Cholesterol Myth Busted: Supplements Could Boost Heart Health

Drs. Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra are out to tackle heart health by busting common myths and misconceptions with their book The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan that Will. One such myth they bust is that supplements show no proof of working. The authors are big fans of supplementation to decrease inflammation and improve your health with additional nutrients you’re not getting from your food.

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Here are 11 quick tips for adding high quality vitamins and supplements to your diet that could drastically improve your heart health.

1. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a kind of “energy fuel” for the heart.

2. Statins deplete CoQ10; supplementation is an absolute necessity if you’re on a statin drug, and it is a very good idea even if you’re not.

3. D-ribose is one of the components of the energy molecule ATP, which the body uses to power all activity.

4. L-carnitine supplementation after a heart attack increases survival rate and makes it less likely you’ll suffer a second heart attack.

5. Magnesium relaxes the artery walls, reduces blood pressure, and makes it easier for the heart to pump blood and for the blood to flow freely.

6. Niacin will lower both triglycerides and the “bad” kind of LDL cholesterol. It also reduces a toxic substance called lipoprotein(a)—Lp(a) for short—and raises HDL. Don’t use the time release kind.

7. Omega-3s—especially from fish—lower the death rate from heart disease. They also lower triglycerides, resting heart rate, and blood pressure.

8. Omega-3s are highly anti-inflammatory.

9. At least twenty-eight clinical trials in humans show that pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) produces positive changes in triglycerides and LDL cholesterol. It also increases HDL.

10. Nattokinase and lumbrokinase are natural “clot busters.”

11. Other supplements worth considering include vitamin C, curcumin, resveratrol, and cocoa flavanols.

 

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Heart disease is the #1 killer. However, traditional heart disease protocols–with their emphasis on lowering cholesterol–have it all wrong. Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease. Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research results from pharmaceutical companies intent on supporting the $31-billion-a-year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.
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MYTHS VS. FACTS
Myth: High cholesterol is the cause of heart disease. Fact: Cholesterol is only a minor player in the cascade of inflammation which is a cause of heart disease.
Myth: High cholesterol is a predictor of heart attack. Fact: There is no correlation between cholesterol and heart attack.
Myth: Lowering cholesterol with statin drugs will prolong your life. Fact: There is no data to show that statins have a significant impact on longevity.
Myth: Statin drugs are safe. Fact: Statin drugs can be extremely toxic including causing death.
Myth: Statin drugs are useful in men, women and the elderly. Fact: Statin drugs do the best job in middle-aged men with coronary disease.
Myth: Statin drugs are useful in middle-aged men with coronary artery disease because of its impact on cholesterol. Fact: Statin drugs reduce inflammation and improve blood viscosity (thinning blood). Statins are extremely helpful in men with low HDL and coronary artery disease.
Myth: Saturated fat is dangerous. Fact: Saturated fats are not dangerous. The killer fats are the transfats from partially hydrogenated oils.
Myth: The higher the cholesterol, the shorter the lifespan. Fact: Higher cholesterol protects you from gastrointestinal disease, pulmonary disease and hemorrhagic stroke.
Myth: A high carbohydrate diet protects you from heart disease. Fact: Simple processed carbs and sugars predispose you to heart disease.
Myth: Fat is bad for your health. Fact: Monounsaturated and saturated fats protect you from metabolic syndrome. Sugar is the foe in cardiovascular disease.
Myth: There is good (HDL) cholesterol and bad (LDL) cholesterol. Fact: This is over-simplistic. You must fractionate LDL and HDL to assess the components.
Myth: Cholesterol causes heart disease. Fact: Cholesterol is only a theory in heart disease and only the small component of LP(a) or “bb shot” LDL predisposes one to oxidation and inflammation.