Thursday, August 07, 2008

Oxidized or Modified LDL Cholesterol‏

Native or natural LDL cholesterol is not a concern when it comes to heart disease. It acts as a transport vehicle of cholesterol. However, when this LDL cholesterol becomes modified or oxidized by excessive free radicals, it causes a tremendous amount of inflammation of our arteries. Fat soluble antioxidants like vitamin E, beta carotene, and alpha lipoic acid have the ability to incorporate themselves within the wall of the LDL cholesterol and offer protection against this oxidative process. The medical literature shows that the higher the level of antioxidants within the wall of the LDL cholesterol, the more it is able to resist this damage by excessive free radicals. Dr. Daniel Steinberg reported in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1989 that if enough antioxidants were on board, LDL cholesterol levels would not be a concern.

The problem is that physicians are not able to measure “Oxidized” LDL cholesterol levels in the lab. This is primarily research done in clinical trials. Physicians just measure total LDL cholesterol. This is why I believe it is so important to supplement all of these antioxidants and their supporting nutrients at optimal levels (cellular nutrition) to best protect your LDL cholesterol and decrease inflammation of your arteries.

Source: Dr. Strand Health Nuggets (