Just try to imagine how ticked off you’d be if this happened to you.
Or, to be more specific. Try to imagine how ticked off you’d be if this happened to you and you survived.
Because that second part is no guarantee. That’s what’s on the line here: life or death. And it comes down to a common piece of conventional medical advice.
You know it all too well. It’s the one about avoiding fat and cholesterol in your food. And gobbling down cholesterol meds, even if your LDL levels aren’t all that high.
And if you follow that advice too stringently… well, you could suffer a stroke.
LOW cholesterol DOUBLES deadly stroke risk
Hemorrhagic strokes are rarer than ischemic strokes. But they’re also far deadlier.
And one study finds the danger kicks up a notch when your LDL levels slide below 70 milligrams.
Now to be clear, your doctor would likely throw a party if you hit that level. Or at least give you a high-five. Because they’ve been taught to aim for as low as you can go.
But the study shows there’s nothing to celebrate here. Because when LDL drops that low, your risk for hemorrhagic stroke can double.
It’s the same story when you look at triglycerides. If your fasting levels drop below 74 milligrams – or below 84 if you’ve eaten – the odds of a brain bleed doubles.
In other words, your so-called “picture-perfect” low cholesterol could KILL you. And although this study focused on women, there are likely similar concerns for men.
Oxidation is the TRUE danger
Sky-high LDL cholesterol levels ARE typically a red flag and can be linked to stroke. But the problem isn’t LDL in its natural “light and fluffy” form.
It’s when it gets oxidized and turns dense and sticky that you have to worry.
Like bubblegum on the bottom of your shoe, just about everything oxidized cholesterol touches sticks to it. And all that stuck stuff becomes part of the “artery cement” that can plug up the pipes.
If that sludge becomes unstable and ruptures, a stroke can be the result.
You can un-sludge your blood vessels and reduce your stroke risk, but the answer isn’t cholesterol meds.
Those drugs cut ALL your LDL. That includes the LDL your body needs to function as part of your hormone production process, as well as the protective membranes that surround your cells.
Plus, 25 percent of the cholesterol in your body is located in your brain. This is why it’s no surprise that seniors with dementia typically have lower LDL levels, while many folks with higher LDL often stay sharp as a tack.
Talk to your doc about dropping the statin drugs and tackling the TRUE cholesterol problem to reduce your stroke risk. 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 astaxanthin naturally in salmon, shrimp, and lobster. It’s what gives the seafood their pink or red color. But to get a therapeutic dose, a supplement may be your best bet.
This approach could help guide your cholesterol levels gently and naturally into the golden zone. And you won’t have to fret about dangerously low stroke-triggering levels.
Most important of all, it won’t end up oxidizing and turning into “artery cement.”
But while LDL isn’t the bogey man that it’s made out to be, there’s another form of cholesterol that’s often a MUCH bigger problem. Click through to discover The CRITICAL cholesterol number they never mention.
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