The case against cholesterol, which was made nearly 30 years ago, was based on faulty evidence. Continuing to believe that saturated fat causes heart disease, cholesterol clogs your arteries is a false belief.
We need cholesterol to help make major sex hormones, including estrogen, progesterone. and testosterone. It’s needed for the immune system, and it’s needed for the brain. (one of the most serious side effects of cholesterol-lowering medication is memory loss.). This soft, waxy substance is found not only in your bloodstream, but also in every cell in your body, where it helps to produce cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D and bile acids that help you to digest fat. Cholesterol also helps in the formation of your memories and is vital for neurological function.
What is the major cause of Heart disease?
Conventional medicine misses the boat entirely when they dangerously recommend that lowering cholesterol with drugs is the way to reduce your risk of heart attacks, because what is actually needed is to address whatever is causing your body damage — and leading to increased inflammation and then increased cholesterol. Heart disease is more likely to be a result of stress and the consumption of processed foods, especially refined sugar.
Sugar creates inflammation throughout the body. This systemic inflammation damages the lining of your arteries. It actually causes wear and tear to the once smooth inner lining of artery walls. Once you’ve developed lesions in your arteries, the cholesterol in your bloodstream comes along and tries to repair this damage. Cholesterol has a vital role in healing and repair of tissues in your body. The problem is, cholesterol can accumulate in your arteries, causing them to narrow and thus restricting blood flow. Cholesterol is not the initiating factor in artery damage; it is only serving a protective and healing role.
If your cholesterol is high, you need to find the reason.
Your liver makes about 75 percent of your body’s cholesterol. Cholesterol production increases when the body is under stress: emotional stress can cause elevated cholesterol because the stress hormone cortisol is made out of cholesterol. Physical stress on the body can also elevate cholesterol. Because cholesterol helps to repair and heal your body, you will produce more if there is a great deal of inflammation occurring in your body. So all those factors above that raise inflammation, can raise your cholesterol too.
Therefore the treatment for elevated cholesterol can be quite simple – lower the inflammation and you’ll also lower the cholesterol.
Other factors that may cause elevated cholesterol include:
Having an unhealthy liver. Since your liver is the main site of cholesterol production, it makes sense that the health of this vital organ determines how high your cholesterol is and how much of the good cholesterol is in your body. If you have a fatty liver it is vital to do something about it. See the diet guidelines in the book . Taking a good liver tonic like will provide your liver cells with what they need to repair themselves and improve their fat burning abilities.
An under active thyroid is a very common cause of high cholesterol, especially in women. Your thyroid doesn’t even need to be very under active; quite commonly we see patients who are in the gray zone – their thyroid is not healthy but not bad enough for their doctor to take notice and recommend treatment. We have covered this topic in detail in our book .
Sugar and all carbohydrate rich foods can raise your cholesterol because your liver turns the carbohydrate into fat. Therefore cutting down or cutting out foods like bread, pasta, rice, breakfast cereals, sugary drinks and any food that contains flour or sugar is a very useful way of keeping your cholesterol in the healthy range. I know it can feel almost impossible to quit eating sugar, especially if your body is accustomed to it and you suffer with unstable blood sugar (hypoglycaemia). That’s when a blood sugar balancing supplement can really help. The herbs Gymnema and bitter melon, as well as the minerals chromium, magnesium and manganese all help to stabilize blood sugar and thereby reduce hunger and cravings. contain these ingredients and are best taken with each meal.
Too much unhealthy fat. Most vegetable oil is far too high in omega 6 fats which promote inflammation. When these fats are heated (during cooking) they are further damaged and become very harmful to the body. The healthiest fats to include in your diet are avocados, extra virgin olive oil, macadamia nut oil, organic coconut oil, pastured butter and ghee. The last three fats are best for cooking.
Cholesterol Is Neither ‘Good’ Nor ‘Bad’
Your Total Cholesterol Level Is NOT a Great Indicator of Your Heart Disease Risk
There is no such thing as good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. Cholesterol is cholesterol. It has to be said that there is actually only one type of cholesterol. Ron Rosedale, MD, who is widely considered to be the leading anti-aging doctor in the United States, explaines this concept:
“Notice please that LDL and HDL are lipoproteins — fats combined with proteins. There is only one cholesterol. There is no such thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ cholesterol. Cholesterol is just cholesterol. It combines with other fats and proteins to be carried through the bloodstream, since fat and our watery blood do not mix very well. Fatty substances therefore must be shuttled to and from our tissues and cells using proteins. LDL and HDL are forms of proteins and are far from being just cholesterol. In fact we now know there are many types of these fat and protein particles. LDL particles come in many sizes and large LDL particles are not a problem. Only the so-called small dense LDL particles can potentially be a problem, because they can squeeze through the lining of the arteries and if they oxidize, otherwise known as turning rancid, they can cause damage and inflammation. Thus, you might say that there is ‘good LDL’ and ‘bad LDL.’ Also, some HDL particles are better than others. Knowing just your total cholesterol tells you very little. Even knowing your LDL and HDL levels will not tell you very much.”
How to Reduce Inflammation in the body:
Eating an anti-inflammatory diet. Vegetables, wild Fish, grass fed Beef, pastured Eggs, grass fed Butter, Coconut Oil, animal lard, wild game, seeds, nuts.
Take CoQ10, especially if you are taking statin drugs.
Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and reduces inflammation in the body. Can be made into a tea or in capsule form.
Other supplements that are useful:
Red rice yeast extract – This stuff actually contains the same ingredient found in statin drugs. This should be taken under your doctor’s supervision – powerful stuff. 600 to 1200 mg twice a day with food.
Omega-3 oils – Anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting. They can also help to convert small dense LDL particles into larger buoyant versions. That’s a good thing. 1 to 4 grams a day.
Niacin (vitamin B3) – This can increase HDL while decreasing LDL and Lp(a). Watch out for niacin-induced flushing, which is the result of vasodilatation. Decrease the flushing by taking the niacin with food or a small dose of aspirin. Too much B3 can cause liver stress and toxicity. 500 to 2000 mg daily with food.
L-carnitine – This stuff can help to control Lp(a). 1 gram twice per day can be helpful.
Reducing cortisol levels will reduce inflammation: Do this by reducing stress, letting go of guilt, not taking life so seriously, forgiving others, laughing and fostering positive relationships.