Ep. 30: Cholesterol Part 2: How to Lower Your Cholesterol And Heart-Healthy Fats

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In this episode we discuss:

  • What actually causes plaque buildup (and why cholesterol isn’t the culprit)
  • Why omega-3s and omega-6s aren’t the heart-healthy fats
  • How you can lower cholesterol levels in a healthy way
  • Why eating lots of whole grains, nuts and seeds, vegetable oils, and fatty fish like salmon isn’t the way to go for heart health
  • The importance of gut and thyroid health for lowering cholesterol

3:02 – what causes plaque buildup (and why cholesterol isn’t the culprit)

12:21 – Jay and Mike’s cholesterol history in relation to diet

16:25 – omega-6s and omega-3s do not reduce heart disease risk and instead are implicated in heart disease, while saturated fats are not

24:06 – nutrition/dietary changes to lower cholesterol levels in a healthy way

35:00 – the relationship between gut health, cholesterol levels, and heart health

40:40 – thyroid, exercise, and other factors that affect cholesterol levels

Links from this episode

  • Linda Woods
    Posted at 17:57h, 14 October Reply

    Are you saying that Omega 3’s in pastured meats, eggs and other natural foods is not good?

  • Mike Jinz
    Posted at 18:57h, 15 November Reply

    Honestly, you guys are really incoherent/contradictory on a lot of topics and this is one of them. Your article implores us that cholesterol is not causal of heart disease. We shouldn’t blame the fire on the fireman. But here you both report your cholesterol levels being in the “good” range. Later you say, “blood cholesterol levels are not a problem,” and then immediately go on to discuss how to lower cholesterol levels… Total dissonance.

    • Jay Feldman
      Posted at 09:57h, 16 November Reply

      Not dissonance, just nuance. Does cholesterol cause heart disease? No. Is cholesterol protective and beneficial? Yes. Are high blood cholesterol values often a symptom of underlying dysfunction? Yes.

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