Understanding Cholesterol

heart diseaseWhen your cholesterol is high, there is an increased risk of heart disease. This causes immediate myths about saturated fats, which demonizes certain categories of food. Egg and healthy oils are two of them. We are all advised to keep our cholesterol as low as possible or we will suffer serious complications. However, this is not necessarily a precursor to poor health nor is it an indicator of heart disease.

There are people whose total cholesterol levels are over 250, but had a low risk of developing heart disease. Then there are some patients who were highly at risk for heart disease, in spite of having low cholesterol levels under 200. Some of the conventional physicians neglect to tell you the truth, that your body actually needs cholesterol. There are better indicators of your heart health than just by your total cholesterol levels.

About 25% of your cholesterol is produced from the foods you eat and 75% is from your liver. The waxy substance is essential for the production of:

  • Cell membranes

  • Hormones

  • Bile acids for fat metabolism

  • Vitamin D

Cholesterol contributes to the formation of memories and is crucial for neurological function. It also affects the formation of serotonin that is a hormone involved in your mood regulation. Studies show that people with insufficient levels of cholesterol have a higher chance of developing depression and suicidal thoughts. Some might experience an increased capacity for violence and aggression. Extremely low cholesterol can raise your risk of cancer and Parkinson’s disease. A rise in these levels occurs in response to damaged cells. Your body is working to repair or create new cells when a high amount of this substance is in your bloodstream.

If your levels of cholesterol are elevated, you do not require statins, but millions are taking them. We are all led to believe that this class of cholesterol-lowering drug is the answer to normalizing our cholesterol levels, when over 900 studies document their adverse effects. Statins deplete your CoQ10 levels, or Coenzyme. This is a substance that plays a crucial role in the creation of your ATP molecules needed for cellular energy production. The CoQ10 deficiency can also yield to a number of complications, including heart failure. Doctors, unfortunately, base judgment on numbers and then prescribe the dangerous statins.

You should not fear cholesterol to the point that you need toxic drugs to suppress it. Stay within an optimal range and know how your cholesterol works. Do not rely on the myths about cholesterol and statins. Take control of your health and review medical articles on statins and their effects. Just FYI, we learned in medical school that pinto beans and the herb Guggle was good for high cholesterol.

-Dr Fredda Branyon