I found this article rather interesting. Interesting because I have always been told I have high cholesterol. I have never taken any medication for it, because my triglycerides are a good level and from what I have read this is really what counts. I eat as clean food as I can, I exercise, drink plenty of water (sometimes in the form of alcohol mind you). Besides you have to die of something.
Anyway for those who do take medication I recommend you read this article from top to bottom, then maybe you will reconsider what you eat and then get off that medication that you do not really have to take. Some researchers believe is quite dangerous.
Here are some exerts from the article.
‘Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death, and cholesterol is frequently given the blame. But is it justified?’
‘As explained by Dr. Kummerow, ( who wrote the book Cholesterol Is Not the Culprit) trans fats prevent the synthesis of prostacyclin,2 which is necessary to keep your blood flowing.’
“When your arteries cannot produce prostacyclin, blood clots form, and you may succumb to sudden death. Avoiding trans fat is therefore imperative for cardiovascular health. Vaccenic acid, found in cow’s milk, while a naturally-occurring trans fat, has an entirely different composition and does not cause the adverse health effects associated with hydrogenated oils.”
“Of course, the other thing I mentioned is that if you don’t eat trans fats, you will not interfere with the flow of your blood. The trans fats will have no influence because if you don’t eat them, they’re not going to be there. That’s the other reason for heart disease. If you don’t eat trans fat and the oxidized fat, you won’t have heart disease.”
“I personally have not taken oral vitamin D in over four years. I get all of my vitamin D from exposure to the sun. The benefit of doing it this way is that your body has a built-in biofeedback mechanism that regulates the amounts of vitamin D that is made. This ensures you’ll have just the right amount your body needs.”
“I want to remind you that sugar is another primary dietary culprit in the development of heart disease. To protect your heart health, you need to address your insulin and leptin resistance, which is the result of eating a diet too high in sugars and grains. To safely and effectively reverse insulin and leptin resistance, thereby lowering your heart disease risk, you need to:
Avoid sugar, processed fructose, and grains if you are insulin and leptin resistant. This effectively means you must avoid most processed foods
Eat a healthful diet of whole foods, ideally organic, and replace the grain carbs with:
1. Large amounts of vegetables
2. Low-to-moderate amount of high-quality protein (think organically raised, pastured animals)
3. As much high-quality healthful fat as you want (saturated and monounsaturated from animal and tropical oil sources). Most people actually need upwards of 50-85 percent fats in their diet for optimal health—a far cry from the 10 percent currently recommended.”
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