A Healthier Diet Eliminates The Use of Statins

If you want any more proof that statins are completely unneccessary, Canadian researchers have found a diet rich in fiber and vegetables lowered LDL cholesterol about as much as taking a drug. While I have a problem with some of their recommendations, I heartily applaud their work.

Scientists created a special diet plan high in soy protein, almonds, and cereal fiber as well as plant sterols -- tree-based compounds used in cholesterol-lowering margarines, salad dressing and other products -- and tested it on 34 overweight men and women, comparing it with a low-fat diet and a normal diet plus lovastatin, a generic statin drug. Every volunteer tried each diet plan for a month, sandwiched in between breaks.

Lower LDL by the numbers:

  • The low-fat diet: 8.5 percent.
  • Stains plus an average diet: 33 percent.
  • The special diet plan devised by researchers: about 30 percent.

Folks, the bottom line is that statin drugs are truly dangerous. So much so, that attempts to change any of them to over-the-counter status have failed.

That said, I can't recommend soy protein or cereal, both of which can be as hurtful to your overall health.

Treating high cholesterol is one of the absolute easiest things to do in natural medicine. Avoiding grains and sugars, exercising and eating a metabolically-appropriate diet are the keys to normalizing cholesterol in all but one or two people out of 1,000 who have a genetic problem with LDL.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 81, No. 2, 380-387, February 2005

Yahoo News February 8, 2005

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