Most researchers will tell you that cholesterol plays an important part in heart disease. While that is true it is also interesting to note however, that 80% of the people who have heart disease have the same total cholesterol levels as those who don’t have the disease. It turns out that the average LDL cholesterol of all the people who have a heart attacks is 150. These are the statistic that come from the Framingham study, which is one of the most extensive study regarding cardiovascular disease ever done. This study has tracked thousands of men and women over a period of years beginning in 1948. So we have to ask , if cholesterol is the major player in heart disease why do so many people with so-called normal cholesterol levels still getting heart disease.
Well as it turns out cholesterol is only a part of the story. When your physician speaks about Cholesterol he is really talking about a lot more than just cholesterol. Cholesterol is a lipid or fat that is always bound up with protein. Cholesterol is an amalgam of both fat and protein with varying amounts of triglycerides thrown into the mix. As you have already heard before there is good cholesterol and there is so-called bad cholesterol. It is the so-called bad cholesterol, low density lipoproteins that are carriers of proteins that attach themselves to the walls of your arteries. It is the lipoprotein A particle of cholesterol that is biologically adhesive and that attaches itself to the walls of arteries. It is this particle that is believed to be causing the damage. If you have normal cholesterol readings and yet your lipoprotein A is abnormally high then your risk for heart disease is increased.
We now know that there are more than seven types of LDL particles in your cholesterol that can be differentiated depending on the method used to identify them. While lipoprotein A is a damaging part of cholesterol it does not compare however to the damage done by oxidized cholesterol particles. Oxidation is the same process that can be seen when iron rust. Oxidize cholesterol magnifies its ability to accumulate and destroy An oxidized LDL particle that slips into the lining of the arterial wall is destined to become an atherosclerotic lesion. When oxidized LDL particles interact with the lining of your arteries it mutilates endothelial cells. The endothelial cells are the cells that line the interior of your arteries. Where -ever these cells are killed off gaps form and foam cells rush end to fill the void. Scavenger cells too are killed off by oxidized particles dumping caustic chemicals which produce more damage to the arterial wall. These oxidize particles continue to create and grow atherosclerotic lesions which begins to resemble an open wound.. It is estimated that oxidized cholesterol is 30 times more potent in growing cholesterol plaque than triglycerides.
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Now that we have an idea with regard to the problem what can we do about it? The answer really lies, I believe in the process. Unless there is some type of genetic malfunction going on, the body is producing cholesterol and it’s particles for a reason. The underlying reason I believe the body is producing cholesterol is to repair damage of artery walls brought on partly oxidation. So what causes oxidation? While oxidation is a process of life, there are conditions that exacerbate the process. Some of these conditions are brought on by the poor choices we make such as; poor diet, pollution, drugs, radiation, stress, injury, aging and infection. Eating a diet in foods that have high anti-oxidant properties would be the first step in really getting to underlying cause of cardiovascular disease. Second I believe would be, taking a heart healthy suppplement with anti-oxidants like, grape seed extract, Vitamin C, Co Enzyme Q10 and many more. If you reduce oxidation in your body, then your body will do what it is designed to do, take care of you. However your body will only take care of you if you give it what it needs.