It is just a secondary co-factor.
Atherosclerosis is focal arterial scurvy caused by a vitamin C deficiency in the intimal layer of the arteries. The cells which comprise the blood vessels are surrounded by an intercellular glue known as ground substance. Ground substance is a gel-like framework and is dependent upon abundant amounts of collagen otherwise will turn loose and watery. Collagen is produced by fibroblasts and they depend upon ascorbic acid(vitamin C). In the absence of proper amounts of ascorbic acid, collagen production slows or stops.
Once the intimal wall of the artery becomes damaged from the vitamin C deficiency, LDL and especially Lp(a) cholesterol are used to patch or shore up the damage and the atherosclerotic process has begun.
Once the damage and inflamation of the arterial wall is repaired by reversal of the deficiency, cholesterol levels will naturally lower.
The RDA for vitamin C is only 90mg and is ridiculous. This amount does prevent frank scurvy, where you bleed to death internally, but does not prevent focal arterial scurvy.
High cholesterol is not a drug deficiency. There are only four species of mammals which do not make their own ascorbate(vitamin C). These are (1) humans, (2) gorillas, (3) guinea pigs and (4) fruit bats. Bears, in hybernation, have cholesterol levels that exceed 400mg/dl yet they do not have heart disease like humans do. The difference is they produce massive amounts of ascorbic acid in their livers 24/7.
Search Linus Pauling and Matthias Rath Unified Theory of Heart Disease....also Thomas E. Levy, and Owen Fonorroweregimens.com/therapies/Supplements/Vitamins/VitaminC/UnifiedTheoryofHeartDisease.htmwww.internetwks.com/pauling/lpatent.htmlwww.internetwks.com/owen/suppress.htm
Basic Pauling protocol to halt and reverse atherosclerosis--
9-18 grams ascorbic acid(vitamin C) taken in dynamic flow(numerous small doses through the day)
5-6 grams L-Lysine amino acid
2-4 grams L-Proline amino acid
My daily regimen for the last 6 months.
15 grams(15,000mg) ascorbic acid divided into 10 1.5g doses (C is water soluble and half life in blood is just 30 minutes)
5 grams L-Lysine
3 grams L-Proline
500 mg L-Arginine
500 mg L-Cartinine
2 grams L-Taurine
100mcg Vitamin K-2
2 grams Omega 3 fish oil
400 mg magnesium citrate
200 mg Co-Q10
4000 iu vitamin D-3
2 tablets vitamin B complex
2 grams chondroitin sulfate
800 iu vitamin E
My Condition 6 months ago
BP 160/105 85P
Total cholesterol 273
occasional numbness in right arm and tingling in fingers and toes
left carotid was bulging to the point where it was uncomfortable and applying pressure on my throat and could hear a sqwoosh sqwoosh sound in left ear when working out or walkin briskly.
Palpatations at least once a day for just a few seconds
My Condition now
BP 110/65 60P
Total cholesterol 181
I walk 2 miles in the morning and evening and no longer get winded or hear or feel the left carotid.
No more numbness or tingling anywhere and no more palpatations.