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| John W. Jones, MD, MPH|
Nutritional Consultant, Nutrition Pure and Simple
Cholesterol is a precursor for steroid (and ALL) hormones and is a precursor for parts of all cell membranes.
There is disagreement about using medication to lower cholesterol in patients who do not have CHD.
We are not discussing familial hypercholesteremia.
Cholesterol is intimately tied to thyroid function. If cholesterol is high, have your thyroid tested. In my early years in medicine this was the way to measure thyroid function. If the thyroid is not functioning well the cholesterol levels increase.
High cholesterol is also an indicator of inflammation - especially inflammation in the arterial walls. Inflammation is very much involved in many degenerative diseases, like arthritis. The body sends cholesterol to act as a band-aid to protect against the damaging effects of inflammation and free radical oxidative stress. C-Reactive Protein is an excellent test for inflammation.
According to the Mayo Clinic, very low levels of LDL cholesterol are associated with cancer, hemorrhagic stroke, depression, anxiety and other conditions (which are still being studied and debated). One interesting piece of information: while some studies show that certain food choices, meat high in saturated fat, for instance, can cause an increase in LDL cholesterol; what is not reported is that there is also an increase in HDL cholesterol. This increase in HDL may be even greater than the LDL rise. In other words, both the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ cholesterol go up.
From a number of studies one can deduce: Replacing Fats with Carbs in the diet leads to Diabetes and other chronic diseases. In fact, fat is one of the 3 main nutrients needed by the body (fat, protein & carbs). In addition to that, cholesterol can be made from more than one source; fatty acids, amino acids and/or glucose. NO OTHER chemical in our body has so many options for its manufacture. The body the presence of this protective and beneficial substance.
Talking about cholesterol; Dr Kabara, in his book Fats are good for you and other secrets states: “..we would not be able to make or require a substance that would be toxic or harmful..” Dr Kabara points to another interesting cholesterol phenomena: if you lower your dietary intake of cholesterol, the body makes more of it. If you raise your dietary intake the body makes less cholesterol.
Fats needed and used by the body come in various saturations and chain lengths (1 to 30 carbons - with 12-18 being the most common)
(1-5), (6-12), (13-21) and (22 or more)
Short chains can be made in the intestines by fermenting fiber; another reason for emphasizing the fiber content of food. ...and a very good reason to ensure a healthy GUT environment with a good probiotic -
Some fats are saturated (naturally) and some are unsaturated, some are polyunsaturated
Some fats are 'essential' because the body cannot make them - yet it must have them For this reason my first nutritional recommendation is . It provides preformed, Polyunsaturated Omega 3 & Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids (PUFAs). These are lacking in our typical Western diet. The addition of ensures that the body can perform its various metabolic activities in processing these PUFAs
- saturated or otherwise
While on the subject; Ketone bodies are a consequence of a low carbohydrate or ketogenic diet, and one rich in coconut and coconut oil. Ketones are used as fuel by heart, brain & muscles. All fatty acids are very high energy fuels. The website CoconutOil.com is a wealth of information about coconut oil, monolaurin, and cholesterol. The studies dispute many of the incorrect, misleading and downright deceptive information readily available to those searching.
|This information has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. |
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