Nowadays, Americans are being prescribed cholesterol-reducing medication at an alarming rate. Namely, in 1994, 2 percent of Americans aged 45 were taking statin drugs, whereas in 2011, that percentage rose to 25. These drugs are used to reduce high LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease.
But, a recent scientific review of fourteen studies has shown that statin drugs were not effective at preventing cardiovascular disease.
The Cochrane Collaboration published the results of these studies that included 34,000 people.
The results showed that this drug was not effective as a preventive measure against cardiovascular disease. Plus, it also led to many adverse side effects.
What Are Statins?
Statin drugs block the substance the liver requires to create cholesterol. They also help the body reabsorb plaque stuck inside the arteries to protect against heart attack.
Here Is Why You Should Avoid Taking Statins:
Cholesterol is present in each cell of your body, especially in your brain. Moreover, your liver plays a role in the production of cholesterol, thus keeping you healthy.
When the bad (LDL) cholesterol and good (HDL) cholesterol balance is out of whack, heart disease may occur.
In addition, good (HDL) cholesterol can help your body produce bole, hormones, and vitamin D. Furthermore, it can also help accelerate communication between cells and form cell membranes. It also plays an important role in the maintenance and growth of your brain. Good (HDL) cholesterol can also help clear bad (LDL) cholesterol from your arteries.
However, statin drugs do not just affect bad (LDL) cholesterol, but they also prevent your liver from creating good (HDL) cholesterol.
That’s not all, these cholesterol-reducing drugs can also block a cholesterol-producing enzyme that helps create coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 is a potent antioxidant present in each cell of your body, particularly your heart. It helps nourish and protect your mitochondria, i.e., the tiny structures, which create energy.
Taking This Drug on a Regular Basis May Contribute to the Following Side Effects:
- Gas or bloating
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Flushing of the skin
- Liver, kidney and muscle damage
- Confusion and memory loss
- Sleep problems
- Muscle weakness, aches, or tenderness
- Vomiting or nausea
- High blood sugar levels
- Higher risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s, dementia and hemorrhagic stroke
The Major Culprits of Cardiovascular Disease Include:
Consuming too much sugar is one of the major culprits of heart disease. Specifically, when your liver metabolizes sugar, it actually stores glycogen for a quick source of energy. If you consume too much sugar, the glucose is converted into lipids that remain in your bloodstream as triglycerides and cholesterol. This causes your liver to store fat, thus leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Other culprits of cardiovascular disease include:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease risk factors
- Narrowing of the arteries
- Poor stress management
- Being obese or overweight
- Being physically inactive
- Older age
- Family history of heart disease
Here Is How to Decrease Your LDL (Bad) Cholesterol Naturally:
– Add Cinnamon to Your Diet
Those suffering from type-2 diabetics should consume cinnamon because it helps regulate their cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Research has shown that 1/4 tsp. of true cinnamon could reduce LDL cholesterol, triglyceride, and blood sugar levels by up to 27 percent.
– Include Avocados in Your Daily Diet
The regular consumption of avocados helps reduce LDL cholesterol levels. This does not have a negative impact on HDL cholesterol levels.
Avocados possess a compound that helps relax blood vessels, which is especially useful for those suffering from cardiovascular disease.
– Introduce Lemongrass in Your Daily Routine
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin conducted a study suggesting that lemongrass essential oil could reduce serum cholesterol levels without causing any adverse side effects.