For many, hearing the word “cholesterol” might seem to be a jinx and seem to connote negativity. Well, there’s more to cholesterol that what people think and you might be quite surprised.
What you may not know
Cholesterol is produced by almost every cell in the body. The cholesterol in cell membranes makes cells waterproof so there can be a different chemistry on the inside and the outside of the cell. Surprisingly, cholesterol is nature’s repair substance, used to repair wounds, including tears and irritations in the arteries.
There are many important hormones are made of cholesterol, including hormones that regulate mineral metabolism and blood sugar, hormones that help us deal with stress, and all the sex hormones, such as testosterone, estrogen and progesterone.
Cholesterol is also vital to the function of the brain and nervous system and protects us against depression. Remarkably, it plays a role in the utilization of seratonin, the body’s “feel-good” chemical. It is also the precursor of vitamin D, which is formed by the action of ultra-violet (UV-B) light on cholesterol in the skin.
Also, how would you react when you finally learn that cholesterol is a powerful antioxidant? Yes it is. Cholesterol protects us against free radicals and therefore against cancer. It also fights infection.
YES and NO
People think that only cholesterol & saturated fat clog their arteries. In fact, t here is very little cholesterol or saturated fat in the arterial plaque or clogs. Most of the material is a calcium deposit and most of the fatty acids are unsaturated. Yes, high cholesterol is really dangerous but cholesterol itself is essential to various bodily processes as mentioned above.
There’s a certain misconception about how cholesterol is linked with heart disease Cholesterol is carried through the bloodstream by low-density and high-density lipoproteins (LDL and HDL). LDL, known as bad cholesterol, and not the cholesterol it carries per se, is responsible for atherosclerosis.
On another note, some foods are believed to be the ones accused of triggering high cholesterol. For an instance, people believe that eggs amount to a lot of cholesterol and is not good to consume every day. However, dietary cholesterol is not as dangerous as was once thought. Remember that only some of the cholesterol in a food sips into your bloodstream, and if your cholesterol intake rises, your body compensates by producing less cholesterol of its own. Of course anything that is too much spells danger so consuming an egg or two a few times a week isn't dangerous. Eggs are excellent source of protein and contain unsaturated fat, a so-called good fat.
SO IF IT IS NOT (only) CHOLESTEROL, WHAT TRIGGER HEART DISEASE?
Many scientists have placed valid theories for the epidemic of heart disease that do not only point out to cholesterol
Back in the 1930s, Weston A. Price, DDS, observed that rates of heart attack rose during periods of the year when levels of vitamins A and D vitamins decreased. Also, deficiency in vitamin B12 and FOLATE became a marker for heart disease and triggered the elevation of homocysteine levels. The study discovered that cholesterol and clogged arteries are not the causes but rather the symptoms of heart disease (McCully, KS. Vascular pathology of homocysteinemia: implications for the pathogenesis of arteriosclerosis. American Journal of Pathology).
Also, it was founded that deficiencies of magnesium, copper and vanadium have been linked to heart disease. Previous research has also revealed low magnesium to be linked with all known cardiovascular risk factors like—high blood pressure, arterial plaque build-up, calcification of soft tissues, cholesterol and hardening of the arteries. The culprit—modern process-food diet as well as the stressful lifestyle.
Another indicator of probable heart attack is stress. A huge number of cases of heart attacks involved patients undergoing a stressful situation before experiencing the attack. Stress depletes the body of many nutrients, especially vitamin A which again points out to Weston Price’s study.