So Cholesterol… Bad right??
Well thats what the Pharmaceutical and Margarine Industries would like you to think..
Of the total cholesterol in our bodies – 80% is made by our liver.
Only 20% comes from food we eat. Our body NEEDS ‘good’ cholesterol to function as cholesterol roams around the body picking up deposited fat and taking it to the liver to be digested and expelled, as well as assisting with Vitamin D & Hormone production, and Cell membrane protection. Bad cholesterol on the other hand does the opposite. It deposits fat into the organs. So when you get your cholesterol tested, make sure you ask for the breakdown of LDL and HDL – normally they will just give you the total which is not really an indication of anything…
Now I mentioned Statin drugs yesterday and how they inhibit the production of Coenzyme Q10 – which is essential for energy production in the cells mitrochondria, but how do they actually lower cholesterol? Well in simple terms they stop the production of good cholesterol – so you can see why they are effective in 2 weeks – your liver stops that 80% production line and your numbers drop quickly.. but we need that 80%! With diet and lifestyle changes it can be slower but it will be much more effective and healthy in the long term… Increased fibre intake, especially with regards to oats, and psyllium are a good idea, as well as eating lots of foods rich in plant sterol (the veggie version of cholesterol!). Plant Sterol competes for absorption with cholesterol and if there is more good plant sterol available it will be triumphant – reducing cholesterol naturally just by eating well!
There was a myth going around recently that avocado would raise your cholesterol levels – this is so far from the truth its not funny. Cholesterol is only found in animal foods so how could this possibly happen?
So what should i be eating i hear you say? Wholegrains, legumes, veggies, fruits, berries, as well as good nut oils.. (You’re probably starting to see a trend here)
Now the phytosterol path is where the margarine industry sucks you in – and the promised rant is coming – but whilst they do contain plant oils I would never in a million years recommend that as a solution :)
Had you been brought up to believe that all cholesterol is bad?