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  1. When cholesterol gets too low

    So you've followed your mainstream doctor's advice and brought your LDL cholesterol levels crashing down to meet the latest guidelines, probably with the help of drugs such as statins.

    And now, instead of good health, you're sicker than ever. You might even find yourself locked in a life-or-death battle with a disease such as cancer.

    What went wrong?

    It's not bad luck. If it's not a side effect of those cholesterol meds, it's the low cholesterol itself -- because low levels of LDL can be every bit as dangerous as too-high levels, and a new study confirms just one of the risks.

    Researchers went into the medical histories of 201 cancer patients and 402 patients without the disease, digging through nearly 20 years of LDL data on each.

    And, wouldn't you know it, they found that the cancer patients all had consistently lower levels of cholesterol in the years and even decades before they were diagnosed with the disease.

    The study isn't proof that low LDL causes cancer, but I've seen similar research in the past -- and I think the link is pretty real. And it's not the only risk of bringing your levels down too far.

    Your body actually needs a certain amount of cholesterol. Your heart and brain both need it... and it's needed to manufacture key hormones. That's why low levels have been linked to depression, anxiety, memory problems and more.

    And besides, the actual level is only part of the picture here.

    What many doctors don't realize is that cholesterol is about more than just hitting a certain number on a chart. The oxidation of that cholesterol plays a much bigger role in arterial health, and I predict that in a few years you'll be hearing a lot more about it -- probably once they have a drug to sell for it.

    But you don't need to wait for that med or take any other drug -- because there are safe and natural ways to control your cholesterol and its oxidation. I'll have much more on this in the June issue of my printed newsletter, Health Revelations. If you subscribe now, I'll make sure you're one of the first to get it.

  2. Green tea repairs DNA damage

    Everyone knows green tea packs an unbeatable health punch-- and a new study shows why, because researchers say this great-tasting drink can actually undo genetic damage inside your body.

    And all it takes to get started is just a month of tea- sipping.

    The two-part study in the British Journal of Nutrition involved a placebo-controlled trial along with an in vitro lab experiment, and they both revealed the same thing: Tea can actually fight off the oxidative stress associated with aging and disease.

    In the trial, 18 volunteers were given either a green tea drink (specifically, the somewhat pricey Longjing variety) or water every day for four weeks. Blood and urine samples taken before and after the study period revealed the true power of tea: a 20 percent reduction in DNA damage after that single month of sipping.

    For the other part of the study, researchers incubated human blood cells with green tea. Then, they exposed those cells to hydrogen peroxide, a damaging oxidation agent-- and found that the cells exposed to tea were better able to resist damage from oxidation.

    Stress and damage from oxidation leads to aging and disease. The fact the tea can actually undo that damage helps to explain a study published earlier this year, which found that found green tea drinkers have "younger," less- damaged cells.

    And that's not the only benefit of tea. The polyphenols in tea--especially green tea, which can have up to 10 times as much as black--have been linked to cancer prevention, vision health and even longer lives. Some studies have also found that green tea may reduce the risk of diabetes, dementia, depression and so much more.

    The best way to awaken the polyphenol powers of green tea is with a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of sugar--but if you're having problems with your waistline, skip the sugar and stick to the lemon.

    And if you're not--make teatime the only time you use the stuff.

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