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 Post subject: Bananas full of Cholesterol
PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:40 am 
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So I had a followup Dr's (Physicians Assistant) appointment today. My cholesterol is 176 which is what it's been practically my whole life. The PA wants to put me on Cholesterol medicine because my good cholesterol is low even though I take a Fish Oil pill every morning. I tell the PA that I make myself a Banana Smoothie everyday for breakfast. She tells me that Bananas are high in Cholesterol. I don't think I trust this persons judgment anymore.


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 Post subject: Re: Bananas full of Cholesterol
PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:40 pm 
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Cholesterol is an animal product, not found in any plants. So that physician's assistant needs to check out their sources they learned this from.

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 Post subject: Re: Bananas full of Cholesterol
PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:56 pm 
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It does exist in very small amounts in some plants: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cholesterol but essentially you are correct. I would write a letter to her and the physician versus an email or phone call as they cannot ignore letters.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:10 pm 
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I (and many others on a health forum I'm on) have had good results on our HDL cholesterol levels by adding magnesium. Some brands are better than others for being absorbed and not causing digestive issues. I like this one. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000B ... =UTF8&th=1
Many believe that many minerals have been depleted in our soils and through our filtered waters.
Here is an article on magnesium deficiencies.
http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2 ... es/page-01
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 Post subject: Re: Bananas full of Cholesterol
PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:41 pm 
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Todd,

I'd talk to your doctor. Far from containing cholesterol, some medical researchers believe that bananas *lower* blood cholesterol (not conclusively proven, but credible). It really sounds like your PA was giving you some really bad advice.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25651610

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:16 pm 
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I was prescribed magnesium many years ago and have researched it a lot. This is what I currently take (at night, it helps sleep): magnesium

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