A major cholesterol regulator is your microbiome. A healthy gut flora makes short-chain esters. These are very anti-inflammatory but also they prevent ‘bad’ cholesterol forming from its raw materials.
As we have said many times before, measuring ‘total’ cholesterol is pointless. Each of us needs to ensure that our good cholesterol is much higher than our bad, (70:30) and the Rainbow Diet delivers with olive oil and walnut oils as a start point.
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic have shown that the Rainbow Diet – rich in fruit and vegetables, with whole grains, fish and a little lean meat, as well as olive oil and nuts and seeds as fat sources, lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels, even in people with type-2 diabetes. Red wine and using herbs instead of salt has been credited with lowering blood pressure as well.