What if I told you there’s a miracle food that can keep cholesterol from blocking your arteries? What if I also told you this food works as well as cholesterol-lowering drugs? And what if I told you that this food has the added ability to drop your triglyceride levels (which drugs can’t do)? Would you be interested?
If that were all this food could do, I’d be impressed. But this superfood can do a lot more. In fact, it can differentiate between good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL). And it can help lower your LDL and raise your HDL.
As you may know, HDL cholesterol actually helps your body handle higher cholesterol levels without damage to your heart. So increasing HDL can protect you against high LDL and overall high cholesterol. A new study suggests this one little fruit can do all of this.
A Taiwan study on 43 subjects with high lipid levels found that just two kiwis per day could significantly reverse lipid problems. HDL increased, as did vitamin C and vitamin E levels. What’s more, their LDL dropped as well.
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This study confirms a Norwegian study done in 2004. In that trial, two to three kiwis per day dropped triglyceride levels by 15%. They also reduced platelet aggregation by 15%. Platelet aggregation clogs your arteries and places you at a higher risk of heart attacks and blood clots.
This is great news – but it gets even better. Kiwi and its vitamin C can do even more than drugs. Back in 2009, I wrote in my newsletter that vitamin C can lower CRP levels. CRP is one of the few inflammation markers that accurately predicts an impending heart attack. If your CRP level is high, your risk of heart attack goes up significantly.
In a study out of UC Berkeley, vitamin C lowered CRP levels when they were high, but it didn’t affect them when they were normal or low. In fact, it worked better than statins in people with high levels of CRP! In several other studies, statins reduced CRP levels by 0.2 milligrams per liter. In this study, vitamin C lowered CRP levels by 0.25 milligrams per liter.
So even though the kiwi studies didn’t look at the fruit’s ability to lower CRP, we can assume it will simply because of its vitamin C.
Add all of this together and you get a miracle fruit that can significantly lower your risk of heart attack. So go ahead, eat two kiwis a day. It’s a delicious way to avoid a killer heart attack.
Your voice of reason in Women's Health,
Dr. Janet Zand
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