Most people know that genes play a powerful role in your health. However, science is rapidly realizing that genes don't always have the final word on how healthy you are. In fact, new research suggests that one of my favorite nutrients is so powerful it can change your DNA so it lowers your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
What's more, this nutrient can lower your cholesterol levels better than drugs. Since drugs don't lower triglyceride levels – it's hard to lower triglycerides with a pill — this is really impressive.
In this study, researchers studied the cholesterol level of hamsters for eight weeks. They started by dividing the animals into two groups. In addition to their normal diet, they fed the first group resveratrol. They gave the second group a drug called fenofibrate. This is a drug that reduces cholesterol absorption.
What they found is very exciting. The hamsters that ate the resveratrol had significantly reduced serum cholesterol, serum triglycerides, apolipoprotein B (ApoB), Lp(a), and cholesterol ester transport protein. These are all significant risk factors for heart disease.
But that's not all. The news gets even better. The group taking resveratrol had significant increases in Apo A-1 and the Apo A-1/Apo B ratio. This is important because Apo A-1 reduces your heart attack risk!
As if that weren't enough, the researchers found even more. I think this is groundbreaking when it comes to genetic research.
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When the researchers compared the resveratrol group to the drug group, they found that the hamsters taking resveratrol had much less cholesterol and triglycerides in their livers. They also found that the resveratrol also reduced their genetic expression of a particular enzyme that's responsible for making cholesterol. As I mentioned earlier, that means resveratrol changed their DNA expression. It made the DNA direct their liver to set a lower point for cholesterol levels.
In other words, the resveratrol didn't artificially force the cholesterol levels lower like statins do. Statins inhibit your cholesterol-making enzyme. Resveratrol turns down the amount of the enzyme naturally, but doesn't stop it completely. That way, your arteries will have less cholesterol floating around without harming your brain. Remember, cholesterol – and this enzyme that regulates it — are critical for the health of your brain and heart. It's this same enzyme that makes CoQ10.
This study was done on animals, not humans. But everything we've seen resveratrol do in animal studies has transferred over to humans. I have no doubt this information will too.
I've told you some great things about resveratrol in recent issues of Nutrient Insider. It's a nutrient I take every day and encourage you to do the same. You can order Advanced Resveratrol Formula by following this link. If you're taking it to lower your cholesterol, take 100 mg, two to three times daily. Then have your cholesterol level checked after a couple of months.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
"Resveratrol attenuates the expression of HMG-CoA reductase mRNA in hamsters," Cho IJ, Ahn JY, et al, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 2008; 367(1): 190-4.