"You’ll sometimes hear about the ‘French paradox’, which describes the phenomenon of low heart disease rates in France ‘despite’ a diet rich in saturated fat. Well, it seems that this ‘paradox’ is not limited to France, but is alive and well in several other countries too including the UK, Germany, Austria, Finland, Belgium, Iceland, the Netherlands and Switzerland. In other words, it’s not a paradox at all. It’s only a paradox if one believes saturated fat causes heart disease. The thing is, there’s really no good evidence that it does." - excerpt from the article: The French 'paradox' is not a paradox
This gets better!!
There is the Mozaffarian Group’s Study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2004 showing that as the intake of saturated fat increased in post-menopausal women, the progression of atherosclerosis actually reversed!
Diet and 20-year Mortality in Two Rural Population Groups of Middle-Aged Men in Italy.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1989.
Men who died of CHD ate significantly less saturated fat than men who didn't!
From the Harvard School of Public Health"The Nutrition Source"
"Fats and Cholesterol: Out with the Bad, In with the Good"
More recently, several studies seemed to suggest that eating diets high in saturated fat did not raise the risk of heart disease—a finding that ran counter to decades of dietary advice. (21,22) One highly-publicized report analyzed the findings of 21 studies that followed 350,000 people for up to 23 years. Investigators looked at the relationship between saturated fat intake and coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Their controversial conclusion: “There is insufficient evidence from prospective epidemiologic studies to conclude that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD, stroke, or CVD.
I would suggest that instead, you look deeper into carb intake and CVD/CHD, as carbs promote increased "small particle" LDL, associated with atherosclerosis.
Also look into the pro-inflammatory processes of cooking vegetable and seed oils as well as omega-6s in regards to their role in endothelial damage.
I use extra virgin coconut oil exclusively for cooking, as it does not alter
with heat. Also look into the cardio-protective properties of Magnesium,
a vital mineral N.Americans are deficient in.
It's involved in over 300 processes including:
muscle and nerve function
immune system function
blood sugar level regulation
I do Transdermal Magnesium Oil treatments-best way to supplement.
From the Vitamin D council:
There are published studies of vitamin D levels and the risk of cardiovascular disease. Vitamin D levels greater than 30–40 ng/mL (75–100 nmol/L) may lower atherosclerosis risk. If this disorder reaches advanced stages, a physician should be consulted.
How vitamin D works
Vitamin D may reduce atherosclerosis in several ways:
Reduces inflammation: Vitamin D shifts cytokine (protein) production away from inflammation. Internal swelling causes plaque lesions to develop.
Reduces matrix metalloproteinases: These enzymes damage blood vessel tissues.
Controls gene expression: Vitamin D activates vitamin D receptors to help turn genes on or off. This may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and vessel hardening.
From studies, it appears that high vitamin D levels lower cardiovascular disease. Higher vitamin D levels may also significantly reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. According to a review of several observational studies, vitamin D levels of 30-40 ng/mL (75–100 nmol/L) may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by 25% compared to levels below 10 ng/mL (25 nmol/L). Thus, to reduce atherosclerosis risk, it may be beneficial to keep vitamin D levels above 30–40 ng/mL (75–100 nmol/L).
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Hope this helps!