According to Healthy Food House, cholesterol meds, i.e. statins are one of the most commonly used over-the-counter meds today, i.e. every 1 in 4 American citizens over the age of 45 takes them to regulate their cholesterol levels. However, are statins really necessary? What’s more, they come with some pretty serious side effects, including cancer, liver problems, chronic tiredness, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and anemia.
The Truth about Cholesterol Is Being Hidden from Us?
According to Mercola, the new documentary titled $29 Billion Reasons to Lie about Cholesterol based on a book by Justin Smith explores the vast body of evidence showing the scarce or no effect of these meds on the cholesterol levels. And, they appear to be more damaging rather than good for us. However, they continue being prescribed to people because they bring huge profits.
Is there a Real Link between Low Cholesterol and Good Health?
As Mercola explain, the evidence associating high cholesterol and heart illness is weak. One study did found that the people who weigh more and had high cholesterol were slightly more at a risk of heart illness in the future.
However, the more cholesterol and saturated fat the people ate, the lower their cholesterol levels. With this in mind, we cannot say that cholesterol is the main reason for heart illness and Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a certified cardiologist and expert in the field of cardiology, agrees.
Inflammation Is the Real Problem?
A lot of pharmaceutical companies do not want their patients to know that it is the size of the LDL particle that matters; namely, small ones can easily get stuck and lead to inflammation. They keep this from the public eye because it will minimise the number of people using statins (they do not regulate the size of these particles).
So, if you want to ensure the LDL particles are sufficiently large, you need to be cautious about your diet. Your focus needs not to be the cholesterol levels, but on the reduction of inflammation. Check out the major causes for higher inflammation:
- Excessive intake of grains and sugars
- Eating foods prepared at high temperatures
- A sedentary lifestyle
- High levels of emotional stress
- Diet rich in trans fats
- Oxidized cholesterol (rancid cholesterol as that from scrambled eggs)
How to Balance Cholesterol Levels Naturally
As seen on Healthy Food House, here are the best two natural ways to regulate the cholesterol in your body:
- Consume a tbsp of wheatgrass on the daily- it will decrease the blood pressure, detoxify the body from toxins, and regulate the LDL and total cholesterol
- Eat more avocados- this nutrient-dense fruit was found to be beneficial in lowering the LDL