Quality of cholesterol more important than quantity

If you’ve been reading my Health eTips and Nutrition & Healing newsletter for a while now, you know that there’s a ton of research that shows that the oxidation or “browning” of the cholesterol and the arteries of the heart is much more predictive of heart disease than any measure of total cholesterol.

Oxidation or browning can cause inflammation and lead to all sorts of health issues, not the least of which is heart disease. That’s because oxidation is a kind of corrosion of your insides — just like the rust you might find in the undercarriage of an old car.

Of course, your body isn’t literally rusting, but the process isn’t all that different inside your tissues and precious organs as it is elsewhere in nature.

And it’s not specific to just one organ or cell. In fact, it can occur anywhere and everywhere in your body.

That means that slowing this process down is of utmost importance.

But a cholesterol-lowering statin drug won’t stop or even slow this “browning” of your cholesterol. It will only reduce the number of cholesterol molecules.

To put it another way, statins don’t change the quality of your cholesterol… only the quantity.

And I would much rather take lots of cholesterol molecules with a little oxidation over a little cholesterol with lots of high-lipid peroxides any day of the week.

Unfortunately, lowering the amount of cholesterol with a statin drug has been a “no-brainer” for Big Pharma and conventional doctors.

Not only are they easy to prescribe and easy for patients to take, but the mainstream makes a lot of money off of them, too — and both of those factors have made statins incredibly popular.

So, as you might expect, any research regarding oxidation has been downplayed over the years.

In my experience, supplementing with a quality antioxidant is essential in stopping some of the “rust” that’s building up in your arteries.

The supplements that I see working the best are ones that I’ve shared with you in the past — glutathione, quercetin, curcumin, resveratrol, and astaxanthin, just to name a few.

Of course, work with a doctor who’s well-versed in nutritional medicine on any and all supplementation programs — especially anything you plan to start anew.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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