The tendency of using statins-cholesterol-lowering drugs is popular among millions of people around the world. These drugs are regularly prescribed against heart attack, stroke, inflammation, and other health issues. Although these drugs are commonly used and are considered as effective, they failed to prevent heart attack and stroke. The worst thing is that they are related to a number of health problems including cancer.
According to Justin Smith and the recent documentary film $29 Billion Reasons to Lie about Cholesterol, the percentage of men between 65 and 75 years with ‘high’ cholesterol decreased from 87% to 54% between 1994 and 2006.
Besides this, the rate of coronary heart disease for this group was not changed. When talking about other age groups, they have experienced an increase in the rate of heart disease while there was a reduction in the number of people with ‘high’ cholesterol.
Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Cause Cancer
Many studies showed that there is a relation between these cholesterol-lowering drugs and cancer.
A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1996 showed that all members of the lipid-lowering drugs (the fibrates and the statins) cause cancer in rodents. In the case of humans, there are needed more clinical trials in order to determine whether cholesterol-lowering drugs can cause cancer. According to the results, lipid-lowering drug treatment, particularly those with statins and fibrates need to be avoided except in patients at high short-term risk of coronary heart disease.
Additionally, the journal Prostate published a study in 2011 which showed that men who use statin drugs of any kinds have increased risk of developing prostate cancer. Actually, compared to men who have never used a statin drug, people who take statin drugs have 86% higher risk of developing prostate cancer.
More Reasons to Avoid Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs
- Statins increase the risk of chronic disease
- Cholesterol-lowering drugs can destroy memory
- Cholesterol-lowering drugs have been related to more than 300 side effects including anemia, chronic fatigue, thyroid disruption, neuropathy, and diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
- Statins drugs can increase insulin levels which cause inflammation
- Statins deplete your body of CoQ10. If you use statin drugs without taking CoQ10, you should know that you can damage your health
- Cholesterol-lowering drugs cut testosterone rates among men
You should know that cholesterol does not cause heart disease and it is critical for many vital body functions. Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a board certified cardiologist and an eminent expert in the field of natural cardiology, explains that cholesterol is something that our body needs. A study which lasted 13 years and included more than 180,000 men showed that men with cholesterol of 330 had a less hemorrhagic stroke compared to men with cholesterol less than 180.
We need cholesterol in our skin in order to activate vitamin D3 from sunlight and for our adrenal and sex hormones as well as for lubrication and for neurotransmitter function in the brain. When LDL is too low, many patients can develop Alzheimer’s and memory problems, or even complete global amnesia.
How to Lower “Bad” Cholesterol Naturally
Fortunately, there are some ways which can lower your cholesterol. Despite having a healthy diet and exercise regularly, make sure to add these ingredients to your daily diet routine:
A number of studies proved that cinnamon can lower the LDL cholesterol, blood sugar, and triglycerides. Taking ¼ teaspoon or 1g of cinnamon has the ability to reduce LDL cholesterol by 7-27 %, total cholesterol by 12-26%, blood sugar by 18-29%, and triglycerides by 23-30%.
Avocados are a great source of monounsaturated fat which is extremely healthy for the heart.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
The Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin, conducted a study in 1989 which proved the effectiveness of Lemongrass for lowering the serum cholesterol levels.
Source: Best Healthy Guide