Mainstream medicine got it all wrong about cholesterol. And now, they’re slowly being forced to admit it.
Of course, they won’t just come clean with a straightforward confession.
Don’t expect to hear, “Sorry for pumping you full of unnecessary meds that made you absent-minded and gave you diabetes,” anytime soon.
Instead, they’re quietly revising their misguided advice on cholesterol. Fine-tuning it to target the real villains while never actually admitting they were so off base, to begin with.
And now, new research confirms a way to help fight one of the truly dangerous forms of cholesterol. But it’s not with a drug. It’s with a NUT.
The truth about LDL cholesterol
Conventional medicine traditionally divides cholesterol into “good” HDL cholesterol and “bad” LDL cholesterol. And that’s about it. But, of course, there’s far more to it than that.
HDL cholesterol is most certainly the good stuff. And you do want higher levels of it. But on the other hand, run-of-the-mill “fluffy” LDL isn’t nearly as bad as you’ve been led to believe.
In fact, big buoyant LDL particles tend to bounce harmlessly through your vessels. Plus, you actually need a certain amount of LDL to protect your nerves, make hormones, and form new cells. So, in other words, it’s not so “bad,” after all.
But that’s where things take a turn for the worse. Smaller, denser, and more heavily oxidized LDL particles, or oxLDL, can indeed be bad news.
These oxidized particles, damaged by free radicals, are “stickier” and can become embedded in blood vessel walls. Over time they can build up, making vessels less flexible, contributing to blockages, and causing cardiovascular problems.
But as strange as it sounds, it turns out delicious walnuts—which happen to be entering peak harvest season right now—could help turn the tide.
How walnuts protect your heart health
The new study finds munching on walnuts could make a significant difference when it comes to cholesterol. A half a cup of the nuts a day cut LDL cholesterol by an average of 4.3 mg/dL and total cholesterol by 8.5 mg/dL in the senior study volunteers.
That kind of drop could be enough to move you out of the borderline zone straight into the “no more nagging” neighborhood. But it gets even better.
The study didn’t stop there. The researchers also looked at what REALLY matters… those small, dense, and damaged particles that are behind some serious cardiovascular problems.
And the walnuts shined there too. That same half-a-cup snack sent the most dangerous form of LDL plummeting by an impressive 6.1 percent during the two-year randomized controlled trial.
It’s what I call a win-win. That respectable dip in LDL and total cholesterol could be enough to finally get your doc off your back about your numbers. Plus, the plunge in more dangerous smaller LDL particles could improve your cardiovascular health and potentially even help save your life.
In this particular study, women seemed to get a bigger benefit than men. But really, everyone wins when it comes to walnuts. They’re delicious, filling, and a great source of healthy fats.
For even MORE reasons to make walnuts one of your go-to snacks, check out this list I put together here.