HDL Cholesterol

  1. Is HDL cholesterol secretly BAD for you???

    If they can’t sell a drug for it… then they’ll try to destroy it!

    And if you think that’s an exaggeration, just check out the latest news from the supposed cutting-edge of mainstream medicine.

    For YEARS now they’ve burned piles and piles of cash trying to create an overpriced pharmaceutical to raise HDL cholesterol, aka “good” cholesterol.

    And for the most part, they FAILED.

    So what are they doing now?

    They’re practically throwing a temper tantrum, claiming HDL isn’t such a big deal after all – and that one form could even hurt you.

    But I’ve got what they don’t: I’ve got the TRUTH about LDL and HDL cholesterol, as well as how to keep the right levels of both.

    What they won’t tell you about your cholesterol

    After YEARS of trying to cook up drugs to raise HDL… and having little to show for it… a new report comes out conveniently claiming you don’t want those levels to be too high anyway.

    They claim HDL particles can be “too big,” and that instead of protecting your blood vessels they can actually hurt.

    That’s news to ANYONE who’s been paying attention to, y’know, science and biology, where higher HDL has consistently led to lower risks.

    One study last year found that if docs want to change their focus, they should look at HDL-P, or how much HDL is in circulation, rather than the HDL-C currently measured.

    It’s not that HDL-C is BAD so much as HDL-P being a potentially much better indicator, and higher levels of this specific form can cut the risk of:

    • Heart attack by 37 percent
    • Stroke by 34 percent

    Now, of course particle size DOES matter when it comes to cholesterol.

    I’ve only been saying this for YEARS now, especially it comes to LDL cholesterol… where particle size REALLY matters.

    In that case, the bigger particles are better.

    Like beach balls in a stadium event, big LDL particles just bounce around harmlessly.

    The little dense particles are the ones you need to watch for – because they’re the ones that can cling to blood vessel walls, which leads to hardening and blockages.

    But pardon me if I’m not sold on their sudden change of heart on this, especially when they’ll happily apply it to HDL but ignore it for LDL.

    Fact is, their entire approach has been a complete disaster!

    The “top line” numbers they focus on – LDL, HDL, triglycerides and total cholesterol – have MISSED up to 50 percent of all people at risk of a heart attack.

    People with “normal” cholesterol routinely show up in the ER with heart attacks… while people with “high” cholesterol might never be at risk, yet are practically FORCED to gobble down drugs.

    One way to balance out all of these forms of cholesterol at once without medication is with a potent natural therapy called amla, aka Indian gooseberry.

    This almost magical little berry, concentrated in supplement form, can tackle the two biggest factors in cholesterol, and it’s not HDL and LDL.

    It’s inflammation and oxidation.

    And for even better results, combine it with other proven cardiovascular superstars such as CoQ10 and aged garlic extract. I like a form called Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract.

    All of these are easy-to-find, inexpensive and totally safe, but of course talk to your doctor about your risks and the best approach for you.

  2. Apples can cut cholesterol levels

    An apple a day might not always keep the doctor away. But two apples might do the trick -- especially for older women.

    In a new study, postmenopausal women who ate 2.6 ounces of dried apples a day -- the equivalent of two medium fresh apples -- saw dramatic improvements in cholesterol levels.

    At three months, their levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol fell by 16 percent and their total cholesterol dropped by 9 percent. At six months, those LDL levels fell by 24 percent, and total cholesterol by 13 percent.

    They also saw a 4 percent boost in HDL ("good") cholesterol. That may not sound very big, but raising HDL levels even a little bit is often a big challenge for many people.

    Those cholesterol changes alone are impressive enough for something as simple as apples, but those weren't the only benefits. The women who ate the dried apples also lost an average of 3.3 pounds, possibly a "side effect" of the pectin in the fruit, which is known to help make people feel full.

    A control group of women given a daily helping of prunes saw slight dips in cholesterol, but nothing like what was seen among those who ate the apples. They also dropped a couple of pounds.

    And while women in both groups saw drops in their levels of C-reactive protein -- an inflammation marker linked to everything from heart disease to brain disorders -- the women who got the prunes had bigger drops in this department.

    Looks like prunes are good for more than just regularity, and I see no reason not to enjoy both prunes and apples if you like them. Just keep it moderate, since the sugar and calories can add up fast if you eat too much fruit -- especially dried fruit.

    And when it comes to apples, don't just pick up anything on sale at the supermarket. Go organic, because conventional apples have some of the highest levels of pesticides of anything in the produce aisle.

  3. Green tea can lower blood pressure

    Lower your blood pressure with every sip of healthy green tea.
  4. Diabetics should concentrate on a low-carb diet

    The best way for diabetics to get control of their blood sugar is to cut down on their carbs -- and the latest research confirms this approach.
  5. Soda scare: Sugary drinks linked to new heart risk

    Any time I use the words "soda" and "study" in the same sentence, it's never good news for soda. I can't recall a single study that shows soda benefits anything other than the bank accounts of the people who sell it. And the latest research is no exception.
  6. One more reason to drink beer

    In fact, you can get just about all the benefits of wine and then some from plain old beer -- and the latest research confirms that a cold brew is every bit as good for your heart as a glass of red.
  7. The part-time diet that really works

    Researchers put women on a low-carb diet up against women on a low-calorie diet -- but with a huge catch: The low-carb eaters would stick to the plan for just two days a week… and eat whatever they wanted the rest of the time.
  8. The next wave of cholesterol meds

    If you thought statin meds to lower LDL cholesterol were useless, you should see what they're cooking up next: drugs to raise your HDL levels.
  9. The natural way to beat inflammation

    Inflammation has gone from a condition you should worry about to a marketing buzzword used to sell everything from drugs to juice to cereal. Well, at least they got it half right: You should worry about inflammation, and do what you can to bring your own levels down.
  10. Cholesterol not linked to stroke risk

    A new study finds a huge flaw in one of the most basic reasons these drugs are prescribed: Researchers say they've found almost no connection between LDL levels and stroke risk.

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