But what if I were to say that most of what you have been told about cholesterol is either not entirely accurate, or downright WRONG?
The average person’s understanding of cholesterol is the result of careful manipulation by food companies and statin manufacturers…both of which want to scare you into using their products.
But when you understand what cholesterol really is, you see that it’s something your body needs—without it you would die!
When you run into trouble with cholesterol is when your body’s “cholesterol delivery system” isn’t working like it should, and all the low cholesterol foods and statins in the world can’t change that.
Here’s what you need to know…
The real truth about cholesterol
Cholesterol plays several vital roles in keeping you healthy and alive:
1- Healing ointment
Cholesterol is your body's healing ointment.
When your blood vessels become damaged by things such as aging, inflammation, high blood pressure, wear and tear or free radical damage, cholesterol comes to the rescue to repair the damage.
If your arterial damage is allowed to worsen and inflammation becomes chronic, cholesterol is repeatedly summoned to the scene over and over...and that's when you can run the risk of cholesterol accumulation.
But it's the inflammation in your blood vessels that's the culprit here. The cholesterol is only trying to help and ends up guilty by association.
2- Nervous system health
Breast milk is inherently very rich in cholesterol--that should clue you in that it's pretty important.
Babies and children MUST have cholesterol to ensure proper development of their brain and nervous system.
And we adults need it too.
Cholesterol is crucial for proper functioning of the serotonin receptors in your brain. (Serotonin is your body's natural antidepressant.) Low levels of cholesterol have been linked to aggressive and violent behavior, depression and suicidal ideation.
3- Digestive health
Your liver’s bile salts are made from cholesterol.
Since bile is needed for fat digestion, low cholesterol levels can lead to low bile salt production and poor digestion of fats (i.e.: lots of burping, belching and floating BMs, plus deficiencies in fat-soluble vitamins).
Cholesterol also helps maintain the strength and health of your gut wall. That's why low-cholesterol diets have been associated with leaky gut syndrome and other intestinal disorders.
4- Vitamin D & hormones
Your body uses cholesterol to manufacture Vitamin D when you're exposed to the sun.
Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and nervous system, proper growth, muscle tone, insulin production, cancer and heart disease prevention and immune system function.
Your body also needs cholesterol to make your stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) as well as the sex hormones androgen, testosterone, estrogen and progesterone.
5- Strong cell walls
Cholesterol gives your cell membranes strength and stability, so they can keep nutrients in and escort wastes out.
It's also an opportunity for deception that makes food companies richer and here’s how:
Food companies market their highly processed vegetable oils as “heart healthy” and proudly claim that they help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.
What a crock.
First, when vegetable oils are heated, they form dangerous compounds similar to artery wrecking trans-fats! So the "heart healthy oil" you're cooking with stirs up inflammation in your vessels.
Second, an excess of vegetable oils in your diet makes your cell walls weak and flabby. When your body senses this, it pulls cholesterol from your blood and drives it into your cells to strengthen the walls.
When this happens, your blood cholesterol level understandably goes down!
And finally, cholesterol is also...
6- An antioxidant!
More and more studies are showing that cholesterol acts as an antioxidant, protecting your body against the free radical damage that leads to heart disease and cancer!
It also helps to explain why cholesterol levels typically go up with age. The older we get, the more free radical protection our aging tissues need.
There’s only ONE kind!
As you can see from what I've said above, cholesterol is VITAL to your health! So get the idea right out of your head that it's the devil.
Another common cholesterol misconception comes from what's commonly called the "2 types of cholesterol"--HDL and LDL.
Actually, HDL and LDL are not types of cholesterol at all, but instead are lipoproteins that are cholesterol "carriers."
They function like the candy coating on M&Ms. Just as the candy shell on M&Ms prevents the chocolate insides from getting all over your hands, the lipoproteins HDL and LDL form a coating around cholesterol (and other nutrients) and transport them to wherever they're needed--without smearing their messy insides all over your artery walls.
Low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) carry cholesterol to the various cells and tissues where they're needed, "dropping off" a portion of their "chocolate" insides and then it's off to the next stop.
