Cholesterol is not bad for you! Every cell in the body needs cholesterol to make the cell’s outer layer flexible, waterproof, and able to communicate with other cells. Cholesterol is needed for tissue repair, so it will naturally increase in times of emotional or physical stress. It is the main building block of vitamin D, estrogen, testosterone, and other hormones needed for normal body function. Cholesterol is also a powerful antioxidant and is essential for the digestion of fat. Your brain and nerve system are partly composed of cholesterol. It acts like the insulation surrounding electrical wires and helps the body’s communication pathways to perform in a powerful, efficient way.
Statin drugs, by design, interfere with the liver’s ability to make cholesterol. Unfortunately, they also decrease production of CoQ10, which is an antioxidant that all cells need to produce energy from sugar. The heart, since it beats constantly, has the highest requirements for CoQ10. Heart failure is one of the side effects of CoQ10 deficiency. To offset for this side effect, 200-600 mg/day of CoQ10 should be taken with a statin drug. Statin drugs inhibit the body’s ability to make immunity-enhancing vitamin D. It is widely accepted that the most common side effects of statin drugs are muscle pain, weakness, and difficulties with memory. Some people find that they are unable to tolerate the effects of this drug.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be 44% more effective than statin drugs in reducing death from heart attack and stroke. Omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown to be 32% more effective than statin drugs in reducing all causes of death (Studer M et al. Arch Int Med, Apr 11 2005).
How to Decrease Your Risk of Heart Disease:
- Eat organic vegetables and fruits; grass-fed, free-range meats; wild fish; beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
- Limit grains to 1 serving per day.
- Minimize your intake of sugar, juice, pasta, bread, and potatoes.
- Eliminate hydrogenated oils.
- Exercise daily for at least 1 hour at an intensity that makes you sweat.
- Take high-quality omega-3 fatty acids daily.
- Take vitamin D3 daily to raise your blood levels to 40-80 ng/mL.
- Consult with a trusted health care professional about a health development program customized for you.