Naturally Lowering Cholesterol:
Is it Advisable?
If naturally lowering cholesterol is possible, a better question to ask might be, is it desirable? It's quite likely that cholesterol is one of the most misunderstood health concepts in America, starting with the conventional medical establishment.
Cholesterol levels are crucial for healthy men and women. According to the research of Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD, people with high cholesterol levels live longer. They enjoy increased protection against infection, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.
In one study of heart disease patients, "the researchers found that mortality was higher ... in the patients with the lowest lipid values, including total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and HDL-cholesterol as well as triglycerides." (From "The Benefits of High Cholesterol" by Uffe Ravnskov, published in the journal Wise Traditions.)
Furthermore, cholesterol is critical for womens natural health.
In order to produce estrogen and progesterone as required for the reproductive cycle, the body needs adequate amounts of cholesterol, because all the sex hormones are made from this vital substance. For this reason alone vegetarian diets for women are unwise as vegetarian diets will lower cholesterol.
~Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, PhD in Wise Choices, Healthy Bodies:
Diet for the Prevention of Women's Diseases
Did you know that cholesterol-lowering drugs, or statins, can actually harm you? Statin drugs work by inhibiting an enzyme needed to make cholesterol in your body. However, the enzyme blocked by statins is also needed for other functions. According to natural health sources, cholesterol-lowering drugs are thought to cause muscle pain and weakness, heart failure, dizziness and even cancer.
More research is needed, but there are many, many negative side effects to cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Yes, naturally lowering cholesterol is possible--simply by cutting good fats like butter and animal products out of one's diet and eating a more vegetarian menu. However, your health will suffer from this. Adequate and even "high" cholesterol levels are good signs. Don't forget ... even your brain needs lipids to function.
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