If Not Cholesterol Then What?

This is the second article on my cholesterol series

Since the statin promoters have admitted that, and scientific data has backed up that inflammation, not elevated cholesterol, is the cause of atherosclerosis let’s look at how this occurs and ways to reduce inflammation in our bodies ( and our blood vessels) rather than using a statin drug.

The most abundant oxidized fat in these atherosclerotic vessels is not cholesterol, it is omega-6 fat. What most people do not realize is we eat a ton of oxidized fats. Diets high in polyunsaturated fats are high in oxidized fats. Most American diets are high in Omega-6 fats; corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut, and soybean oils. Canola oil contains both omega-3 and omega-6 fats. When all of these oils are heated they all become oxidized fats. Oils are also used in prepared foods, especially baked foods. They are all high in oxidized fats.      

These oxidized fats in the body cause an inflammation response which causes the immune system to send its immune cells to clean up the harmful fats. This response however increases the number of free radicals and lipid peroxidation products (LPPs). This increase in free radicals and LPPs then oxidize the fats in the walls of the blood vessels. These oxidized fats then trigger a further inflammation response which causes the immune system to send its immune cells to clean up the harmful fats and the cycle continues until you have atherosclerosis.    

In addition to the Omega-6 fasts in our diets we are also exposed to tons of food additives like MSG and chemical preservatives every year. These excitotoxins also reduce the protective antioxidant enzymes in the arteries. This reduction in protective enzymes is also consistently found in atherosclerosis.     

Most chronic diseases and conditions are associated with chronic inflammation including:

  • Type 2 diabetes  Metabolic Syndrome 
  • Chronic Arthritis
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Infectious diseases 
  • Abdominal Belly Fat 
  • Aging
Most doctors know that there are better and safer ways to reduce inflammation but are not aware of the connection between cardiovascular events and the inflammation process.   

Keith Abell, RPh CIP MI  

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