What do you know about Cholesterol?
1. Egg consumption has little influence on blood cholesterol.
2. In most people only a small amount of cholesterol in food passes into the blood. Trans fats & saturated fats have a much bigger effect on blood cholesterol.
3. Our brains are largely made up of cholesterol and saturated fats.
4. Cholesterol is essential to life and your body cannot function without it; no cell in your body can form without cholesterol.
5. Cholesterol helps your body heal and repair.
6. Your body cannot make important hormones (estrogen, testosterone, cortisone, and other vital hormones) without cholesterol.
7. Cholesterol is only found in animal tissues (meat, poultry, fish, and insects)
8. Infants need cholesterol for proper brain development (preferably supplied by human milk).
9. Cholesterol in the skin help the production of vitamin D. (The UVB rays + cholesterol on your skin =Vitamin D3)
10. Cholesterol is vital for neurological function.
11. Cholesterol is necessary for fat digestion.
12. Cholesterol is one of the most misunderstood biological molecules. (It is actually an alcohol)
13. Cholesterol is never used by the body for energy.
14. Your adrenal hormones (adrenal glands secrete hormones in response to stress) are made up of cholesterol. Hence why your cholesterol levels are high during stressful times.
15. Cholesterol acts as an antioxidant.
Therefore, blame the real culprits of heart disease: grain fed meats, sugar, processed foods, refined carbohydrates, oxidized cholesterol and fats, trans fats, sedentary lifestyle, emotional stress, excessive alcohol and smoking. All of the above cause systemic inflammation in the body which then causes an array of health problems.
Consuming organic grass-fed/grass finished meats, wild game and organic pastured-raised eggs is perfectly healthy in moderation. If you have high cholesterol eat Real, Whole Foods, exercise and get plenty of sleep.
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2. Dr. Mercola retrieved from http://www.mercola.com/
3. Dr. Rosedale retrieved from http://drrosedale.com/rosedale_writing.htm