Over 35 MILLION Americans are currently on a statin drug to lower their cholesterol. That’s MORE than the population of New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles combined.
It’s a number so huge it’s honestly hard to wrap your head around. And mainstream medicine’s obsession with driving cholesterol down to basement low levels means if you’re not on a statin already, the chances are you will be soon.
The pressure is immense. Every time you turn on the TV, there’s another commercial for one of the drugs. Every doctor’s visit, you get treated to another lecture about your numbers.
Heck, even your spouse gets in on the act—Nag, nag, nag.
It’s no wonder folks cave to the pressure and fill that statin prescription. After all, they can’t ALL be wrong, right?
Well, the truth isn’t so simple. Cholesterol isn’t always the villain it’s cast as. The KIND of cholesterol matters too. (And no, I don’t just mean just HDL versus LDL… more on that later.)
But if you’re among those folks who DOES need some help with your numbers, I have good news. New research confirms there could be a way to effectively cut your cholesterol WITHOUT resorting to risky statin drugs.
Natural tag team could lower LDL cholesterol
You and I probably have a lot to say about the problems with the state of mainstream medicine. But it turns out doctors have their own secret pet peeve.
It’s when a patient PROMISES to take care of something like cholesterol with a little diet and exercise. Then, when they return a few months later, nothing’s changed. In fact, it may have even gotten worse.
So you’ll have to forgive them for being a little skeptical whenever they hear it. But now, you can flip the script and surprise your own doc with some good news.
You can show up at your next visit with a new set of cholesterol numbers that’ll blow his skeptical mind. And it’s all thanks to TWO natural therapies:
- Monacolin K, or the main compound in red yeast rice
- Lactoplantibacillus plantarum, a common probiotic bacteria
Over 12 weeks, this duo cut LDL cholesterol levels by 13 percent, or nearly 25 points on average, according to new research. They also slashed total cholesterol by 11 percent.
That’s not as massive a drop as you’d likely see from taking a statin drug in most cases. And that’s a GOOD thing. Because statins can bring LDL cholesterol down too far, too fast.
Now the mainstream will tell you LDL is the enemy. They’ve labeled it “bad” cholesterol and want you to drive it as low as possible. But the real truth is you NEED to maintain a certain LDL level, and artificially driving it down to basement low levels could lead to disaster.
For example, one study in 2019 found that low LDL could lead to a stroke. Another linked low LDL to dementia. And other research has found “high” LDL (by mainstream standards) could CUT dementia risk by nearly a third in folks over 85.
Meanwhile, statin drug side effects can include muscle pain, sex problems, and memory loss. And their long-term use has been linked to diabetes and liver and kidney damage.
The TRUE trigger of heart attack and stroke
Before attempting to lower your own cholesterol… even with supplements… it’s a good idea to talk to a holistic or integrative medicine doctor. Because the truth is you might need to.
The REAL problems from cholesterol aren’t caused by LDL levels alone. It’s when those LDL particles are damaged by oxidative stress. This makes them “sticky,” which can cause them to adhere to blood vessel walls.
In many cases, fighting the oxidation will allow those LDL particles to stay “light and fluffy” so the cholesterol bounces harmlessly through. One great way to do that is with one of nature’s most potent antioxidants, astaxanthin.
Along with keeping LDL healthy, an astaxanthin supplement could help pop open blood vessels to protect against cardiovascular problems.
But keep in mind focusing on LDL numbers alone can turn out to be a case of not seeing the forest for the trees. Because the BIGGEST predictor of significant heart events such as heart attack and stroke is something many docs don’t even know to look for.
It’s called remnant cholesterol. And it’s where you can find those dangerous oxidized and dense cholesterol particles hiding. To find out more about remnant cholesterol and how to calculate your own, check out my earlier report here.
And should you actually still need to lower your cholesterol ask your doctor about whether a combo of red yeast rice and Lactoplantibacillus plantarum might be the right approach for you.
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