You hear about “killer cholesterol” constantly. Dire warnings about how it’s going to send you to an early grave.
There are relentless TV commercials for statin drugs. Doctors tend to start nagging patients when they reach their mid-40s. And even spouses and friends get in on the act with some gentle harassment of their own.
In other words, I think it’s safe to say Americans are a bit obsessed with high cholesterol.
And there’s no doubt about it. Unhealthy cholesterol CAN contribute to cutting your life short. It’s why around one in three older Americans is already on a cholesterol-lowering drug.
But here’s the thing… the elephant in the room which everyone refuses to admit even exists… unhealthy cholesterol isn’t one-sided.
Basement LOW cholesterol levels can kill too. And they’re likely far more common than you ever imagined.
And researchers say ladies who are headed toward the double digits may be unwittingly signing up for a death sentence.
In fact, a recent study revealed the super-low cholesterol goals you’ve been pushed to aim for could trigger a stroke.
Stroke risk SKYROCKETS with LOW cholesterol
All strokes are serious. But they’re NOT all the same.
There are two different categories of strokes….
Ischemic strokes are far more common. But the rarer hemorrhagic strokes are far more deadly. Hemorrhagic strokes trigger devastating brain bleeds that can sometimes be impossible to come back from.
If your fasting triglycerides dip below 74 (84 after eating), your doctor is liable to start doing backflips in celebration. But new research finds YOU should be concerned instead of celebrating.
Because, according to researchers, you’ve entered a possible danger zone.
At that level, your risk for a potentially deadly hemorrhagic stroke shoots through the roof, doubling to TWICE that of women with higher levels.
And the bad news doesn’t end there, either. LDL levels that fall too low can send your risk for brain bleeds climbing also. According to the study, LDL below 70 milligrams DOUBLES the risk of bleeding in the brain during a stroke compared to women with higher readings.
In other words, LOW CHOLESTEROL can be a KILLER too.
Oxidized cholesterol is the TRUE danger
It’s true. Sky-high LDL cholesterol is a red flag. Conventional doctors have that part of the equation right. But that’s when symptom-obsessed mainstream medicine tends to go off the rails.
You see, cholesterol in its healthy natural state tends to be on the “light and fluffy” side. In other words, it doesn’t even resemble the sticky, heavy sludge that puts you on the path towards a stroke.
The artery-clogging plaques are made up of fat, calcium, and OXIDIZED cholesterol. And that’s a critical difference.
When cholesterol is oxidized by damaging free radicals, it becomes denser and stickier. And THAT’S when you have a huge problem on your hands.
Like a blob of petroleum jelly, just about everything oxidized cholesterol touches stick to it. And the gummy slop that forms, as a result, is more likely to get attached to your artery walls.
If some of that sludge becomes unstable and ruptures, a stroke can be the result.
Target oxidized cholesterol with nutrients
So one of the safest and most effective solutions for keeping arteries free of “artery cement” – and YOU hopefully stroke-free – is to short-circuit the OXIDATION process. In other words, the goal isn’t to drop to dangerously low levels. But instead to keep your cholesterol light and fluffy.
Don’t forget your body needs cholesterol to function. It’s used in the hormone production process. And it helps create the protective membranes that surround your cells.
Plus, twenty-five percent of the cholesterol in your body is located in your brain. This is why it’s no surprise that older folks with dementia often have LOWER LDL levels. While people with higher LDL stay sharp as a tack.
Talk to your doc about a plan for dropping the statins and tackling the TRUE cholesterol problem.
- You can start by boosting your omega-3 levels by eating more wild-caught, cold-water fish, and taking an omega-3 supplement.
- Bump up your levels of the potent antioxidant vitamin E by eating more organic leafy greens, nuts, and seeds. And consider taking a mixed tocopherol vitamin E supplement as well.
- And complete your oxidized-cholesterol-fighting three-pack with astaxanthin, one of the most potent oxidation blockers in existence. You’ll find it in salmon, shrimp, and lobster. It’s what gives them their pink or red color. But to get a therapeutic dose, a supplement is probably your best bet.
These nutrients, along with a healthy diet and exercise, can help gently guide your cholesterol levels into the golden zone.
That means you won’t have to worry about those dangerously low stroke-triggering levels. And most important of all, it could help prevent cholesterol from oxidizing and turning into killer “artery cement.”