At age 63, I am still working on my cholesterol numbers. But, according to recent studies, cholesterol numbers are history.
I have recently found out that for the most effective detection, prevention, and treatment of heart disease, it’s critical to measure the LDL cholesterol particle size. In fact, this single test is probably one of the most important health assessments your doctor can run.
The Test You Should Take
There is advanced testing available throughout the country for the VAP (Vertical Auto Profile) assessment which isolates the lipoprotein particles and identifies specific patterns of cholesterol health. This test is unique because it can identify more areas of risk to patients than the standard lipid panel. It can report 15 separate components, as opposed to four in the standard cholesterol test.
Type A or Type B?
If you have the pattern known as the type A cholesterol profile, breathe easy! This means that your cholesterol is the large fluffy kind which is not related to the oxidative stress and inflammation associated with full blown heart disease.
On the other hand, if you have the type B pattern profile, your LDL cholesterol is composed of small, sticky compact articles that are especially atherogenic and inflammatory resulting in arterial plaque.
If you are type B like myself, you will want to supplement with this effective, well-rounded foursome:
- CoQ10 (100-300mg) to fuel the heart
- L-Carnitine (500-4,000mg) to transport critical fatty acids into the muscle cells of the heart
- D-Ribose (5 grams) to increase cellular function and energy recovery
- Magnesium (400-800mg) to relax arterial walls and reduce blood pressure.
Another way to keep your cholesterol in check is to eat more natural anti-inflammatories like wild salmon, berries, grass-fed meat, vegetables, nuts, beans, dark chocolate, garlic, turmeric, and extra-virgin olive oil.
Remember the size—not the number—doesn’t just matter, it’s a major piece of your cholesterol profile!