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  • The cholesterol found in arterial plaque is oxidized, damaged cholesterol, which your immune system recognizes as bacteria. In response, your immune system sends out macrophages to attack it, which creates inflammation inside your arterial wall. The culprit of heart disease is not just any cholesterol, but the oxidized kind—which is introduced into your system every time you consume foods cooked in vegetable oils.
  • Total cholesterol is worthless for evaluating heart disease risk, unless it’s above 300. More reliable markers include HDL/total cholesterol ratio, which should ideally be above 24 percent, and triglyceride/HDL ratio, which should ideally be below 2 percent.
  • Other markers for heart disease risk include: ferritin levels, homocysteine levels, lipoprotein A (LPA), 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels, and blood viscosity.
  • Guidelines for optimizing your cholesterol levels without drugs are included.

By Dr. Mercola

The idea that high cholesterol causes heart disease is based on the premise that cholesterol is found in the plaque of people with coronary artery disease. But does that automatically mean that cholesterol itself is the root cause, and must be kept at a minimum to prevent plaque formation?


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