Lowering Inflammation

A Healthy Cholesterol Level Isn’t Always Lower

…body to manufacture the necessary sex hormones, including estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. This is why many people who are on cholesterol-lowering statin medications suffer a loss of libido. * Creating vitamin D. Cholesterol is a vital building block your body needs in order to convert sunlight…

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The Great Cholesterol Myth

…testing their patients’ cholesterol numbers and wearing out their prescription pads with orders for prescription-lowering statin drugs. Meanwhile the true cause of heart disease, inflammation, is still largely ignored. The Great Cholesterol Myth When I was invited to co-author a book with Dr. Jonny Bowden—a…

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Could Losing Weight Work as Well as a Statin?

…nonspecific marker of inflammation and has been implicated in many chronic diseases. CRP has a strong correlation with fat tissue, particularly belly fat. Statin drugs, which are used for lowering cholesterol also have a significant anti-inflammatory effect and have been documented to lower CRP by 20 to 40…

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Flax and Omega-3 Benefits for Blood Pressure

…death. DHA omega-3 benefits also assist in bringing down blood pressure – 300-800 mg/day of DHA omega-3 supplements will cause mild blood pressure lowering in most people. I recommend getting DHA omega-3 benefits from a pure, noncontaminated fish or squid oil that contains EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)…

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5 Heart-Health Facts Your Cardiologist Won’t Tell You

…LDL Cholesterol Too Low Can Be Harmful: Many people, including cardiologists, still believe that the lower your LDL cholesterol is the better. This is one of the reasons that cholesterol lowering statin drugs are prescribed in record numbers. But the truth is, your body needs LDL cholesterol and if…

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Diabetes is No Reason to Jump on the Statin Bandwagon

…responsible, and statins don’t lower blood sugar for diabetics. However, they are potent anti-inflammatory drugs, and both heart disease and diabetes are caused by inflammation. Statins will also help to make the blood thinner, but there are so many safer ways to reduce inflammation and thin the blood. What…

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Heart Healthy Eating: Cooking Brussels Sprouts

…stress that can lead to heart disease. They also contain glucobrassicin and vitamin K which help to stave off inflammation. Plus, they’re a good source of folate which has been shown to lower blood pressure in women. Given all of these valuable health perks, I’m always interesting in learning new and…

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The Most Important Cholesterol Ratio to Watch

…cholesterol ratio. How to Lower Triglycerides Naturally * Reduce your intake of sugar and processed carbohydrates which can raise your triglycerides. * Keep your weight down. The lower your weight, the lower your triglycerides. So weight loss and weight management are key to lowering triglyceride levels.…

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Important Warning About Statins and Diabetes

…to reiterate something I’ve said before, that the benefit of statin drugs isn’t the cholesterol-lowering effect. Rather, it’s the fact that statin drugs thin the blood and reduce inflammation, which is the real way to combat coronary artery disease. Finally, I want to remind you that if you’re…

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The Top 5 Heart Health Risk Factors You Want to Watch in 2016

…sugar leads to higher insulin levels, and insulin causes inflammation of the blood vessels. In fact, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology have strengthened their focus on the regulation of blood sugar. To lower your blood sugar, it’s important to lose excess weight, restrict…

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What Are the Fish Oil Benefits for Women?

…years, I've been informing people about fish oil benefits and other natural sources of omega-3s. These benefits include: * Reducing silent inflammation; * Lowering C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood; * Preventing sudden death and all causes of mortality, including cancer; * Easing depression; * Stabilizing…

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Diabetes and Heart Disease

…resistant to insulin, it increases inflammation in your entire body, including your heart. So heart disease can actually start during the pre-diabetes stage known as “insulin resistance.” Again, regular blood sugar testing is your best defense. * Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can cause diabetes…

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Is Taking a MacStatin a "Holistic" Approach?

Researchers at the Imperial College in London figured out—after massaging various statistical logarithms—that taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug with a fast food meal could “be expected to neutralize the increased relative risk for cardiovascular disease associated with the regular consumption…

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The Side Effects & Symptoms of Statin Medications

As many of you know, I firmly believe cholesterol lowering statin medications are over prescribed. In my opinion, the only people who should be on a statin drug are middle-aged males with coronary artery disease. That group has the most to gain. But for most people, the long list of side effects of…

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