Cholesterol plays a key role in regulating proteins involved in cell signaling and may be important to many other cell processes, an international team of researchers reported in Nature Communications.
Last year, cardiologist Stephen Sinatra and I came together to write a book, The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease and the Statin-Free Plan That Will.Trying to prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol is like trying to prevent obesity by cutting out lettuce. Surprised? Read on.By Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, aka “The Rogue Nutritionist”
Editor’s note: Recently our sister journal, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine (ATHM), convened a roundtable discussion featuring four leaders in complementary medicine. Stephen Sinatra, MD, is America’s top integrative cardiologist and a best-selling author.What does the science say?By Adam Swenson
The actual relationship between cholesterol and heart disease is complex, a moving target.Uncovering the true lurking killer behind heart diseaseBy Adam Swenson
Eating an apple a day might in fact help keep the cardiologist away, new research suggests. In a study of healthy, middle-aged adults, consumption of one apple a day for four weeks lowered blood levels of a substance linked to hardening of the arteries by 40 percent. Taking capsules containing polyphenols—of the type found in apples—had a similar but less potent effect.
The potential cardiovascular benefits of the blueberry may be related to berries’ anthocyanins interacting with bile acids to promote cholesterol reduction, suggests data from a study with hamsters.
I’m going to tell you a secret—something that the smartest, most cutting-edge health professionals already know and talk about amongst themselves. This information isn’t widely known or accepted yet, but it will be, at which point we will all shake our heads, look back, and say, “What were we thinking?”
Get ready to be shocked.Get ready to be shocked: high cholesterol doesn't cause heart disease.By Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS
I have a personal triumph story to share, and I hope it inspires you when you think that your genes define you.
Every 20 seconds, your blood completes a cycle through more than 60,000 miles of blood vessels (arteries, veins, and capillaries), circulating through every tissue and organ in your body. At the center of this vital process beats the powerhouse that is your heart.Win the battle with heart disease by knowing your risks and taking responsibility for your condition.By Larry Trivieri JR.
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