You’d be forgiven if you are confused about the so-called “facts” about cholesterol. According to the mainstream, high cholesterol is a death sentence. You’re then prescribed statin drugs that have a long list of potential side effects, like increasing the risk of diabetes, kidney failure, and permanent muscle damage.
It’s like you’re caught in a never-ending catch 22.
A nutty perspective
The real kicker in all of this is that there is a lack of conclusive evidence showing that high cholesterol increases your risk of cardiovascular disease! This means that taking statin drugs and lowering your cholesterol may not even protect you from a heart attack or stroke.
But there might just be a healthy and delicious way out of this catch 22.
According to a recent study, there’s a clear and simple way to balance your cholesterol levels without popping statins.
For this trial, US researchers gave a group of volunteers either a generous handful of almonds or a banana muffin every day for six weeks.
By the end of the study, the participants in the almond group boosted their blood levels of HDL “good” cholesterol by 19 per cent, compared to those in the muffin group.
I know it sounds a bit counterproductive to boost your cholesterol levels, but when it comes to HDL cholesterol, it is definitely a good thing.
Your HDL levels help clear out the LDL “bad” cholesterol by sending it off to your liver for removal.
The study also found that eating almonds regularly actually improves LDL cholesterol’s “clean-up” function by over 6 per cent.
And the benefits of regular almond consumption don’t stop there.
Studies have shown that almonds help improve insulin sensitivity and slash your risk of diabetes. They also help boost good gut bacteria and cut your risk of both cancer and premature death.
In addition, apart from being a rich source of protein, healthy fats, and fibre, almonds also contain high amounts of magnesium. This mineral is essential for maintaining artery health and lowering blood pressure. Magnesium even helps to curb anxiety.
The bottom line: Snacking on almonds can boost your health in many ways and when it comes to cholesterol, they may even help you get off those stain drugs.
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