ljm wrote:can anyone point to whether statins are assumed to have effect through their anti inflammatory characteristic or through cholesterol lowering characteristic (because if its the latter, I’m on this god forsaken diet that should be as good as a Statin)
At http://www.remedyfind.com/rem.asp?id=19707, I found:
Evidence has emerged that statins, which are inhibitors of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase, have immunomodulatory effects. Recent reports showed that statins prevent and reverse chronic and relapsing experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, an animal model of MS. Furthermore, in vitro experiments with human immune cells have shown an immunomodulatory profile of statins comparable to that of interferon beta. An open label clinical trial of simvastatin for MS revealed a significant decrease in the number and volume of new MRI lesions and a favorable safety profile. Statins might be beneficial for MS patients as monotherapy or as an add-on to established disease modifying drugs
So, no mention of cholesterol.