Understanding High Cholesterol

Almost 93,000,000 Americans over the age of 20 years old have high cholesterol. This means approximately 40% of the United States population has high cholesterol levels.

What is cholesterol?

It is a lipid fat that is made by your liver. This lipid is in every cell of your body, and it is essential to keep you healthy and living life to the full. It is the molecule that makes vitamin D in your body. It’s also responsible for the production of the male and female hormones; aldosterone, which is a water balancing hormone; and most importantly cortisol, which is an anti-stress, anti-inflammatory hormone. Cholesterol is also a component of bile which helps you digest fats and removes toxins from the body.

There are general categories of cholesterol which include total cholesterol, HDL (high density, lipoprotein) cholesterol, and LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol. When people say they have high cholesterol, they may mean high total cholesterol or high LDL cholesterol.

Just to keep it simple: the HDL and LDL cholesterol are carriers of cholesterol to the cells. LDL brings the cholesterol to the cells, whereas HDL returns the residual back to the liver to be to be used again. It’s like HDL is one train and LDL is another train The LDL train brings the cholesterol out to the cells and HDL is the train that returns the lipoprotein back to the liver to start the process again. So when a person says they have high LDL, this means the train is working well to bring it out to the cells, but the residual is not being taken back to the liver, which means you will get too much backup in the tissues. If the HDL‘s are high, this is usually very good because it returns the lipoproteins back to the liver for reuse, so if your LDL‘s are very high, but your HDL‘s are also very high, they balance each other. So you are looking for low total cholesterol, lower LDL’s, and higher HDL’s: this is the best for longevity, health, and healing.

The most important factor with cholesterol problems that nobody understands.

When you have your cholesterol checked, you’re told by your doctor your total cholesterol, your HDL, and your LDL levels. If the total cholesterol or the LDL’s are high, then doctor will put you on cholesterol-lowering medication. There are a few problems with this approach. The first question to consider: is the high cholesterol really a problem if the ratios are good? The next question is: if everything is elevated, does that mean I am going to get a heart attack or stroke? Possibly. Possibly not. What’s the difference?

It’s not the level of cholesterol, it’s not even the type of cholesterol that’s the most important — although that is second most important — the number one thing to understand is the difference between oxidized cholesterol and non-oxidized cholesterol.

What oxidizes the cholesterol?

When it gets heated: when you heat or cook the cholesterol lipid, you oxidize it and turn it into free radical-forming substances. This cholesterol is inflammatory, and it sticks to surfaces, including blood vessels. Non-oxidized cholesterol, on the other hand, comes not from cooking, but eating food in the uncooked, unprocessed state . So if you look at the animal kingdom, the animals that are carnivores, when they eat another animal, they are eating a lot of cholesterol, but it does not give them heart attacks, strokes, or heart disease. Why not?

It’s because the cholesterol is never oxidized; it’s never heated. They eat it in a living, raw state so this cholesterol does not hurt them in any way. With Americans, on the other hand, practically 99% of the cholesterol they consume is from cooked animal products, which denatures proteins and oxidizes the fats, making them inflammatory and free-radical producing. This is how we take something that is very good, very healthy, and very needed in the cells and make it become very bad, very unhealthy, and very undesirable in the cells.

The other problem with taking cholesterol medication is that it damages the liver, which is the cholesterol-producing organ in the body. You do not need to eat cholesterol: your body makes cholesterol through the liver. That’s the perfect cholesterol: it is never oxidized, living, and active cholesterol so you do not need cholesterol medication. You do need a program to balance your liver and a custom diet made from nutritional genetic testing, and most importantly to resolve all the inflaming factors in your body.

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