CHOLESTEROL - A FRIEND OR A VILLAIN part 1
It has NEVER been scientifically proven that cholesterol causes a heart disease.
There are no diseases created by cholesterol, there are some diseases that will create high cholesterol but high cholesterol by itself is harmless.
There is a correlation of heart disease and the high cholesterol but it has never been shown that this relationship is the cause of heart disease.
We have been taught about HDL - good and LDL - bad cholesterol - myth or truth?
The fact is that there is only one cholesterol
Made out of lipoproteins and fats.
There is no bad cholesterol. We need them all because they play a different roles in our body, some are moving fat into the liver others are moving it out of the liver, different are dealing with wounds and cuts others deal with the damage to the blood vessels.
VLDL - Very-low-density lipoprotein cholesterol is produced in the liver and released into the bloodstream to supply body tissues with a type of fat (triglycerides). After being stripped off these particles it gets remodelled at the liver and transformed into LDL.
LDL - Low-density lipoprotein delivers cholesterol to cells, where it is used in membranes, or for the synthesis of steroid hormones. It brings the cholesterol and building materials from the liver to the place of the damage in the body.
HDL – High-density lipoprotein transports cholesterol from the cells and tissue back to the liver to be recycled. It helps to prevent excess cholesterol production and removes cholesterol deposited in the walls of blood vessels.
What do we need cholesterol for?
Tissue repair and healing (externally and internally),
Fighting an inflammation
Building block in production of hormones (sex hormones: estrogen, testosterone and adrenal hormones),
Helps in synthesis of Vitamin D
Nervous system/brain function and memory ( the brain is 70% made out of cholesterol)
Cell membranes to keep the good staff in the cell and protecting it from harmful particles
Energy, fat metabolism (bile acids)
LDL, VLDL are stress hormones in the body.
External stress - ("fight or fly") as I mentioned before it helps in production of adrenal hormones.
Internal stress - supports immune function, fights inflammation.
Oxidative stress - it repairs free radical damage.
it works like a survival mechanism. With low cholesterol you can’t heal yourself when there is a damage.
Liver is a mediating organ producing cholesterol. If you eat too much fat the liver is restricting a production of the cholesterol if you stop eating fat it will increase its production. It works together with the diet producing enough cholesterol for your unique body requirements. High values of LDL should make you aware that the the liver produced more cholesterol for a purpose of healing something in your body.
Why is cholesterol responsible for Atherosclerosis?
Following the Fluid Dynamics and using a river as a comparison to the blood vessel; nature transports water and sediment down the stream of the river. But the sediment or sand tends to pile up at every bend of the river.
This same happens in the body.
The sediment in that case are free radicals that pile up at every bend. It is not a fatty cholesterol that stays there, remember? HDL removes cholesterol deposited in the walls of blood vessels. There are free radicals that create oxidative damage and make the artery to tear.
Therefore the liver is sending your friendly LDL to the rescue to patch up the damage at all cost otherwise you would bleed to death.
Like a band- aid LDL stops the leak.
The repairing patch takes the space around the bend of the artery and more free radicals pile up in that place narrowing it down to create in turn high blood pressure or even blood clots.
Putting it all together:
Free radicals pile up at the bends of arteries which causes oxidative damage to artery wall. Artery wall starts to tear and the body repairs the tear with cholesterol. More damage there is more LDL is produced.
So, blaming LDL for clogged arteries is like blaming a Police Force for high crime.
DO YOU WANT TO LOWER THE CHOLESTEROL OR
LOWER THE NEED FOR ELEVATED CHOLESTEROL?
Eat, move and think in ways that are fulfilling the basic needs of your body
Change your life style
Make better food choices
Decrease sugar intake
Sugar increases uric acid content in the blood, it causes the vessels to get inflamed and torn.
Blood values help to determine the level of cholesterol that is reflecting the amount of free radicals and the body’s ability to deal with them. Free radicals are stored in the body by eating the wrong food and not having enough antioxidants to fix it. That results in chronic inflammation and higher numbers of cholesterol values.
LDL combined with calcium form plaque that leads to atherosclerosis - hardening of blood vessels.
What is calcium doing in our arteries?
Calcium does not built up in arteries when there is enough magnesium, potassium and sodium
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Disclaimer: I am not a Medical Doctor nor am I giving you any medical advise. My information is based on a research, articles and interviews by world leading Naturopathic scientists and Doctors.
For more information contact your Naturopath