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The benefits of lowering cholesterol often preached to an extreme when people visit their cardiologists.  Unfortunately, the importance of cholesterol and it’s critical functions in the human body tend to be dismissed and ignored.  This video breaks down why demonizing high cholesterol is a huge health mistake…

Does Going Gluten Free Help Lower Cholesterol?

Many patients with gluten sensitivity also have high levels.  In my clinical experience, I have seen high this compound drop by as much as 100 points with gluten free diet implementation.  It is common to see improvement in small LDL subtypes of cholesterol levels after implementing a gluten free diet.  If you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol and your doctor is trying to put you on a medication to reduce it, going gluten free may just do the trick.

Benefits of Cholesterol

  • Carries vitamins through the blood stream and into your tissues.
  • Allows the brain to form nerve synapses. Lack of synapse formation leads to brain degradation, brain fog, memory issues, and more.
  • Cholesterol produces sex steroid hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
  • Cholesterol helps fight infection (virus and bacterial).
  • It is a precursor to vitamin D
  • Low levels can contribute to muscle loss and weakness
  • It forms the nutrient CoQ10 which is necessary for the body to produce energy.

Why Are We So Focused on Lowering It?

Most doctors are hyper focused and evaluating cholesterol levels. The reality of the matter is that lowering cholesterol hasn’t worked to reduce deaths from heart disease. That being the case, is taking the medication to lower it worth the risk? Remember that statin drugs induce muscle loss, muscle pain, nutritional deficiencies, and cause liver damage.

Solution Worse Than The Problem –

Seems with all of the negative consequences of the medications, the smart question to ask is – “is it worth it?” What ever happened to first do no harm?

The Harmful Effects – Vitamin D deficiency causes heart disease, high blood pressure, muscle atrophy, autoimmune disease, and cancer. CoQ10 deficiency causes high blood pressure, muscle loss, congestive heart failure, and dementia. Hormone deficiencies lead to hair loss, low libido, accelerated aging, and more. Is lowering this molecule with artificial drugs worth all of that?

Commonly Reported Side Effects – Muscle weakness, muscle pain, muscle loss, liver damage, digestive issues, skin rashes, and nerve damage (neuropathy). A recent research study found that using statin drugs (the most commonly prescribed cholesterol lowering therapy) actually led to a decrease in heart muscle function. Another recent study found that statin drugs increase the risk for stroke.

If you have elevated levels of this natural chemical, this article is a must read before considering the use of medication. Once you finish that article, read this one.

All the best,

Dr. Osborne – The Gluten Free Warrior

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