Following this, high-density lipoproteins (HDLs) come through, mop up any excess cholesterol and bring it to your liver to either be recycled (if it’s usable) or eliminated (if it’s worn out).
Then your liver "repackages" any usable cholesterol with its own "candy coating" (called VLDLs or Very low-density lipoproteins) and sends it back off into circulation, so your body can use it where necessary.
When this process works properly as Nature intended, your arteries stay wide-open, pink, healthy and CLEAN.
Should you choose "low cholesterol" foods?
Contrary to what most people think, only 25% or less of the cholesterol in your body is from your food--your liver and most of your other cells produce the vast majority (at least 75%) of it.
And of the cholesterol that you do eat, your body only absorbs about half of it.
So don't bother buying those expensive, taste-like-shredded-cardboard low cholesterol foods that make food companies richer and you no healthier.
So...what IS the problem with cholesterol?
The problem with cholesterol stems from a malfunction with the “cholesterol delivery system” I described above.
And that is the result of either:
1- Poor elimination of worn-out, excess cholesterol
Here's the scoop:
Cholesterol is a very hard, waxy substance which has a melting point of 300° F. This makes it difficult for your body to eliminate it.
Your body depends on strong digestion, and the assistance of Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber to get rid of excess cholesterol through your GI tract.
If old cholesterol is not eliminated, it can be reabsorbed back into circulation...and make its way to glom up your artery walls.
So if you can't remember the last time you had a decent BM, eat a typical processed food diet (which is deficient in Omega-3 EFAs) and wouldn't know fiber if it jumped up and bit you in the derriere, you may be in cholesterol-elimination trouble.
Plus sugar "mixes up" your lipid cycle, causing LDLs to miss their cholesterol "deliveries" and be in circulation too long, and the HDL "clean-up crew" to get jammed up.
This means your cholesterol doesn't get to the cells that need it, and excesses don't get cleared away...so instead the cholesterol can accumulate in your arteries.
How to REALLY keep your cholesterol "healthy"
In order to keep your cholesterol levels healthy you need to support the cholesterol delivery system in your body!
And that can be accomplished with the help of these 3 steps:
1- Eat your way to healthy cholesterol
It’s crucial to have a healthy, whole foods diet that minimizes refined carbohydrates and helps you get natural dietary sources of fiber.
Now don’t think I’m talking about existing on celery and water!
You can enjoy delicious good-for-you foods (plus better digestion) when you use my Great Taste No Pain system.
Great Taste No Pain teaches you all the dangers of eating refined carbs and bad fats, and encourages a more balanced diet including proteins, fiber-rich fresh vegetables and fruits, healthy fats, whole grains and legumes.
Plus Great Taste No Pain shows you which combinations of food digest best together to help support regular BMs.
Bye-bye excess cholesterol!
And Great Taste No Pain also gives you a collection of scrumptious recipes that will make a healthy diet lover out of you!
2- Support an ideal fatty acid balance
When you have too many Omega-6 EFAs and too few Omega-3s (like most people with a typical diet), you're stirring up inflammation in your arteries and sounding the alarm for cholesterol to show up.
But when you bring the balance closer to the ideal 3:1 range, the Omega EFAs work together to keep inflammation low.
VitalMega-3 can help you achieve this optimal balance.
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported decreases in cholesterol of up to 20% in just 10 DAYS by boosting Omega-3 EFA's through diet and supplementation!
VitalMega-3 is a pharmaceutical-grade molecularly distilled fish oil that provides an artery-healthy 1,200 mg of medical-grade Omega-3s in each daily two-capsule serving.
3- Probiotics can help too
Probiotics help reduce blood cholesterol by creating acids that counter cholesterol production, by breaking down bile acids so excess cholesterol is used up to make more, and by eating excess cholesterol!
And when it comes to a probiotic that's up to this crucial task, look no further than Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula!
One of Super Shield's powerhouse strains of bacteria, Lactobacillus Acidophilus DDS-1, is a Superstar when it comes to fighting cholesterol.
Plus Super Shield’s other 12 strains help support regular BMs, so your excess cholesterol can be eliminated like it should.
Congratulations--now you know the REAL truth about cholesterol and will no longer be a victim of fear mongering by food or drug companies.
To your health,