Following up on an earlier post, here are some quick and important facts about cholesterol. Playing such an important part in our bodies I feel cholesterol does not deserve the bad reputation it got in recent years.

Sure, high vLDL (bad cholesterol) levels are a major problem in every country that adopted the American diet. But instead of blaming natural, cholesterol containing foods the blame should be directed towards industries responsible for the manufacturing of foods that cause health problems instead of being nourishing and healing. The crucial factors leading to elevated levels of bad cholesterol should be explained.

Here’s what you need to know:

The majority of cholesterol is produced by the body and only a smaller fraction is absorbed from food. A small percentage of people are genetically more sensitive to cholesterol in foods. But usually the body adjusts its production to the amount consumed. Some substances cause the body to produce more cholesterol than normal. This is why artificial foods and toxins that increase it’s production are of far greater relevance than natural, cholesterol containing foods.

Cholesterol is an important part of our body and has many critical benefits. Without it, we would not be able to survive. Common symptoms of cholesterol deficiency range from depression and anxiety to statistically higher frequency of Parkinson’s disease, cancer mortality, and death in elderly.

We need cholesterol to:

  • Produce critical hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone
  • Keep our nerves healthy
  • Maintain healthy cell walls and structures
  • Produce bile to digest fat and toxins
  • Produce vitamin D
  • Absorb vitamin A, D, K, E
  • HDL (good cholesterol) cleans our arteries of plaque

Common factors that elevate cholesterol are:

  • Carbohydrates (e.g. chocolate, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), others)
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Hypoglycemia (e.g. due to skipping meals)
  • Stress
  • Artificial sweeteners (by stimulating appetite and increasing cravings for carbohydrates)
  • Smoking
  • Toxins (the body needs to produce cholesterol to digest and excrete toxins)

 

For information on how to keep your cholesterol levels healthy please click here.

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