Right now, cholesterol is a hot topic and often portrayed as a villain. However, perhaps there’s more to the story. First, let’s explore some of the terms and language commonly used when discussing cholesterol. Then, we’ll delve deeper into the biomechanics and functions of cholesterol and consider why our current viewpoint may be premature.

Understanding Lipoproteins

When your doctor tells you about “high cholesterol,” it typically refers to an elevated LDL-C level. This means that you have a high concentration of low-density lipoproteins in your blood. These lipoproteins are crucial for emulsifying oily substances, as blood is primarily water-based. Without this process, oil and water cannot mix, leading to potential problems. As a result, your body has developed a mechanism for using lipoproteins to transport these oily substances through your bloodstream.

LDL vs. HDL: Decoding the Different Types of Cholesterol

LDL and HDL have different protein-to-fat ratios. To visualize this, you can think of lipoproteins as delivery trucks. The truck represents the protein portion of the lipoprotein, which remains constant. However, the packages that the truck carries determine if it’s an LDL or HDL.

LDL delivers cholesterol and other fat-soluble nutrients from the liver to tissue repair, inflammation, or steroid glands. In contrast, HDL transports oxidized cholesterol and other fatty substances back to the liver for reuse or excretion. Therefore, the trucks have unique functions.

Beyond LDL and HDL: Exploring Other Lipoproteins and Their Role in Cholesterol

Now, let’s shift our focus to the less talked-about lipoproteins, namely VLDL (very low-density lipoproteins) and chylomicrons.

Despite differences in size and fat-to-protein ratios, these lipoproteins share some similarities. However, their functions and levels depend on various factors, including diet, environment, stress, and health conditions. It’s worth noting that high levels of triglycerides, which are associated with negative health outcomes such as metabolic syndrome[1], are a serious but often overlooked issue.
Metabolic syndrome is characterized by elevated blood sugar and triglycerides, which prevent the body from entering a state of ketosis where it burns fat for energy. This state is crucial and should be attained regularly, if not daily. Overeating and frequent blood sugar spikes hinder the body from reaching this state. By simply abstaining from food (fasting), we can lower blood sugar, triglyceride[2], and insulin resistance levels.

The Dark Side of LDL-C: Understanding Why it’s Hated in Cholesterol Management?

LDL-C has a bad reputation due to its correlation with heart disease, but it’s essential to note that correlation does not imply causation. Inflammation, which damages tissues and causes LDL-C to be transported to where it’s needed, is the real issue. However, inflammation can be advantageous as it increases blood flow and immunity to repair damage.

Inflammatory molecules such as histamine leukocytes are released during tissue damage to enhance immunity and blood flow and bring nutrients for repair. Nevertheless, if inflammation persists, nutrients get depleted, the immune system becomes exhausted, and the body can’t meet the repair demand.

Cholesterol is crucial for cellular repair, used in every cell and lipid membrane, and 25% is found in the brain[3]. Hormones like testosterone, cortisol, and vitamin D are produced using cholesterol. Stressed bodies require more cholesterol, and LDL’s function is to transport cholesterol produced by the liver to where it’s needed, such as endocrine glands and inflamed tissues.

Cholesterol: The Villainized Hero? Debunking Myths and Understanding the Truth

Understanding why we got it wrong is difficult. While elevated cholesterol correlates with heart disease, it’s essential to note that cholesterol protects and repairs inflammation, including in artery walls during atherosclerosis. Moreover, cholesterol is currently being researched as an antioxidant. If this information doesn’t alter your perception of cholesterol, nothing will.

Putting Knowledge into Action

We now know that chronic inflammation is the real culprit. To reduce the inflammatory load on your body, it’s best to reduce exposure to environmental toxins (which is another topic for another day) and avoid oxidized vegetable oils by not cooking with them. Additionally, stay away from sugar, especially refined sugars. These two foods, rancid oil, and sugars, are the most significant contributors to inflammation in the modern diet. Ensure that you consume enough saturated fat because that’s what your body uses to produce the cholesterol it needs. Don’t avoid healthy foods because you’re afraid of the cholesterol they contain. In reality, eggs, fatty fish, and organ meats promote vibrant health.

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  1. Gina 3 de April, 2020at3:21 PM

    Good read. Lots of great info. Always ask your doctor to look further if you eat a healthy diet and have the info you need to back your suggestion.

    1. The Wizard 5 de June, 2020at10:59 AM

      Thankyou Gina! Yes, always work a professional! Dont let then tell you cholesterol is evil though! Find someone worth your time and money!


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