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Most Surprising Cause of High Cholesterol

LDL_58341913_m-2015High cholesterol, is it caused by diet, lack of exercise, your genetics or what? New research, just published in Science Magazine, reveals at least one major reason some people have high cholesterol and other don’t – even if they share the same lifestyle. What’s more, it’s the same angle as causes arthritis, schizophrenia, eating disorders and visceral fat accumulation.

And it’s all somebody else’s fault!

A few years ago, scientists started to construct a complete genetic profile of a female Neanderthal from her bones found in the Vindija Cave in Croatia. Since Neanderthals and homo sapiens mated and had children, they wanted to understand which genetic factors came from the Neanderthals. After all, almost all of us probably have some traces of their genes in our blood. We probably inherited our genes for rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, eating disorders, visceral fat accumulation, and cholesterol from our distant ancestors.

Sounds bad, right?

But one of the genetic variants for cholesterol we inherited from them is actually positive. It’s called rs10490626 and is associated with LDL (or bad) cholesterol, and most of the people who carry it have relatively low levels of this type of cholesterol. Does this really mean you should sit down helplessly and blame your cholesterol on your ancestors? It certainly does not. Whereas genes play some role in the game, the main reason for high cholesterol and most other health issues is caused by our lifestyle.

And most amazingly, the main reason for all plaque buildup in our arteries is caused by one ingredient, you didn’t even know you were consuming.

Since the 1970s, most medical institutions have stood by the view that LDL cholesterol is bad cholesterol because it hangs around in our blood streams and consequently forms plaques in our arteries that damage and block them. As a result, when you go for a cholesterol test, your doctor measures your LDL cholesterol to calculate whether you are at risk of heart disease. If your LDL cholesterol is high, you will be pushed to take dangerous statin drugs.

A new study now suggests that this is wrong, and that lowering LDL cholesterol may be completely useless to avoid heart diseases. To understand how this works, you should understand how cholesterol is carried in your blood stream. Cholesterol travels through your blood stream in protein parcels called lipoproteins. The lipo (fat and cholesterol) is inside, the protein cover is around it. LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein. In the new study, published in JAMA Cardiology, researchers treated groups of people with different substances to lower their LDL.

When their LDL alone was lowered, they showed only a small reduction in heart disease risk. However, when their LDL was lowered in combination with something called apolipoprotein-B (normally called apoB), their heart disease risk plummeted far further. This suggests it is apoB that needs to be lowered, not LDL cholesterol.

So, what is apoB and why is it so important?

ApoB is a protein without which these lipoprotein parcels that carry cholesterol cannot be formed. Wherever you find a well-formed LDL parcel, you will find ApoB around it. When a laboratory measures your LDL, it measures not only the number of LDL parcels that travel through your blood stream, but also information on the size of the LDL parcels to estimate exactly how much cholesterol they are carrying. This means that, when your LDL cholesterol drops, it may be either because the number of LDL parcels drops, or because the size of the parcels drops while their number remains the same.

When a laboratory measures your apoB, on the other hand, it measures only the number of LDL parcels, with the amount of cholesterol they carry being irrelevant. Therefore, this new study shows that to cut your heart disease risk you need to cut the number of LDL parcels in your blood stream, not the amount of cholesterol carried by these LDL parcels. The scientists did not speculate why this was the case, but the fact that each of our body’s cells has only one receptor to receive apoB might explain it. Your body’s cells want to absorb the LDL that is currently travelling through your blood stream so that they can use it. But if you have too many LDL parcels, these parcels have to wait in a traffic jam outside your cell’s limited apoB receptors before they can be absorbed.

This means that LDL parcels have to circulate through your blood stream for long periods before they can be used, increasing the chance that they will become oxidized (go rancid),  and it’s oxidized cholesterol that forms plaque in your arteries, causing stroke and heart attack.

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Nature’s WEIRDEST Fat Burning Foods

5-foods-150x95Ready to kick start your fat loss using the weirdest natural foods you can find in your grocery store? As you probably know by now, I always recommend eating natural foods vs. many of the so-called “low fat” foods for weight loss.

