Visit a doctor for any reason at all these days, and you’ll have to pay a price higher than any copay.
You’ll have to sit through yet another tiresome lecture on the supposed dangers of cholesterol!
Those guys drone on about LDL until you’re ready to tear whatever’s left of your hair right out of your head.
Mean01while, you won’t hear a peep about the one measure that matters most.
It’s inflammation, the single most important risk factor for chronic disease including heart disease.
Your doc won’t talk about it, but I will — because new research reveals a simple, safe and inexpensive way to slash your levels of deadly inflammation and help cut your risk of disease far more effectively than fretting over cholesterol ever will.
It’s called N-acetylcysteine, but since it’s so hard to spell — and even harder to pronounce — even scientists just refer to it as NAC for short.
But it doesn’t really matter what you call it. What matters is that you get your hands on this stuff, because the new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that 1.8 grams of NAC per day can cut your levels of homocysteine by 12 percent, or triple the rate of a placebo.
This is critical, because 80 percent of heart attack patients have normal cholesterol — but most of them have high levels of homocysteine.
See, it’s not the cholesterol itself that’s the problem in your arteries. It’s when cholesterol sticks that you start to face serious risks.
And inflammation is practically the glue that causes it to stick.
That’s why one study found that every 5 mM/L boost in homocysteine levels can increase your risk of heart attack by 41 percent, while another found that cutting homocysteine levels by 25 percent will slash your risk of heart attack by 11 percent and stroke by 19 percent.
NAC alone will get you halfway there, and you can slash those levels even further with vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid.
Along with protecting your heart and preventing a stroke, cutting your homocysteine levels can also slash your risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
You won’t get all those benefits from cholesterol meds — but you WILL get it from safe inflammation-fighting supplements.