The nature of the problem is elevated low density lipoprotein (LDL Cholesterol) is not the cause of heart disease. The real cause is arterial lesions, which are injuries to the inner lining of the arterial walls. These injuries are created to the largest extent by elevated blood homocysteine levels. This results from diets high in refined foods that are filled with sugar and flour. Such a diet lacks sufficient folic acid, as well as vitamins B-6 and B-12, which are needed to prevent the creation of homocysteine.
When this problem occurs and there is not enough HDL to protect the arteries, elevated LDL causes these arterial lesions to grow into dangerous plaques by filling them with triglycerides (fat) and cholesterol particles. These plaques reduce blood flow to the heart, as well as to other organs and tissues, this is known medically as ischemia. Large plaques can break loose and form clots resulting in heat attacks and strokes.
Therefore, obtaining and maintaining healthy ratios of the lipoproteins is an important factor in creating a healthy heart.
Why Drugs are not the Solution:
Sounds good doesn’t it? Got a problem, just take a drug and fix it. Unfortunately human biochemistry is so complex that it is actually very rare for a drug to be able to work within this complexity without eventually making things even worse. This is the case with the drugs that have been designed to lower cholesterol.
The latest, and supposedly the greatest, are what are known as the Statin class of drugs. They work by blocking HMG - CoA reductase, which is one of the key enzymes in the liver makes less LDL and in time the blood level of LDL goes down.
One of the problems with this approach is that it does nothing to raise the HDL, the lipoprotein you need to protect your heart by reducing the size of the plaques. This means you are still vulnerable to having a heart attack or stroke, and this is why the ads for these drugs state that taking drugs may not reduce your risk of death or of having a heart attack.
The Importance of CO Q-10 to the Heart:
Worse still is the fact that these drugs also appear to interfere with other absolutely essential enzymes that your body needs in order to be healthy. One of these is Co-enzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10), which is vital to every cell of your body in the energy creation process. It is absolutely essential in order for your cells to burn fat for energy.
Several studies have shown that the statin drugs’ interfere with the body’s ability to utilize Co Enzyme Q-10 it led to a “stunning” of the heart.
Stunning of the heart occurs when there is not sufficient ATP production, the main source of energy which ultimately leads to a weakening of the heart and congestive heart failure. It appears that the longer you take these drugs, the more deficient your body becomes in its ability to utilize CoQ-10. Since CoQ-10 is required by the cell’s mitochondria to burn fat for energy, the longer you take stain drugs, the more the ability of your cells to burn fat for energy, may be reduced. Besides the worry of developing congestive heart failure, you would also notice a significant drop in your energy levels and your body may begin storing larger and larger amounts of body fat.
In every animal studied it has been found that regardless of the age of the animal, when tissues levels of CoQ-10 drop below 25% of what they were when they were young they die.
This makes it abundantly clear that CoQ-10 is vital to your health and you don’t want to take anything into your body that will reduce the amount you have.
The fastest growing heart health problem in this nation today is the growing epidemic of congestive heart failure. While it is true there are several possible causes for the condition, it is also true that the epidemic growth of this condition coincides directly with the growing use of statin class of cholesterol lowering drugs.
You will also notice that the ads for these cholesterol lowering statin drugs warn that “there is a strong possibility they can cause serious and permanent damage to the liver and or the kidneys”. This is so critical that if you take these drugs, you must be carefully monitored by a doctor, with regular blood tests to determine if damage to the liver or kidneys has begun. Then the use of the drug can be halted, hopefully before the damage is permanent or fatal.
In spite of all the dangers associated with the use of these drugs, the evidence that they prevent heart attacks or save lives is so weak that most of their advertisements state that taking these drugs provides no assurances that it will prevent a heart attack or death.
Policosanol - A Life Saving Nutrient
As you have read earlier, one of the biggest contributors to the development of oxidized LDL and the development of heart disease lies in the huge amount of sugar and starches consumed in the average diet. It’s very ironic to consider that while simple sugar or sucrose has such a devastating impact on your heart health, scientists have been able to isolate a nutrient called policosanol from sugar cane that provides dramatic benefit to your heart and can even reverse existing heart disease, lower high blood pressure and lower LDL while raising HDL!
The First Cosanol Breakthrough
As research scientists around the world have studied the effect of using policosanol as a nutrient they have been amazed at the extremely wide range of dramatic improvements it has produced in a great many conditions. Since 1994 when large enough quantities of policosanol became available to allow scientist to study it, literally dozens of studies have been performed. Sixty published medical and scientific abstracts on the results of the nutritional use of policosanol are in the archives of the U.S. government National Library of Medicine. Listed below is a brief list of some of the amazing results these studies on policosanol have revealed: No doubt as you read through this list you will spot several benefits from this amazing nutrient you would really love to experience for yourself. This powerful nutrient’s ability to protect the arteries and prevent heart attacks and strokes by assisting the body in normalizing cholesterol, reducing the number and size of arterial injuries and plaques, reducing platelets from abnormal clumping that cause blood clots, reducing elevated blood pressure and improving blood circulation.
Policosanol Does not Work Like a Statin Drugs Do:
Policosanol works entirely different that statin drugs. First, Policosanol does not interfere with your cells ability to create energy by utilizing important Co Enzyme Q-10. Second, Policosanol is used by your own body to control the conversion of fats to triglycerides which ultimately lowers the development of excessive LDL Lipoproteins (cholesterol), Third, policosanol actually increases your body’s ability to take up LDL and burn it for energy. Fourth, policosanol provides additional protection for your arteries from injury. Fifth, policosanol protects LDL from oxidation. Sixth, policosanol reduces platelet aggression-the development of blood clots. Seventh, policosanol is a safe all natural and non toxic nutrient. Even at doses that were hundreds of times the recommended dose. Policosanol had shown no signs of toxicity.