If you’ve seen your doctor in the past decade, you’ve probably had your cholesterol tested.
In fact, the blood work required to analyze cholesterol levels is one of the most common tests you’ll get in the doctor’s office since total cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol) are considered to be predictors for your risk of heart disease and heart attacks.
But why then do studies show that approximately 75 percent of patients who suffer heart attacks have cholesterol levels that are considered normal?
Well, thanks to research by a team of scientists from Ohio University, we finally have the answer. Even more importantly, the results of their study shed light on a powerful way to beat this surprising cholesterol issue and lower that heart attack risk…
Cholesterol and heart potential
What you may not know is that there are actually three subclasses of LDL. The problem is that when you have your LDL checked in your doctor’s office, they only test it as a whole rather than breaking it down to analyze the individual levels of the subclasses.
But that’s going to have to change based on the results of the Ohio study.
The Ohio University researchers used nanosensors to measure the concentration of two substances — nitric oxide and peroxynitrite in the endothelium of blood vessels in response to the LDL subclasses.
The team checked these specific substances because to keep your blood vessels (and your heart) healthy, nitric oxide and peroxynitrite must remain in balance.
However, when your nitric oxide goes down and your peroxynitrite goes up, your risk of heart problems goes up.
And guess what…
The researchers found only one of those subclasses — LDL Subclass B — tips that balance to dangerous levels, pushing nitric oxide down and peroxynitrite up.
Yep, the two other LDL subclasses pose no danger at all, yet we’ve been doing bloodwork to analyze them as a whole.
No wonder so many people think that they’re safe and their heart is healthy right up until a heart attack strikes!
“Our studies can explain why a correlation of total “bad” cholesterol with a risk of heart attack is poor and dangerously misleading — it’s wrong three-quarters of the time,” said Ohio University Distinguished Professor Dr. Tadeusz Malinski. “These national guidelines may seriously underestimate the noxious effects of LDL cholesterol, especially in cases where the content of subclass B in total LDL is high (50 percent or higher).”
Boost your nitric oxide
And here’s where it gets really good…
Knowing that this specific type of LDL is the true problem and is behind the imbalance of nitric oxide and peroxynitrite is something you can work at yourself.
How? You can help your body produce nitric oxide with beet power.
Beets are jam-packed with nitrates that your body uses to make nitrites, which it then turns into nitric oxide (N-O). This is known in scientific journals as the N-O Pathway.
With the new research from Ohio University, it’s likely that soon you will be able to have your blood tested to determine whether or not you have high levels of LDL Subclass B that puts you at a higher risk of a heart attack. Until then, be sure to boost your nitric oxide.