Can Resveratrol Keep Your Heart Healthy?
Cholesterol, Particle Size LDL, and Trans-Resveratrol – A Natural Supplement That Can Save Lives!
The arguments about the causes of heart attacks are still raging. Most doctors believe that prescribing statins — which carry terrible side effects — to patients with high cholesterol is the best way to prevent heart attacks. Unfortunately, there are many contributing factors to heart disease, and any method that predicts heart attacks based solely on cholesterol levels is dangerously inaccurate and imprecise, and leaves much to be desired. Were such methods effective, the rise in statin prescriptions should have lowered the instances of heart attack dramatically. In fact, the opposite is true; the number of heart attacks in the U.S. is on the rise.
Heart Disease Statistics
According to the CDC, “About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people annually. Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.”
Based on statistics provided by cardiologists, researchers can establish no comprehensive link between cholesterol levels and heart disease. Around 50 percent of heart attack patients are otherwise healthy adults with low cholesterol levels. Moreover, many individuals with high cholesterol levels never experience any cardiovascular event at all. Clearly, the issue of cholesterol is not a simple one. Therefore, for many patients, statins may reduce cholesterol levels, but they may not prevent a heart attack or a stroke.
A Better Predictive Test
Two tests — both better and more effective at predicting heart attacks and strokes than simple cholesterol measurement — are widely available but unfortunately, for some reason physicians do not widely recommend them. both are simple blood tests that analyze the particle size of LDL cholesterol. These are:
- The Lipoprotein Particle Profile (LPP) test, and
- The Vertical Auto Profile (VAP) test.
Both tests measure particle size and particle number, and predict the occurrence of heart attacks more accurately than can a cholesterol level test alone. These tests are based on the fact that small-particle LDL cholesterol tends to clog the arteries, while large particles do not.
In the video below, New England Heart Center founder Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a respected cardiologist with over 35 years of clinical practice, research, and study, explains the issue in detail.
How Resveratrol Can Keep Your Heart Healthy
For individuals with small particle size cholesterol, lowering cholesterol level is beneficial. However, it is only half the battle. Unlike cholesterol levels, medicine cannot change a patient’s LDL’s particle size, so the risk of heart attack or stroke remains.
Trans-resveratrol, on the other hand, is an anti-inflammatory that softens the arterial walls, thins the blood, increases blood flow, and thus prevents heart attacks—regardless of cholesterol levels or particle size. That is how resveratrol helps keep your heart healthy. It works much better than aspirin at reducing cardiovascular events, and unlike aspirin or other conventional medications, it causes no side effects (not so for low-purity resveratrol).
A recent Alzheimer’s-Resveratrol study from September of 2015, can be found here.