The cholesterol danger in every cup

I never skip my yearly checkup. In fact, the day I walk out of my physical is the day I put my next one on my calendar, in large part because I’m a fanatic about watching my cholesterol levels.

If you don’t know me or haven’t read much from me, this might sound extreme. However, the truth is that heart disease runs so rampant in my family — leading to bypasses, heart attacks and death — that being vigilant has to come with the territory.

As you probably know, one of the biggest indicators that you’re at risk for heart disease is problems with your cholesterol (known by doctors as dyslipidemia). It’s a problem that affects roughly half of American adults!

You’re at high risk for joining those ranks if you:

  • Smoke
  • Have diabetes
  • Are obese
  • Don’t exercise
  • Are older

A new study is showing that there’s one more factor that you need to be aware of that could be increasing your chances of ending up with dyslipidemia and the heart disease that comes with it. It’s something you could be drinking on a daily basis.

Low good cholesterol and high triglycerides

The study, led by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, analyzed data from more than 5,900 people and compared changes in blood cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations between exams.

This analysis was no flash in the pan. It was part of the Framingham Heart Study, which has monitored multiple generations to identify contributors to heart disease. In fact, each participant was followed for approximately 12 years, with cholesterol tests at four-year intervals.

What were the researchers looking for with this part of the study?

How different types of beverages affect your cholesterol levels and by how much.

And it’s a good thing that the Tufts team decided to follow this line of research because they discovered a big offender…

Sugary drinks.

Yes, the researchers found that people who drank at least one sugary beverage a day had a frightening 98 percent higher chance of developing low HDL (good) cholesterol — that’s the kind that actually protects your heart. They also had a full 53 percent higher chance of developing high triglycerides, the compounds that harden your arteries and lead to inflammation.

Basically, any drink with added sugar, such as soda, lemonade or fruit punch was a problem.

When asked about the results of the study, first author Danielle Haslam put it this way, “Our findings contribute to the mounting evidence that sugary drinks should be avoided to help maintain long-term health.”

What would they suggest? Water.

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Drinking for a healthier heart

If you want to stay heart-healthy, clearly those sugar-laden beverages are your enemy and you should avoid them in favor of the researchers’ recommendations of water, water and more water.

But how about adding some cholesterol-lowering tea bags?

Numerous teas (minus the sugar) have been researched and found to help lower cholesterol levels, among many other health benefits.

Here are two of my favorites:

Ginger tea: A study conducted at Babol University of Medical Sciences in Iran found that ginger was able to significantly reduce LDL cholesterol and raise HDL levels, compared to a placebo. And an animal study showed that ginger was almost as effective as the cholesterol medication atorvastatin in improving cholesterol levels.

Green tea: A recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association points to green tea’s ability to keep cholesterol under control as well.

Chinese researchers followed 80,182 men and women for a period of six years to determine if drinking green tea benefited HDL cholesterol levels. After accounting for other lifestyle factors such as exercise, diet, drinking and smoking, researchers concluded that drinking green tea slowed down the natural decrease in HDL cholesterol levels, especially in people who drank tea more often.

Of course, I wouldn’t be caught without nutritional supplements, like the ones found in Peak Cardio Platinumincluding:

  • Vitamin K2 — K2 acts as a shuttle service to move out excess calcium so that it doesn’t end up deposited in the walls of your blood vessels, making them stiff and inflexible.
  • Nitrosigine® — This combination of L-Arginine and Arginine Silicate increases the amount of nitric oxide (N-O) in your blood vessels, helping them relax to support healthy blood pressure.
  • NSK-SD® Nattokinase — This powerhouse supports one of your body’s most important natural processes — the dissolution of the fibrin found in clots — to help keep your circulation smooth.
  • CoQ10 — This antioxidant helps power your heart cells, normalize blood pressure and reduce free radicals which can damage your heart and blood vessels.

Keeping your heart healthy is one of the fastest paths to a long life. And the most important step is to stop putting health-damaging substances into your body and replace them with healing foods and nutrients.

Editor’s note: While you’re doing all the right things to protect your brain as you age, make sure you don’t make the mistake 38 million Americans do every day — by taking a drug that robs them of an essential brain nutrient! Click here to discover the truth about the Cholesterol Super-Brain!

Sources:

  1. High Cholesterol-Symptoms — Mayo Clinic
  2. Sugary drinks a sour choice for adults trying to maintain normal cholesterol levels — EurekaAlert
  3. 4 teas that naturally balance cholesterol — Easy Health Options
  4. Triglycerides: What do they matter? — Mayo Clinic

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Virginia Tims-Lawson

By Virginia Tims-Lawson

Virginia Tims-Lawson has dedicated her life to researching and studying natural health after her mother had a stroke that left her blind in one eye at the age of 47, and her grandmother and two great uncles died from heart attacks. Spurred by her family history, Virginia’s passion to improve her and her family’s health through alternative practices, nutrients and supplements has become a mission she shares through her writing. She is the founder and Chief Research officer for Peak Pure & Natural.