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Cholesterol has been demonized and statin drugs (Zocor, Crestor, Lipitor, Baycol, Mevacor or Altocor, Pravachol, Lescol, Livalo) have been touted as miracle drugs for lowering cholesterol, yet as we’ve seen use of statins increase we’ve seen heart disease as well as diabetes increase. Obviously, something’s wrong with the theory that statins are beneficial.
Unfortunately, entrenched interests, pharmaceutical companies who hold the patents and manufacture statin drugs and doctors who profit from dispensing these drugs won’t let it go without a fight.
A Turkish team found that olive leaf extract was as effective as a common statin called atorvastatin in lowering cholesterol in rats fed a cholesterol-enriched diet. The findings suggest this natural remedy could be an alternative to statins and other drugs in improving lipid levels in cases of high cholesterol.
There is no doubt that eating high quality fish is generally good for your health. Over the years research has supported the benefits for cardiovascular health of consuming a great deal of fish. Fish is also a great part of a low calorie diet which can help with weight control. Recent research has shown that eating fish increases good cholesterol levels.
On a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz discusses with viewers the importance of knowing what your LDL cholesterol number is and shows viewers a simple way to test their number and how to lower it. But is this good advice? And does his test tell you whether you have the small particle or large particle LDL as reported in an earlier Dr. Oz episode?