Cholesterol keeps you healthy!
Cholesterol is not a deadly poison, but a substance vital to the cells of all mammals.
Your body needs cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and bile acids that help you digest food in the intestines.
High blood cholesterol is said to promote atherosclerosis and thus also coronary heart disease. Many studies have shown that people whose blood cholesterol is low become just as atherosclerotic as people whose cholesterol is high.
However, too much of one type (LDL or Low-Density Liproteins) or not enough of another (HDL or High-Density Lipoproteins) can put
you at risk for heart disease, heart attack, or stroke.
Your liver and other cells produce about 75% of your blood cholesterol
Genetics plays a big role determining how much cholesterol your body produces.
Some people have genes which makes heir bodies to produce too much cholesterol, or stop them from absorbing enough cholesterol. They (could) still have high cholesterol even if they are not eating foods high in cholesterol.
Cholesterol from food
25% of your blood cholesterol comes from the food you eat.
The stomach digestive enzymes break the food down and prepare it for it for entering the small intestine.
Fats, carbohydrates and proteins are broken down in the intestines.
This nutrients(including fats) are absorbed through the intestinal walls and transported through the body.
The liver, triglycerides, cholesterol, and proteins form together to make LDL and HDL.
LDL carries cholesterol to all of the cells in the body while HDL carries cholesterol away from cells and back to the liver
The saturated fat and cholesterol in the food you eat make your blood cholesterol level go up. Too much LDL will result in cholesterol being deposited into your arteries. This can lead to heart disease, strokes and heart attack.
Your body produces three to four times more cholesterol than you eat. The production of cholesterol increases when you eat little cholesterol and decreases when you eat much. This explains why the ”prudent” diet cannot lower cholesterol more than on average a few per cent.
The only effective way to lower cholesterol is with drugs, but neither heart mortality or total mortality have been improved with drugs the effect of which is cholesterol-lowering only. On the contrary, these drugs are dangerous to your health and may shorten your life.
The new cholesterol-lowering drugs, the statins, do prevent cardio-vascular disease, but this is due to other mechanisms than cholesterol-lowering. Unfortunately, they also stimulate cancer in rodents, disturb the functions of the muscles, the heart and the brain and pregnant women
For most people, about 80 percent of the cholesterol in their blood is made by their own body, with the rest coming from their diet. In fact, your body needs cholesterol so much that it makes around 3,000 milligrams per day that’s ten times the maximum recommendation for daily dietary cholesterol. It is estimated that around thirty percent of people are sensitive to the cholesterol-raising effects of dietary cholesterol. Normally, when a healthy person eats high cholesterol foods, the liver reduces its own cholesterol production to keep blood cholesterol at a healthy level. In cholesterol-sensitive individuals, this internal monitoring mechanism doesn’t operate, so that their blood cholesterol level goes up when they eat high-cholesterol foods.
You are probably aware that there are many myths that portray fat and cholesterol as one of the worst foods you can consume. Please understand that these myths are actually harming your health. Not only is cholesterol most likely not going to destroy your health (as you have been led to believe), but it is also not the cause of heart disease.
- High-density lipoprotein or HDL: This is the “good” cholesterol that helps keep cholesterol away from your arteries and remove any excess from arterial plaque, which may help to prevent heart disease.
- Low-density lipoprotein or LDL: This “bad” cholesterol circulates in your blood and, according to conventional thinking, may build up in your arteries, forming plaque that makes your arteries narrow and less flexible (a condition called atherosclerosis). If a clot forms in one of these narrowed arteries leading to your heart or brain, a heart attack or stroke may result.