‘Researchers have developed a vaccine that is more effective than statin drugs at lowering levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the body, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of New Mexico and the National Institutes of Health, and published in the journal Vaccine.
Cholesterol is an essential substance produced by the body from saturated fat. It is the precursor to vitamin D, several hormones and some digestive molecules. Its role in heart disease remains unclear. Numerous studies, however, have linked one variety of cholesterol — LDL — to higher rates of cardiovascular disease.
The best way to maintain low LDL levels is to eat a nutritious diet (high in vegetables and ideally with no trans fats), and to get plenty of exercise. Nevertheless, cholesterol-lowering statins have become the top selling drug in the United States.’