Here’s a list of the top natural foods to add to your daily meals to fire up your metabolism today.


grapefruitYou have probably heard of the grapefruit diet – the fad diet where you eat tons of grapefruit. Don’t worry. I’m not about promoting something quick, easy and ultimately temporary. You can’t survive off of only grapefruit for very long. However, including grapefruit in your diet can help your weight loss. Research has shown that eating half of a grapefruit prior to a meal can help you drop unwanted pounds faster. Grapefruit capsules, juice and real grapefruit have all proven to do the trick, so it is very easy to add this food to your daily diet (of course I always recommend eating the real thing whenever possible). On top of that, grapefruit also contains cancer fighting elements…and half a grapefruit is only 39 calories!



sardinesBefore you turn your head and taste buds away from this weight loss superfood, think of your weight loss and nutrition goals first. Sardines offer some of the BIGGEST health and weight loss benefits around. For starters, they are loaded with protein which helps control your blood sugar, and as a result, sardines make you feel full while also firing up your metabolism. Sardines are also loaded with omega-3s which strengthen your cardiovascular system and boost your mood. So scan some delicious recipes and start using this weight loss super food into your daily diet.

Quality Beef

beefThis should go without saying, but it is important to always select meats that are from animals that have been grass-fed and not factory-farmed. Quality meats contain high amounts of protein which is critical to your weight loss success. Remember, protein helps build lean muscle. And lean muscle helps your body burn unwanted fat more efficiently. Protein also increases your metabolism, provides a full feeling for longer, and as a result, keeps you from overeating. And grass-fed beef has plenty of omega 3 elements which provide multiple benefits to your overall health and fat loss goals.


Green Tea

green teaGreen tea has also been linked to fad diets, but having a cup or two each day will provide super health benefits and help with weight loss. If you don’t like the taste of green tea, try adding some raw honey or stevia to sweeten the taste. This drink has proven to be a natural stimulant of weight loss, and as an extra dose of health, green tea is rich in antioxidants which increases your heart health, assists in digestion, and regulates blood sugar and body temperature. Also, it increases your metabolic rate, which will help you burn more fat. So take a drink of daily nutrition with green tea.



pumpkinIt doesn’t have to be Halloween or Thanksgiving in order for you to enjoy the taste and nutrition that comes from pumpkins. This fall vegetable is loaded with fiber and a simple can of pumpkin only contains 40 calories (be sure to use 100% natural pumpkin). Also, a diet with high amounts of fiber helps weight management, flushes out toxins and helps your digestive system operate much more efficiently. And with pumpkin being a super easy food to prepare, you can enjoy this tasty food in a variety of recipes all year long.


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The Coconut Oil Secret

Why Coconut Oil KILLS Belly Fat

bookVery interesting studies on the relationship between coconut oil (or any type of coconut fat, including coconut milk and cream) and how it can affect your body fat…

The findings may surprise you!

A 2009 study published in the Journal Lipids consisted of testing the effects of either 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or 2 tablespoons of soybean on a group of 40 women over the span of 28 days. Results showed that the group that ate the coconut oil had a decrease in abdominal fat, while the soybean oil group actually showed a slight increase in belly fat. Additionally, the group that ate the coconut oil showed increased HDL ‘good’ cholesterol levels, while the soybean oil group had decreased HDL cholesterol and increased LDL ‘ bad’ cholesterol.

The Journal of Nutrition published a study where researchers investigated all studies relative to medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that are abundant in coconut fat and weight management. The studies showed that diets rich in fats such as those found in coconut oil prompted a boost in metabolism, increase in energy, decrease in food consumption, reduced body weight and lower body fat mass. The study authors highly recommend using oils that contain MCFAs, such as coconut oil, as a tool to drop extra abdominal fat, manage a healthy weight, and even as a way to treat obesity.

Yet another study that assessed body weight and fat storage relative to three different types of diets including a low-fat diet, high-fat diet with long chain fatty acids (LCFAs) and a high fat diet with MCFAs. In order to bring about weight gain, caloric intakes were adjusted for the diets. At the end of the research period (which lasted 44 days), the low-fat diet group stored an average of 0.47 grams of fat per day, the LCFA group stored 0.48 grams of fat per day, and the MCFA group only stored a mere 0.19 grams per day (despite purposely increasing calories). Those in the MCFA group (coconut fat) had a 60 percent reduction in body fat stored compared to the other diets.

Another added bonus of consuming organic coconut oil (and coconut cream or milk) is that it tends to make us feel fuller for longer. Studies indicate that MCFAs help increase feelings of fullness and lead to a reduction in calorie intake when compared to the same amount of calories from other fats. When MCFAs are metabolized, ketone bodies are created in the liver – these have been shown to have a strong appetite reducing effect helping you to lose fat faster.

Learn about the  9 MORE reasons to use DAILY coconut oil (including benefits to thyroid, brain, skin, oral health, heart health, detoxing, cancer, and more)