Cholesterol is easily the medical mainstream’s BIGGEST obsession.
It was around long before the coronavirus ever showed its ugly face. And once the infections start to finally fade away, you can bet it’ll climb right back up to the top of their list of priorities.
Heck, the next time you’re in for a checkup – one probably long delayed due to the shutdowns– cholesterol might even be the FIRST THING they test you for.
But don’t be fooled.
This “TOP” priority of the mainstream is a classic case of medical misdirection. Because while they absolutely obsess over LDL cholesterol, the latest research exposes the truth.
While cholesterol CAN be a concern, it’s A LOT more complicated than they make it out to be.
The truth is, in many ways, LDL isn’t the risk factor they’ve warned you about. In fact, one of the most common forms of these fats in the blood won’t even harm you.
What you REALLY need to know about LDL cholesterol
The new study confirms the science I’ve shared with you here in Healthier Talk over the years.
They might insist on calling LDL the “bad” cholesterol. But there’s nothing bad about most of it.
The main form of LDL – the kind you’ll get from a healthy diet of natural fats, especially seafood – travels through the arteries in big, fluffy, oversized particles. They’re basically gentle giants moving along, just passing through, and NOT forming those plaques and blockages that cause arteries to stiffen up.
It’s the SMALL dense particles of oxidized LDL that you’ve got to watch out for. They’re called “very low density lipoproteins” (VLDL) or “remnant cholesterol.” And they’re the ones that can get trapped in artery walls, leading to the hardening that marks atherosclerosis.
So… question of the day… how do you ensure you have those big fluffy LDL particles and not those tight little packages of doom?
The study helps there, too, and it’s some advice I’ve shared with you many times before. Get more omega-3 fatty acids, ideally from seafood.
Slash heart risk with these 3 omega-3 benefits
The study confirms omega-3s from fish raise levels of the “fluffy” LDL particles as well as essential HDL. And all without increasing small LDL particles.
Better still, those same fatty acids can help cut your levels of dangerous triglycerides.
This three-way power…
- boosting “BIG” particles of LDL and HDL
- reducing “SMALL” particles of LDL
- cutting triglycerides
… leads to just about the most crucial benefit of all.
It can CUT the risk of heart disease.
Ideally, get your omega-3s from fatty fish. It’s always better to get nutrients from whole foods when you can.
But if you don’t eat seafood often… or don’t eat it at all… then hook yourself up with a high-quality omega-3 fatty acid supplement from a maker you trust to pick up the slack.