Is there a better way to control cholesterol?
The presence of cholesterol in the blood vessels is a major factor in the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which lays the foundation for heart attacks, strokes and peripheral vascular disease.
Cholesterol enters the blood stream from cholesterol-containing food and from cholesterol manufactured by the liver. It is essential for several body functions, but when present in too large an amount, it leads to blood vessel disease and death.
For a few people, genetics plays a role in the body’s production of an excess amount of cholesterol and to keep it under control, one of the statin drugs is suitable treatment. Even though statins have undesirable and dangerous side effects, millions of people are taking them every day.
There is a better and safer way, and it involves changes in lifestyle. Exercise and proper diet provide the best solution to the cholesterol problem. Everyone who can possibly do so should exercise at least 20 minutes a day for five days each week.
The diet that controls cholesterol is a totally vegetarian one, frequently called the “vegan” diet. It consists of a wide variety of unrefined products from the soil with the omission of all foods from animal sources.
A leading researcher stated, years ago, that he had never seen a person with a cholesterol of 150 have a heart attack, and most people on this diet have this or an even lower level. This method of controlling cholesterol is much more economical and has no side effects.