Even the conventional experts call HDL “good” cholesterol. And as it turns out, it might be a whole lot better than anyone realized. Because it could play a significant role in heading off Alzheimer’s disease
Along with protecting your blood vessels, enhancing your circulation, and improving overall cardiovascular health, a new report finds HDL cholesterol can play a critical role in your brain.
And one form of HDL, in particular, may have the power to:
- PROTECT memory
- PRESERVE cognition
- BLOCK Alzheimer’s disease
This should be a WIN for natural medicine. Instead, they’re already discussing ways to mimic this effect with a drug.
So today, I’m not only going to share the skinny on how this form of HDL can help. I will also explain the best way to raise its levels yourself without ever having to touch a soon-to-be-developed drug.
Protect against Alzheimer’s with “good” cholesterol
All HDL cholesterol is considered “good.” But it’s not all the same.
There are different types of HDL with different roles. And that includes the very small HDL particles at the heart of this new Alzheimer’s study.
Scientists took samples of cerebrospinal fluid. The special “juice” flows from the brain to the spine and back. And they tested it for these small HDL particles.
Then, they gave all the participants cognitive tests. It turns out the higher the levels of small HDL particles, the better these folks did on those tests.
And that was even true for volunteers with the APOE4 gene, which raises the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s as if the small HDL canceled out the effects of that gene.
Some experts theorize that the effect results from how the small HDL interacts with specific peptides in the brain. When this occurs, the reaction may help prevent the beta-amyloid plaques that can form in the brain clogging neural networks leading to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
The team behind the study finds it so encouraging that they believe this could be a better option than the current drugs (which, let’s face it, have been a monumental disappointment). In fact, they think this approach could help BLOCK the disease BEFORE it starts.
But, as I mentioned earlier, they’re already talking about a drug to accomplish this. You can have a discussion with your doctor when that becomes available. But the truth is, to raise your HDL, you don’t have to go that far.
Raise your own levels of small HDL
Your brain actually makes its own small HDL particles, which it uses to cushion neurons and help repair them when damaged.
That same HDL also supports the blood-brain barrier, helping prevent the damage and “leaks” that can allow toxins into the brain (another critical risk factor for cognitive struggles). But there may be a much simpler option than a drug for raising this form of cholesterol.
A few years back, researchers looking at a very different disease spotted a way to naturally raise small HDL particles. And that, believe it or not, was good old exercise.
The study of rheumatoid patients found that just 113 extra minutes of movement per week – outside of regular daily activity – led to higher levels of these unique HDL particles and less stiffness in the blood vessels.
Now, remember “exercise” doesn’t have to be anything too intense. A brisk walk will do the trick. And studies show it’s not only a great form of low-stress activity, but it could also add healthy years to your life.
For more on the incredible benefits of walking and how it could literally save your life, check out my earlier report, “Simple walking trick slashes risk of early death 24%.”
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