The truth is that limiting or avoiding cholesterol consumption does wonders in the fight against heart disease. Not earth shattering news, right? But let's dissect this a little further so you can decide for yourself what the best treatment is for heart disease.
Where does cholesterol come from? Well, first of all your liver makes all the cholesterol you need and circulates it through the blood. We need the cholesterol the liver produces to make hormones, vitamin D, and other substances which help you digest foods, however a high LDL (Low-density lipoprotein) level leads to a buildup of cholesterol in your arteries.
Risk factors for heart disease include a diet with too much of the wrong sorts of fats, too little essential fatty acids, and/or not enough fresh vegetables, as well as smoking and alcohol consumption.
So, you have a choice to make... do you pop a pill or change your eating or lifestyle habits?
The problem with popping a pill is that without changing your lifestyle you will also be popping more pills for additional health issues and even more pills to treat the side effects of every pill... going on and on in a vicious, never-ending cycle and lots of money spent toward doctors, medicine, and possibly surgery.
This can ALL be avoided and you will also add to the quality of your life by making changes to your eating habits. Maybe you think you eat very healthy, but did you know that according to the Mayo Clinic less than 3% of Americans live a healthy lifestyle? This means that as a society we have conformed to culturally accepted eating habits that are really not what our bodies need. This also explain the high rate of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes even for people who think that they are eating healthy.
The good news is that eating to nourish your body with nutrients doesn't have to be confusing. Cardiologist Baxter D. Montgomery, MD explains the results when he focuses on true prevention with his patients. Click Here for his perspective. He is a Medical Doctor who also has Nutrition Knowledge; very rare for a Medical Doctor in the Western World! Did you realize that most doctors are never required to take a single nutrition course?? ASTONISHING, right?
To sum it up and simplify what the food and pharma industry have purposely made confusing: It is important to eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, beans... ie: Whole Plant Foods - from your local farm or produce section of the grocery store. Then LIMIT (or avoid) ANIMAL PRODUCTS and VOILA you have lowered your cholesterol. According to the Mayo Clinic here are the recommended daily limits on cholesterol in your food: If you are healthy, consume no more than 300 mg of cholesterol a day. If you have diabetes, high cholesterol, or heart disease, limit the daily cholesterol intake to no more than 200 mg a day.
An easy way to track whether you are getting enough of the beneficial vitamins and minerals and not too much off the bad is by using this cronometer tracker. Basically you wouldn't want to go over 2 small chicken breasts OR 1 scrambled egg PER DAY to stay under 200 mg. The beautiful thing about the above tracker is that you will be able to see the big picture and really understand what nutrients you are (or aren't) consuming to be healthy and ward off disease!