Cholesterol and Statins


High cholesterol levels promote the growth of obstructive plaques in the coronary arteries. There is a direct relation between cholesterol levels & growth of plaques.

Highly elevated cholesterol levels increase the probability of having a heart attack, with the highest levels having the highest risks. So, elevated cholesterol levels (280 mg/dL or greater) should be avoided at all costs.

Cholesterol is one of our body’s natural defense mechanisms against various toxins.

The higher the toxin load, the higher the cholesterol level increases to neutralize the increased oxidative stress from those toxins. Heart disease is aggravated as the cholesterol levels rise.

But the point is not to work on increased cholesterol only, because you need to lower the toxin presence as well. Otherwise, you’ll have more un-neutralized toxins in blood and body, causing increased oxidative stress and damage.

What should you work on?

What you need to work on is to identify your toxin sources, eliminate the sources, and take antioxidants to neutralize the toxins’ pro-oxidant effects. If this gets worked on, cholesterol levels will return to normal all by themselves, without the need to take drugs like statins.

When you get treatment only with statins and no attempt is made to lower toxin exposure or to neutralize existing toxins with antioxidants like vitamin C, the chances of cancer dramatically rise.

The lower your cholesterol levels go without changing the underlying toxin presence, the greater are the chances of cancer.

In a 2013 study, it has been proved that long-term statin use is associated with increased risk of two different types of breast cancer. This is completely consistent with the long-established link between cancer & low cholesterol.

Multiple studies have conclusively shown that cancer risk increases as cholesterol level decreases, whether from drugs or severe dietary restriction, if the toxin exposure is there.

What should be the ideal Cholesterol level?

As a general guideline, when toxin exposures are properly addressed with an antioxidant rich diet, most people will end up with a “normal” cholesterol level between 160 & 220 mg/dL, however it should not go below 150 mg/dL especially in the chronic pattern.

The low cholesterol levels resulting from very strict diet patterns are probably the biggest downside of such a way of eating. Nathan Pritikin the father of the Pritikin diet, was diagnosed with heart disease at the age of 41. His cholesterol level was over 300 mg/dL and after following his own rigid diet, he lowered it to 120 mg/dL. However, he got diagnosed with two different kinds of leukemia, and he committed suicide many years later.

When his autopsy was conducted, he had notably healthy and clean coronary arteries. So, cholesterol definitely accelerates heart disease & lowering it does help to recover from heart disease. However, drugs should not be taken as the only solution to deal with elevated levels. The reason being that this method would leave endogenous toxins unaddressed.

Should Statins Be Never Taken to lower Cholesterol?

Yes and no. If your level is above 300 mg/dL and you don’t address your toxins, you will probably live longer taking a statin & getting your cholesterol back into the mid-200 range.

But the toxins will still be putting pressure. The chances of contracting & aggravating any of a wide variety of conditions, including cancer, will be increased. And with statins, be prepared to deal with the many possible side effects, including, but not limited to, muscle pain & damage, liver damage, digestive problems, rashes, high blood sugar that could lead to diabetes & a variety of neurological problems, including memory loss & confusion.

How to avoid statins?

Apart from eating a balanced diet, one must think seriously about the daily antioxidant requirements while making food choices. A good doses of vitamin C along with a wide variety of other quality antioxidants should be taken on daily basis.

FAQs(Frequently Asked Questions)

Is garlic better than statins?

Garlic shows a good statin like action, however it is not powerful enough to replace statins. It can be useful as an adjunct treatment in managing high cholesterol.

Who needs to take statins?

High cholesterol (LDL above 190 mg/dL) which exercise and diet changes couldn’t reduce.
Had a stroke, heart attack or peripheral artery disease.
Have diabetes & an LDL of at least 70 mg/dL and are 40 to 75 years age.

How do statins work?

Statins lower cholesterol levels by the inhibition of HMG-CoA reductase. 

My name is Amanpreet Kaur Samra. M.S. Biochemistry. I'm the founder and writer of this blog. I have been teaching Biochemistry for a good number of years. I started this blog because I have always been very passionate about writing, in particular about Nutrition and Healthy Weight Loss.

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