Hello 'mrcoggins' & Welcome to the Forum,
Cholesterol is NOT the problem. It's 'inflammation' inside the blood
Below is Dr Graveline's list for "Statin Alternatives".
These items reduce and prevent inflammation and have the same
anti-inflammatory affect as 20 mg's of Lipitor (atorvastatin), without
side effects. (i.e. anti-oxidant, reduce platelet stickiness, controls
* buffered aspirin - 81 mg (contains beneficial magnesium)
* CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) - 100 to 150 mg (Gelcaps - NOT powdered) with small amount of Vitamin E)
** Folic Acid - 400 to 800 mcg
** B6 - 80 to 100 mg
** B12 - 200 to 250 mcg
** All 3 of the B Vitamins above control Homocysteine
~ OR ~
Take a B Complex or multi-vitamin that contains these B Vitamin amounts
* Omega 3 (fish oil, cod liver oil or krill oil) [ There is no upper limit]
Vitamin C is also a good addition.
If you're aspirin sensitive, grape seed extract also reduces platelet
The problem is not even elevated LDL cholesterol, it's when LDL
becomes "oxidized". Basically, our body's reaction to inflammation.
Excerpt from an article by Dr Malcolm Kendrick: LDL (Oxidized LDL):
" This is a complex pathway. When platelets start to stick together,
they release free radicals. "Free radicals" oxidize LDL. Oxidized LDL
is a powerful blood clotting factor. LDL is also incorporated into the
blood clot as it forms, and provides a `lipid' surface (along with
VLDL) for the construction of fibrin. Fibrin is the hugely strong
protein strand that binds a clot together and makes it `tough.' "
When you get a chance, read the complete article titled,
"Is Heart Disease All Due to Blood Clots?"
Things that create "free radicals" and oxidized LDL...
* high blood sugar levels (diabetes)
Risk factors that damage the "endothelium" include elevated levels
* blood sugar
* insulin (insulin resistance)
* cortisol (stress hormones caused by insulin resistance)
* deficiency in some vitamins, such as C and the B's
If you have high triglycerides, cut way back on carbs, especially the
white foods: sugar (biggest offender), flour, bread, rice, potato.
Replace with whole grains: buckwheat, spelt, oat & coconut flours;
sprouted grain breads, wild and brown rice, whole grain pastas;