Cholesterol… Facts and Myths You Should Know!!
If i were to start talking about Heart Attacks and the reasons for the same what would be the first thing that would pop into your mind??
Yes you are right. Cholesterol!!!
Over a period of time we have associated heart attacks and have made it a Villian of the Medical Industry encouraging Heart diseases and causing strokes.
So what is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy substance produced by the body to help build cells and a membrane around the cell to protect it. Cholesterol is not fat per se, but it is a waxy chemical compound produced by the liver. This compound is carried via the blood with the help of molecules called lipoprotein.
But new research has shown that cholesterol is essential for our body to function properly and so important that we cannot live without it. And since it helps build cells, our external and internal membranes need cholesterol.
So, if it was that important what went wrong.
Why Haven’t You Heard the Truth About Cholesterol?
Currently the value of the cholesterol lowering drug industry is estimated to be around 29 billion dollars!!! And this is a conservative figure and growing. And research has shown that these drugs have little or no beneficial effects and can sometimes do more harm than good.
In his book $29 Billion Reasons to Lie About Cholesterol Justin Smith says…
“So many resources are currently directed at cholesterol-lowering, however, a huge body of evidence suggests that this cholesterol-lowering is having little or no effect on people’s health. In fact, it may even be doing more harm than good.
We want to present the facts about cholesterol to the general public. These facts are fully supported by published studies within the medical literature, but unfortunately they are hardly ever discussed.
The pharmaceutical industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year promoting the idea that high cholesterol causes heart disease. The other side of the story receives very little attention. As a result, even doctors may have been misled; since they have only been exposed to the pharmaceutical industry’s viewpoint.”
So it is very much possible that even your doctor is misguided by the pharma industry into believing that cholesterol is actually bad and the drugs actually work to lower cholesterol while patients, maybe even you or someone you love, are risking poor health or even death as a result.
So Is Cholesterol Really Bad For You?
A major clue that something is very off with the notion that high cholesterol causes heart disease can be found in this: even as cholesterol levels have become lower, rates of heart disease deaths have not followed suit!
Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a board certified cardiologist and a prominent expert in the field of natural cardiology, explained in a recent interview:
[W]e need cholesterol in our skin to activate vitamin D3 from sunlight. We need cholesterol to make our sex hormones… to make our adrenal hormones. We need it for lubrication. We need it for neurotransmitter function in the brain. When LDL is driven too low, it’s no wonder that a lot of patients develop memory problems or pre-Alzheimer’s, or even total global amnesia, which is really losing one’s memory. It’s very frightful and I have seen several cases.… There are so many other aspects that in my mind play a much bigger role that I put cholesterol down at the low end of the spectrum.”
Low cholesterol may impact serotonin metabolism, a substance regulating temper. Regulating vitamin D in the body, cholesterol is a major producer of aldosterone, which manages salt and water in the body. It also produces cortisol, which regulates blood sugar level. In addition, cholesterol is involved in the production of bile salts, which are produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Bile salts help in the digestion and absorption of fat and the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and E. Thus, a well-balanced amount of cholesterol in the blood is healthy, but too much of it is unhealthy which is turned into plague damaging arteries and creating heart problems. As a matter of fact, an excess of anything in the body is unhealthy, even water.
Cholesterol is so important that our body itself makes 75% of it.
So the question here is How can it be then Bad for us…?
If high cholesterol and high-fat diets are really NOT the cause of heart disease, then how did this massive misinformation campaign start? It actually started more than 100 years ago!!!!
This started the notion that eating cholesterol leads to plaque deposits in your arteries, and at that time it was believed that all cholesterol in your blood was due to dietary sources. This, however, is not true, as it’s now known that your liver makes about 75 percent of your body’s cholesterol. That’s right! Even if you didn’t eat any cholesterol, you would still have cholesterol in your body, which is a good thing considering it’s needed by every one of your cells to produce cell membranes.
Your diet is actually an afterthought when it comes to what your cholesterol levels will be, but this simple truth is largely ignored or unrealized even by many physicians
A high-fat diet is not true to cause cholesterol problems, but the type of fat we eat makes more a difference than the amount of fat we eat. “Trans fats or hydrogenated fats and saturated fats promote abnormal cholesterol, whereas omega-3 fats and monounsaturated fats actually improve the type and quantity of the cholesterol your body produces. In reality, the biggest source of abnormal cholesterol is not fat at all — it’s sugar. The sugar you consume converts to fat in your body. … So the real concern isn’t the amount of cholesterol we have, but the type of fats and sugar and refined carbohydrates in our diet that lead to abnormal cholesterol production. What’s more, we should be concerned about the causes of inflammation, imbalances in blood sugar and insulin, and oxidative stress. … So if you think cholesterol is the enemy, think again. Without cholesterol, you would die. In fact, people with the lowest cholesterol as they age are at highest risk of death. Under certain circumstances, higher cholesterol can actually help to increase life span.”
CALL TO ACTION
We now know that cholesterol is actually not the Villian that has been portrayed to us for so many years. It is actually a Boon. But it is up to us to adopt a Healthy Active Lifestyle.
A normal cholestorol level in our body also does not mean that everything is okay. Higher bad LDL and a lower Good HDL may give a normal report. So we need to be more carefull of what type of fat we put inside our body rather than how much fat we are eating.
With increased dependency on processed and fast foods that are high in trans fat and sugar, we are heading towards a very fast growing epidemic called obesity.
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