Tasty Fruit Lowers Cholesterol

Dear Health Conscious Reader,

Has your doctor recommended you take a statin (cholesterol-lowering) drug?

In the old days, almost all of my heart patients were on statins. These days, even people who don’t have heart problems are taking them.

Most doctors have good intentions. They prescribe statins as a preventative. This sounds great until you look at just a few of the side effects from taking these drugs:

  • Muscle pain
  • Liver damage
  • Nausea
  • Lowered mental performance
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Cardiomyopathy (deterioration of your heart’s function)

But that’s not all. Statins aggressively deplete your heart of life-giving CoQ10. This leads to even more problems, including congestive heart failure.

This is a serious problem.

Consider this…

“I have seen a frightening increase in heart failure secondary to statin usage … Over the past five years, statins have become more potent, are being prescribed in higher doses, and are being used with reckless abandon in the elderly and in patients with ‘normal’ cholesterol levels.” (Dr. Peter H. Langsjoen, a leading authority on treating heart disease with CoQ10)

99% of the time, statins are unnecessary.

For example, did you know a common, everyday fruit can lower cholesterol just as well?

You probably have it in your kitchen right now.

I’m talking about avocados. This tasty fruit is packed with heart-healthy oleic acid.

In one study, researchers got a group of people with high cholesterol. They put them on a diet high in avocados. The result?

After just one week, the subjects significantly lowered their total cholesterol and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Even more impressive – their HDL increased by 11%.1

This is just one of many natural and powerful alternatives to statins.

Here are three more.

Fish – A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that regularly eating fish or taking fish oil supplements was just as effective at reducing the risk of death from heart attack as statin drugs.2 Wild-caught salmon is best. It doesn’t have all the pollutants found in farm-raised fish. It’s also high in omega-3s. Or you can supplement. I recommend anywhere from 700 to 2,000 mg per day.

Ginger – This amazing blood thinner is also effective at lowering total cholesterol. In one study, researchers gave mice with high cholesterol a ginger extract for 10 weeks. At the end of the study, the mice had significantly lowered their cholesterol.3 I recommend you take 300 mg daily.

A glass of wine – Okay, so it’s not technically a food. But it can improve your cholesterol naturally. A review study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a link between moderate alcohol consumption (1-2 drinks a day) and improved HDL. Turns out it can boost it by 12%.4 The key here is moderation. Don’t go overboard. If you go this route, I suggest you drink red wine. In addition to the HDL-boosting effect, you’ll get a small dose of the powerful antioxidant resveratrol.

When I first started my practice, I quickly became known for successfully diagnosing “incurable” patients.

Many times I just followed the mantra, “Let food be your medicine.”

My friend and colleague, Dr. Jonathan V. Wright shares a very similar view. And quite an impressive track record.

Just as I’ve done in my own practice, he’s used little-known food cures to solve some of the most seemingly complex medical cases.

Here’s just a small sample of the incredible breakthroughs he’s come across:

  • An all-natural, ancient Chinese herbal therapy that could make more than half of all fibroid surgeries unnecessary. In an open study, this little herb improved the fibroids or totally normalized conditions for 60% of premenopausal women.
  • A simple cane sugar extract that can boost HDL cholesterol by up to 29%. Slash total cholesterol by as much as 17%. And smash LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by an amazing 25%.
  • The “everyday” vegetable you can find at your grocery store that can literally destroy cervical cancer cells.
  • The one kind of sugar that actually protects you from cavities, fights germs, and can even prevent infection.

Dr. Wright has put together these and other natural food cures into a collection of 7 volumes called the “Library of Food & Vitamin Cures.” In it you’ll find cures for almost any condition you can think of. From high cholesterol to bursitis and psoriasis.

To find out more about Dr. Wright and how you can get a FREE copy of his “Library of Food & Vitamin Cures,” through a special offer, click here.

To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD

  1. 1. Lopez LLedesma R, Frati Munari AC, Hernandez Dominguez BC, et al. Monounsaturated fatty acid (avocado) rich diet for mild hypercholesterolemia. Arch Med Res 1996 Winter;27(4):519-23 1996.
  2. 2. Studer M, Briel M, Leimenstoll B, Glass TR, Bucher HC. Effect of different antilipidemic agents and diet on mortality, a systematic review. Arch Intern Med. 2005 Apr;165(7):725-30.
  3. 3. Furman B., et al. Ginger extract consumption reduces plasma cholesterol, inhibits LDL oxidation and attenuates development of atherosclerosis in atherosclerotic mice. J Nutr 200; 130: 1124-1131
  4. 4. Singh I, et al, “High-Density Lipoprotein as a Therapeutic Target—A Systematic Review,” Journal of the American Medical Association, 298 (2007): 787, 790, 795.