A Canadian study has found that certain foods are better at decreasing bad cholesterol than cholesterol lowering statin drugs, and diets high in saturated fats.
This article puts it nicely, “what you eat may be more important than what you don’t eat”.
It found levels of LDL, the bad cholesterol, could be dropped by as much as 50% of levels found in patients taking statin drugs such as Crestor, Lipitor, and Zocor.
So you know what I think without me even saying it. The issue with statin drugs is the fact that it is a drug. It is something we created, in a lab, and it does have side effects. One of the issues with statin drugs are that they can interfere with your body’s ability to create ATP, the energy source your body uses to do work (picture ATP as tiny dollar bills your cells are paid to do work). If you don’t have ATP your cells don’t work properly. If your cells don’t work properly, your body doesn’t work properly.
Now this doesn’t mean that you should change your diet tomorrow, flush your drugs down the toilet, and head out whistling and kicking your heels in the air as you walk into the sunset. Depending on where you are health wise, just thinking about trying to kick those heels, might be enough to… let’s just not even go there. What this does mean is that you should start working to change that diet and speak to your physician about dropping your prescription, eventually getting you to the point that you don’t need the drugs at all. Remember, those drugs may be helping your heart and blood vessels in one way, but are hurting your heart and the rest of your body in another.
The foods that dropped your bad cholesterol included soy protein, nuts, “sticky” fibre like oats and barley, and plant sterols. You can find plant sterols in small quantities in grains, nuts, vegetables, legumes and fruits. Plant sterols are in small quantities so you may want to supplement (Metagenics has a sterol fortified shake that is a good choice) , but as always eating a balanced diet high in vegetables, whole grains, and fruits is a great start. Eating these raw also helps to preserve the plant sterols.
One issue I have with soy is there is question about how healthy it is due to genetic modification and potential cancers due to high estrogen levels. I personally stopped using tofu and soy milk years ago, having replaced it with almond milk.
So remember, it’s not just what you don’t eat, work to get off your meds slowly but surely, and take in as much raw and natural good foods as possible.