By: Dr. Al Sears, MD
You could see the response in the room as I said it.
“Cholesterol is good for you.”
You could tell they had never looked at it quite that way. People stopped what they were doing and started commenting and talking about it.
And they started taking photos and videos of me.
I was a little startled. I felt like I was on stage at a rock concert there for a second.
I was giving my lecture and slide show on P.A.C.E. in the grand ballroom of the Shangri-La in Kuala Lumpur.
I showed hundreds of doctors and dignitaries why P.A.C.E is the first anti-aging exercise program, and how it can reverse many of the symptoms of aging and strengthen your heart.
When I got to the part about P.A.C.E. raising HDL cholesterol, and how cholesterol is a good thing, the buzz and the flashes started.
I recovered after a few seconds, though, and continued.
“I want you to have cholesterol. You need it. Life without cholesterol is miserable. You will be weak, slow, frail, and impotent.”
I was able to raise my patient Terri’s HDL cholesterol by 33%. Doctors at the anti-aging conference were shocked.
I showed them this slide, of how I was able to raise my patient Terri’s HDL up to a much healthier range by doing P.A.C.E. In fact, we raised her HDL 33%.
They were shocked I was raising the cholesterol of one of my patients.
But I wasn’t done. I told the crowd that the higher your cholesterol is, the better your life is. You’ll live longer, and the quality of your life will be better. Because you need cholesterol to make vitamin D, to make sex steroids, and to make the membrane of your cells and your brain.
I related a study from the prestigious medical journal The Lancet. Researchers looked at 724 people and followed them for 10 years. They found that higher cholesterol meant a lower chance of dying from any cause.(1)
Right then, about half of them stopped listening to what I was saying so they could send the pictures and videos of me to their Facebook pages. It was surreal.
They were stunned to hear me say that cholesterol is a part of your body, and that a war on a part of you will never work.
We have this disease of inflammation that happens to act on cholesterol. So cholesterol was there at the scene, and thought to be the guilty culprit. Really, it’s the innocent victim.
Drug companies quickly engineered a pharmaceutical to stop your body from making this presumed enemy “cholesterol,” and food companies went right along.
They’ve convinced the whole world that cholesterol is an enemy in your diet. They’ve created these new foods without cholesterol and people will pay extra for them. To have nutritionally-deprived products that are devoid of cholesterol.
Mainstream doctors all around the world are getting away with lowering people’s cholesterol even if they don’t have any disease, and causing millions of people to suffer. It’s alarming. It’s Orwellian that we could have the whole world convinced and be acting on something so ignorant.
The truth is, you don’t want to remove the part of your body that the bad guys – inflammation and oxidation – are acting on. You want to protect yourself by raising your levels of the good guy, HDL.
Here are four simple steps you can follow to raise your HDL quickly and easily:
- Take Cod Liver Oil – It’s one of the richest sources of omega-3 on earth, and the more omega-3 you get, the higher your HDL will be. In a new review that looked at many studies over the past 15 years, they found that getting 1.5 to 2 grams of omega-3 a day will significantly raise your HDL.(2) And there are 15 grams of omega-3 in just one tablespoon of cod liver oil. This is one of the simplest, easiest ways to raise HDL, and fortunately, it no longer has the fishy taste like when your mother tried to give it to you. For example mine has a clean hint of lemon to it.
- Work Out With P.A.C.E. – Intense, short periods of exertion like I describe in P.A.C.E. will reliably boost HDL. For example, one study looked at Navy personnel going through intense training and after only 5 days, their HDL had increased 31%.(3) Click here to try my at-home P.A.C.E. program, P.A.C.E. Express.
- Use Guggul – This reliable ancient Indian herb comes from the resin of the guggul tree. Ayurvedic healers have used it for thousands of years as a heart-strengthening tonic. The guggulsterones in the resin lower the inflammation that acts on cholesterol and help improve your cholesterol ratio (the ratio of LDL to HDL). Look for guggul extract standardized to 6% guggulsterones and take 300-400 mg two to three times a day.
- Eat Low-Glycemic Foods – That means eat more animal protein, stay away from carbs that come from grains, refined sugars and processed foods, and avoid trans-fats and high fructose corn syrup. One study on the effect of eating protein instead of carbs gave people foods consisting mostly of beef and beef fat. They ate no sugars, milk, or grains and their percentage of HDL jumped 50%.(4) Check out my glycemic index chart so you’ll know which foods to choose.
Editors Note: Dr. Al Sears, M.D. is a board-certified clinical nutrition specialist. His practice, Dr. Sears' Health & Wellness Center in Royal Palm Beach, Fla., specializes in alternative medicine. He is the author of seven books in the fields of alternative medicine, anti-aging, and nutritional supplementation, including The Doctor's Heart Cure. To get his free special report on the proven anti-aging strategies for building a vibrant, disease-free life, go here now. You'll learn how to stop Father Time without giving up the foods you love.
1. Weverling-Rijnsburger AW, Blauw GJ, Lagaay AM, Knook DL, Meinders AE, Westendorp RG. “Total cholesterol and risk of mortality in the oldest old.” Lancet. 1997 Oct 18;350(9085):1119-23.
2. Bernstein A, Ding E, Willett W, Rimm E. "A meta-analysis shows that DHA… increases HDL… in persons without coronary heart disease." J Nutr. 2012 Jan;142(1):99-104.
3. Smoak, B.L., Norton, J.P., Ferguson, E.W., et al, “Changes in lipoprotein profiles during intense military training,” J. Am. Coll. Nutr. Dec. 1990;9(6):567-72
4. Newbold HL. “Reducing the serum cholesterol level with a diet high in animal fat.” South Med J. 1988 Jan;81(1):61-3.