Over the years, I’ve dealt with probably thousands of people dealing with cholesterol problems. In fact, back in 1998, the first people I dealt with were my own parents.
They needed to do a physical for life insurance and they both came back with “high cholesterol” in their blood test. Immediately, each of their doctors, prescribed my parents a statin, a cholesterol-lowering drug.
Two different doctors. Two different drugs. But both were statins.
Various Negative Side Effects
I wasn’t very knowledgeable at the time and I thought it was a great idea – a drug that can safely lower cholesterol levels with NO negative side effects.
Of course, that was about 25 years ago and we didn’t know what we know now. Even though these drugs are one of the top prescribed drugs in the world for many, many years, they do have a lot of negative effects on people.
Well, that first year of taking these drugs, both my parents started having various negative effects.
My mom had dry skin, hair loss, joint pain, memory problems, and some other issues.
My dad had muscle pain, strength loss, liver problems, and also sexual issues.
Is There A Safer Solution?
Well, I decided to get them off the drugs since it’s obviously not going to be a healthy, long-term solution.
And I started to do a lot of research to see what the real cause of high cholesterol was and then hopefully find a natural and safe solution or options.
Of course, I immediately looked into the diet. We all know how important a healthy diet is for everything in life. It should be your #1 goal.
However, both my parents ate fairly well already. But, I decided to put them on a ZERO cholesterol diet – that meant no saturated or animal fats.
Their cholesterol levels did improve, but not nearly what I thought they would.
So, I did more research and discovered that 80% of your cholesterol is made in your LIVER – not from the foods you eat.
In fact, in the old days, our grandparents and great-grandparents ate a ton of fat – butter, whole milk, whole eggs, and so forth. Yet, cholesterol levels were fine.
Of course, eating fast foods, processed foods, and so forth is always a bad idea – but my parents didn’t eat that stuff. Everything was natural and wholesome.
So then I thought, maybe it’s exercise.
However, my dad was in very good shape and exercised daily – so no issues with him.
My mom didn’t, so I had her walk daily.
Again I did another set of blood tests, but no real change in cholesterol levels.
Of course, keep in mind that if you are very overweight and don’t move much, that’s just unhealthy in every respect – not just for your cholesterol levels.
So far, I had realized that as important as diet and exercise are for everything related to health, it wasn’t a big factor in my parent’s cholesterol problems.
Maybe it was stress? Maybe it was poor sleep?
Well, my dad had more stress due to work, but he slept great.
My mom had less stress, but she didn’t sleep well.
Anyway, no way I can change a person’s stress levels or sleeping patterns, so I put this aside.
At this point, I was just very confused and frustrated.
Then I Discovered The Real Cause
I did more research and finally, it hit me – cholesterol is a HORMONE.
More specifically, cholesterol belongs to the steroid family of lipid (fat) compounds. It’s a type of fat in your body. While too much cholesterol isn’t a good thing, your body needs cholesterol to run at its best. Cholesterol is the most abundant steroid in the body. Almost every cell in your body and brain, NEEDS cholesterol to function.
But let’s go back to what I said a few seconds ago – cholesterol is a HORMONE. A steroid is a hormone.
Testosterone, estrogen, cortisol, and so forth are all STEROID HORMONES
So here’s the thing, as you get older, your hormones start falling apart and becoming unbalanced.
Because you don’t have optimal youthful hormonal levels, your body can’t metabolize and utilize cholesterol like it used to when you were younger and thus, cholesterol starts to build up in your body.
Of course, I’m making this very simple because I don’t want this to get too medical and boring. But I think you get the point.
And when you think about it, it makes perfect sense.
This is why younger people eat total junk and yet, they rarely have cholesterol problems because they have good hormonal balance.
And what happens when women hit menopause and their hormones crash?… Yup, all of a sudden they start to have high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and so forth.
Same with men and andropause, which is similar to menopause… they also start to have cholesterol problems.
But in men, it’s more gradual, while in women it’s more sudden … all due to negative hormonal changes due to AGING!
By the way, guys who take steroids at any age, immediately have bad cholesterol levels and this is because again, their hormones are negatively unbalanced and unnatural. And not in a healthy, youthful range.
So yes – lifestyle – diet, exercise, stress management, and so forth – are all very important and should never be ignored
HOWEVER, genetics aside, it keeps coming back to the negative hormonal changes due to aging!
So, What Does All Of This Mean To You?
I’m not saying that now you need to start taking hormones because that’s not natural. And it’s very complicated. And it’s never just ONE hormone – such as only testosterone for men or estrogen for women.
It’s all about hormonal balance.
However, what you DO need to do is give an “aging” or more “mature” body specific nutrients that it needs, due to the lack of optimal hormones, so your body can naturally “heal itself from within” and you can have healthy cholesterol and lipid levels within a normal, youthful range.
And, this is exactly what I did for my parents back in 1998.
The results were really good in fact, so good that they had healthy cholesterol levels within a normal range in about 30 days.
My dad did get better results than my mom. But over time, my mom’s levels continued to improve.
And the formula is basically a few specific and scientifically validated herbs, minerals, and vitamins that help your body metabolize and utilize lipids, to help support healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels within a normal, youthful range.