CRP: The best test for measuring inflammation and you’re probably not being tested for it.
A CRP level is more indicative of heart and stroke risk than cholesterol levels. It is also a leading marker of systemic inflammation, which is a key factor in the development of atherosclerosis.
A Harvard study found that people with elevated CRP levels are 450% more likely to have a heart attack compared to people with normal levels of this protein in their blood.
Vitamin D supplements can lower CRP levels 30-50%!
Statins can lower CRP significantly, but they have serious risks, including lowering the body’s CoQ10 level, which is your pivotal enzyme for energy production.
CRP is a better predictor than cholesterol, LDL or even Homocysteine in predicting heart disease.
Smoking raises CRP levels significantly.
High CRP levels have been found frequently in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, which I feel is an inflammatory brain disorder.
Another very important marker of inflammation is lipoprotein(a), which I plan to write about in a future blog…