Many people are afraid of eating different foods because of cholesterol. The fact is that most of the cholesterol in our blood is not there because of what we’ve eaten.
When we consume foods containing cholesterol, we only absorb 2 to 4 mg. of cholesterol per kilogram of body weight per day. So, even if we were to eat a dozen eggs each day, we would only absorb 300 mg which is, by the way, the recommended daily amount.
Where does most of the cholesterol come from?
Our livers make approximately 75% of the cholesterol that exists in our blood. The more cholesterol we eat, the less the body will make. The less cholesterol we eat, the more the body will make.
If Cholesterol was so bad, why would the body make so much?
How does the body use cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a good thing. It is essential and used by the body to build cell walls and produce hormones. The body produces its own supply of cholesterol in the liver, and it’s found naturally in all animal products (such as meats, eggs, milk, and cheese).
Cholesterol is used by the body to:
1) Build and maintain cell membranes
2) It is essential for determining which molecules can pass into the cell wall and which cannot (called cell membrane permeability)
3) Used in the production of the sex hormones – estrogen and testosterone.
4) It is essential for the production of hormones released by the adrenal glands – cortisol, corticosterone, aldosterone, etc.
5) It aids in the production of bile which is necessary for digestion of fats.
6) It converts sunshine to Vitamin D in the body.
7) It is important for the metabolism of fat soluble vitamins, including A, D, E, and K.
8) It insulates the nerves. Cholesterol is used by the body to make the lining of the nerves (called the myelin sheath) which is much like a protective coating around an electrical wire.
9) The brain is made of cholesterol.
What is the problem with cholesterol?
High cholesterol is talked about as being a threat to a healthy heart. When excess amounts of cholesterol build up along the walls of the arteries, the heart faces the risk of a complete blockage, leading to a heart attack or stroke.
Why doesn’t the body eliminate this extra cholesterol?
A educational video from Dr Berg Cholesterol, Thyroid & Gallbladder
What is Cholesterol?
We hear the term LDL as the bad cholesterol. LDL stands for Low Density protein. It is a lipoprotein.
What is a Lipoprotein?
A lipoprotein is any of a group of soluble proteins that combine with and transport fat or other lipids in the blood plasma (fluid).
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) refers to lipoprotein particles that carry cholesterol throughout the body, delivering it to the different organs and tissues for use by the body’s cells.
If your body has more cholesterol than it needs, the excess keeps circulating in your blood. This can cause a build-up of cholesterol on the vessel lining. This is called plaque. This is why it’s called Bad Cholesterol.
High-density lipoproteins (HDL) refer to lipoproteins that carry cholesterol from the body’s tissues to the liver. They act as cholesterol scavengers, picking up extra cholesterol in the blood and taking it back to the liver to be broken down.
Because HDL can remove extra cholesterol from the blood and from deposits of lipid-containing plaques on the innermost layer of the wall of an artery, and transport it back to the liver for excretion or re-utilization, they are seen as “good” lipoproteins.
Could your Dangerous Cholesterol Comes from Carbs Not Fat?*
*Study PubMed.gov (blood lipids is a term used for all the fatty substances found in the blood, including cholesterol and triglycerides)
What is the solution?
Cholesterol poses a problem only when the body is unable to use or eliminate excessive amounts of cholesterol in the blood. .
Artificially lowering cholesterol
I’m sure you have heard of or you might be taking the prescription “statin” drugs to lower your cholesterol? It is hard on the liver and is why your liver metabolism must be monitored by the prescribing doctor. They block cholesterol in the body. But as above, you need the HDL Cholesterol to remove excess cholesterol from the blood.
What does help to lower cholesterol?
A diet that is not processed and does not contain high amounts of sugar and carbohydrates (carbohydrates are really sugar molecules hooked together). A diet with sufficient fiber, vegetables and fruit.
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Exercise is very important and even with a high fat diet you can lower your cholesterol just by taking a half hour walk day.
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What supplements can I take?
Clinical studies indicate that plant sterols can help reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the small intestine by up to 50%.
This can lower LDL when consumed as part of a healthy diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
What ingredients should be used and how do they lower cholesterol?
Cholesterol is an essential part of the every cell membrane. High blood levels of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol are known to contribute to this process of plaque formation, while ‘good’ HDL cholesterol has been found to offer protection.
HDL, or “good,” cholesterol picks up excess bad cholesterol in your blood and takes it back to your liver for disposal.
The higher your HDL cholesterol, the less bad cholesterol you’ll have in your blood.
Phytosterols (plant sterols)– Phytosetols is a cholesterol reducing ingredient.
Numerous clinical trials in controlled settings have reported that the daily consumption of 1.5 to 3 grams of phytosterols can reduce total cholesterol levels by between 8 and 17% which is a significant reduction.
A review of 84 clinical trials in the Journal of Nutrition, authored by researchers from Unilever R&D and Wageningen University, concluded that phytosterol-enriched foods are effective for reducing levels of LDL cholesterol.
Vitamin B3 – Niacin, a B vitamin, has long been used to increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or the “good,” cholesterol. HDL cholesterol helps sweep up low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or the “bad,” cholesterol, in your bloodstream.
Niacin (nicotinic acid) is a B vitamin. It is used as a treatment to increase your HDL cholesterol by 15 to 35%. It is the most effective supplement available for raising HDL.
It has been safely used for 60 years to control cholesterol, with some 42,000 scientific papers in PubMed describing its benefits and effects.
“Unlike statin drugs, which mainly reduce LDL cholesterol, niacin is a very safe, effective treatment for all lipid issues, improving levels of both good and bad cholesterol and triglycerides.” says Bradley Bale, MD medical director of the Heart Health Program for Grace Clinic in Lubbock, Texas.
Vitamin D3 Studies seem to show that individuals with higher levels of vitamin D have lower cholesterol are generally healthier overall than individuals with low levels of vitamin D.
Policosanal: Policosanol is the generic term for a natural mixture of long chain alcohols extracted from plant waxes. It has been shown to lower low density lipoprotein levels (LDL) and total cholesterol levels, raise high density lipoproteins (HDL) as well as prevent the blood from clotting.
Healthy Cholesterol Levels – Naturally
There is currently a new product the RHP® Cholesterol Support Formula
The ingredients in this formula are as follows and have all the recommended ingredients:
1,300 mgs of Phytoserols (plant sterols)
25 mgs of Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
1,000 IU of Vitamin D3
20 mgs of Polycosannol 95% extract
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