help you crush high cholesterol

    If your cholesterol is on the high side, your doc has probably given you the song and dance about statins.

    He'll swear up and down that you NEED to be on them to bring your numbers down.

    And supposedly, you NEED to lower your lipids so that you can dodge a heart attack down the line.

    But as I've shared with you before, statins come with crippling side effects -- from muscle damage to memory loss.

    And past research has shown that they may not even stave off a heart attack.

    So, what’s the point of taking them at all? Especially when there’s something else that can slash cholesterol naturally AND protect your heart at the same time.

    According to a new study, it’s an antioxidant found in the skins of red grapes, called resveratrol.

    Resveratrol is known to reduce the effect of an enzyme that controls cholesterol production. And in the study, Mexican researchers found that those who supplemented with resveratrol saw their total cholesterol plummet compared to those who received a placebo.

    What's more, those in the resveratrol group also saw their triglyceride levels plunge.

    And that's not all resveratrol can do to defend your ticker.

    As I've shared with you before, cholesterol is more than just a numbers game.

    Even if your cholesterol is "high" by mainstream standards, you may not be in the crosshairs of heart disease.

    That is, UNLESS some of your LDL ("bad") cholesterol is damaged (a.k.a. “oxidized”).

    Damaged LDL can build up in your artery walls, paving the way for a heart attack.

    But previous studies have shown that the powerful antioxidant properties of resveratrol can shield your LDL cholesterol from that oxidative damage.

    Plus, resveratrol has also been proven to relax stiff arteries!

    I know that the thought of having a heart attack is the stuff of nightmares. And I understand why you’d be inclined to swallow just about ANYTHING to avoid one.

    Don’t let it be a bitter pill. Swap your statin for a resveratrol supplement, which you can find at your local health food store or online.

    Diet alone won’t give you all the resveratrol you need. But don’t let that stop you from eating red grapes! Your timing is perfect – because they just so happen to be coming into season with the fall harvest.

    Buy organic so you're not swallowing harmful toxins.

    You can also snack on berries and peanuts, which are good sources of resveratrol, too.

  2. Could cholesterol be GOOD for your brain?

    For years, mainstream docs have made cholesterol Public Enemy No. 1.

    They've claimed that it'll clog up your arteries... and turn your brain to mush.

    And if your levels are even marginally high, most docs will want you on a statin drug (STAT!) -- especially if you're over 65.

    The thing is, there's little proof that having high cholesterol increases your risk of cardiovascular disease!

    And now, a new study shows that when it comes to brain health, cholesterol may actually be "friend" rather than "foe" -- because late in life, cholesterol that's on the high side may protect you from mental decline.

    In the study, published in Alzheimer's & Dementia, researchers measured the cholesterol of close to 1,900 people at varying points in their lives, from middle age to very old age.

    By the end of the study, folks in the 75 to 84 range with "above-normal" cholesterol had a 50 percent higher risk of developing dementia than peers with cholesterol in the "normal" range.

    That pretty much squares with mainstream thinking.

    But when the researchers looked at folks 85 to 94, something unexpected happened.

    Those whose cholesterol levels were HIGHER than normal had a 32 percent LOWER risk of mental decline over the next 10 years than their peers with cholesterol in the normal range.

    Now, the study's authors were quick to caution that the results don't prove that high cholesterol itself protected the older participants from dementia. And sure, it could be that some third factor shielded these folks from both the negative effects of high cholesterol AND cognitive decline.

    But we know that your brain actually NEEDS some cholesterol to build cell membranes and nerve sheaths.

    Studies have also shown that HDL ("good") cholesterol can STOP inflammation -- and that's important because inflammation raging in your brain is at the root of degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer's.

    So, it may be that the older you get, the more important cholesterol becomes for your gray matter!

    This is yet another reason why you SHOULDN'T be popping statins to bring those lipid levels down -- on top of the fact that these drugs have been linked to diabetes, kidney failure, and permanent muscle damage.

    And if your LDL cholesterol is truly dangerously high, try supplementing your diet with red yeast rice to bring it down naturally.

    Your best bet for maintaining a healthy ratio of HDL to LDL ("bad") cholesterol is eating a diet that eliminates refined carbs, like the Paleo (a.k.a. "caveman") diet. (And no, these new findings are not an excuse for you to start pumping up your cholesterol by hitting the drive-thru!)

    I'll have something else for you later today that can protect your brain against the ravages of decline. It may sound a little weird at first, but stick with me -- it'll be worth it.

  3. Protect heart health by fighting cholesterol oxidation

    The surprising key to maintaining maximum heart health How time flies! February will be here sooner than you know it, and there's something you need to prepare for right now. No, it's not Valentine's Day. It's "Heart Health Month." Of course, that doesn't mean that you can wait until February 1 to think about your own heart health -- but...
  4. Quality of cholesterol more important than quantity

    Time to winterize your body and "rust-proof" your insides Believe it or not, your body is probably "browning" as you read this. It's not happening on the outside of your body, where you can see it -- but INSIDE, where it can cause inflammation and lead to all sorts of health issues, not the least of which is heart disease...
  5. Almonds improve cholesterol levels

    Snack on THIS... instead of statins! Sorting out the facts on cholesterol can be pretty darn confusing. The mainstream tells you that having high cholesterol is a death knell for your ticker... so they try to make your cholesterol num bers do a "limbo dance" by prescribing statins to see how LOW they can GO! Meanwhile, those statins leave you...
  6. Red yeast rice reduces cholesterol

    Get off the statin bandwagon once and for all! If you're one of the millions of people taking statin drugs, you know that you can never seem to get those numbers low enough to appease your doctor. He may have even tried to push a SECOND med on you... just to see how LOW you can GO! But the downside...
  7. Asian root reduces high cholesterol

    Clamp down on cholesterol with this Far East noodle When you've been told that your cholesterol is "high," it feels like you're stuck between a rock and a hard place. Having high LDL ("bad") cholesterol, they'll warn you, will increase your risk of heart disease... so you've GOT to bring those numbers down by taking a statin. Yet, if you've...
  8. Heart Disease study finds it's time to chew the fat

    A massive analysis of 48 years' worth of research proves sugar – not fat – is the greatest risk to your heart.
  9. Cholesterol tests being pushed for fourth-graders

    A new recommendation for cholesterol screening for children as young as nine is part of a Big Pharma plan to force statins on kids.
  10. New heart guidelines a cash grab for statins

    A new set of heart health guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association are designed to put up to 40% of U.S. adults on statins and make Big Pharma billions.

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