3 actionable tips to lower ApoB! | Summary and Q&A

June 7, 2021
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3 actionable tips to lower ApoB!


Learn how to lower your ApoB levels through weight loss, consuming unsaturated fats, and increasing soluble fiber intake.

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Key Insights

  • 🔬 ApoB is a key marker of lipoprotein particles in our bloodstream that contribute to plaque buildup and atherosclerosis, making it crucial for cardiovascular health.
  • 🔹 Recent studies have shown that high levels of ApoB not only increase the risk of heart disease but also diabetes and shorter lifespan.
  • 🥦 Weight loss of 6-12% body weight can significantly reduce ApoB levels by decreasing the production of atherogenic particles in the blood.
  • 🥑 Unsaturated fats, including monounsaturated fats (found in avocado and olive oil) and polyunsaturated fats (found in flax, chia, and fish), have a powerful ApoB-lowering effect.
  • 🌾 Soluble fiber-rich foods like apples, oats, and psyllium husk can help reduce ApoB by reducing cholesterol absorption in the intestine.
  • ❌ Although dietary cholesterol may have some impact on ApoB levels, the evidence is inconclusive, and other factors like weight loss and unsaturated fats have a more significant effect.
  • 🌱 Other factors that may lower ApoB include phytosterols, limiting fructose intake, avoiding trans fats, consuming soy protein, and following dietary patterns like the Mediterranean diet.
  • 💊 For some individuals, diet alone may not be enough to reduce ApoB, and medications like statins, pcsk9 inhibitors, ezetimibe, and higher doses of omega-3s may be necessary.


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Questions & Answers

Q: How can weight loss help lower ApoB levels?

Weight loss has been shown to reduce the production of atherogenic particles in our blood, resulting in lower ApoB levels. This is because losing weight decreases the production of VLDLs, which can turn into LDLs.

Q: How do unsaturated fats lower ApoB levels?

Unsaturated fats, such as monounsaturated fats found in avocados and olive oil, and polyunsaturated fats found in flax, chia, and fish, have been shown to lower ApoB levels. When replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats, there is a robust ApoB-lowering effect.

Q: Which foods are rich in soluble fiber and can help lower ApoB levels?

Foods such as apples, okra, eggplant, berries, oats, barley, and psyllium husk (a rich source of soluble fiber) have been shown to reduce cholesterol absorption in the intestine, leading to lower ApoB levels.

Q: Do phytosterols, fructose, and trans fats affect ApoB levels?

Some studies suggest that phytosterols (found in nuts and seeds) may lower ApoB levels, while high levels of purified fructose and trans fats can raise ApoB levels. However, the evidence for these factors is not as established as for weight loss, unsaturated fats, and soluble fiber.

Q: Are there specific dietary patterns that help lower ApoB levels?

The Mediterranean diet has the most evidence behind it for lowering ApoB levels due to its emphasis on unsaturated fats and soluble fiber. The DASH diet, vegetarian, Nordic, and paleo diets also show some evidence, although less than the Mediterranean diet. Any dietary pattern rich in unsaturated fats can be beneficial for lowering ApoB.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • ApoB is a marker of lipoprotein particles that cause plaque and lead to heart disease.

  • The desirable range for ApoB is under 90 mg/dL.

  • Weight loss, consuming unsaturated fats, and increasing soluble fiber intake are effective ways to lower ApoB levels.

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