The Two Foods You Need To Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

| September 21, 2011

Drugs, drugs, drugs and then some more… This is all the mainstream has come up with in their efforts to prevent cardiovascular disease. If you believe that cholesterol is public enemy number one in the fight against heart disease and that it must be lowered to ridiculously low levels, then that’s great. However, if you sit on the other side of the fence, then you know that the mainstream has got it all wrong. Instead of being the villain it’s made out to be, in fact, cholesterol is necessary to sustain life.

As Dr Briffa (our contributing editor) points out, the mainstream needs to focus on the overall health benefits of a drug in order to determine whether it is effective or not. Much as cholesterol-lowering drugs are effective in lowering cholesterol, so far, very few studies have actually shown that they have any benefits in preventing cardiovascular disease (heart disease or stroke in particular)…. This becomes even more disconcerting when you consider the toxicity and often life-threatening side effects of these drugs.

Therefore, it makes no sense to buy into the mainstream’s adage that cholesterol is public enemy number one… it makes even less sense to take cholesterol-lowering drugs that are designed to slowly destroy life!

However, if you’re looking for a side effect-free solution to prevent cardiovascular disease, then look no further. Researchers of a recent Spanish study, featuring 7,500 people at high risk of heart disease, found that Mediterranean diets high in virgin olive oil and nuts are more effective in reducing the risk of heart disease than current drug treatments.

Previous studies have already shown that those following a Mediterranean-style diet (rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, limited amounts of red meat and processed foods, and a relatively high amount of fat from olive oil and nuts), have lower rates of cardiovascular disease, despite their high fat intake.

The results of the latest study not only support the evidence of previous studies but also knock Big Pharma from its druggy high horse. Commenting on their findings, the researchers said that ‘a modification in the entire diet pattern managed to achieve, in just one year, results that pharmaceutical drugs did not achieve even after two years of treatment.’

The study, published in the journal Atherosclerosis, divided participants into three groups: Two groups followed a Mediterranean diet with one receiving 15 litres of virgin olive oil for three months, and the other 30g a day of walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts. The third group was given instructions to follow a low-fat diet.

After three months, the results showed that the nut and virgin olive oil groups had improved ratios of adolipoprotein (a protein connected to a fat) and that this lowered the risk of heart disease for both men and women. For men, the number at high-risk of heart disease dropped 5 per cent and for women, 16.6 per cent.

The researchers also reported significant improvements in artery thickness in the groups eating a traditional Mediterranean diet plus virgin olive oil or nuts, compared to those on a low-fat diet. However, the improvement was only observed among those who already had somewhat thickened arteries.

Experts believe that the heart protective benefits of following a Mediterranean diet stem from the fact that the unsaturated fats found in olive oil and nuts actually help protect the cardiovascular system.

The Mediterranean diet is also considered to contain the best selection of foods to help prevent cancer, and is the diet recommended by nutritionists for those who have had breast cancer.

Here’s to keeping your heart strong and healthy

Francois Lubbe
Managing Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth



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Sources:

Natural Foods Prevail: Olive Oil and Nuts More Effective Than Drugs, published online 20.09.11, preventdisease.com

Olive Oil, nuts better than drugs for heart disease: Spanish researchers, published online 19.09.11, nutraingredients.com

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