Cholesterol is a much debated topic in the medical community. Cardiologists and Big Pharma (big pharmaceutical companies) will tell you that lowering your cholesterol keeps your heart healthy. This is why cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are the leading drug category in terms of sales.
But Dr. Joseph Mercola warns: drastically lowering your cholesterol levels will increase your risk of dying!
Your body needs cholesterol in the same way that it needs air and water. Cholesterol is found in every cell of your body and is involved in important processes, including the production of bile acids, cell membranes, hormones, and vitamin D, Dr. Mercola explains.
Statins sell because of the fear that cholesterol increases your risk of suffering a heart attack. But not only is this treatment ineffective, it is also dangerous.
Lowering cholesterol does not address chronic inflammation–one of the root causes of heart disease and many other diseases.
Inflammation is your body’s response to foreign threats. For example, if you suffer damage to your arteries, inflammation causes your blood vessels to constrict and your blood to thicken. The damage you sustain is patched by a protective scar known as plaque.
Your liver makes more cholesterol to replace the damaged cells during inflammation because your cells cannot form without cholesterol. The plaque, the thickening of your blood, and constricting of your blood vessels, is what increases your risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks, NOT cholesterol, Dr. Mercola points out.
There are no studies showing that cholesterol can damage blood vessels and cause plaque and heart attacks. In animals, cholesterol must be artificially increased to levels never observed in humans before it can damage an otherwise healthy blood vessel.
Statin side effects are also more dangerous than high cholesterol. Statins inhibit the production of cholesterol supposedly to help you have a healthier heart. But ironically, what Big Pharma doesn’t tell you is that these drugs deplete your body’s supply of CoQ10 (CoEnzyme Q10), which provides energy to your heart.
Using statin drugs to lower cholesterol will not help you reduce your risk of heart disease. Read Dr. Mercola’s latest cholesterol article to get more detailed information and learn the eight steps to naturally lower your cholesterol.