Cholesterol is essential for our health. It allows our body to make repairs, insulate our nerves, form cell membranes, and produce vitamin D as well as certain hormones. The body manufactures 70-80% of our total cholesterol, the rest comes from diet. (The less we eat the more the body produces.)
Cholesterol is not the root cause of heart disease. Cardiovascular disease begins with damage to the artery walls, caused by free radicals. The body tries to repair the damage, and cholesterol is one of the last substances laid down in the plaque. This is not to say that elevated cholesterol levels are OK, but we have to do some detective work to find out what causes cholesterol levels to increase in the first place. An interesting fact is that blood cholesterol levels rise more in response to dietary sugar, caffeine and alcohol than they do in response to either dietary fats or cholesterol. (Of course we all know that we have to avoid trans fats. This is important because they cause inflammation.) Eating coconut oil and coconut products on the other hand protects against bacteria and viruses that can cause inflammation in the artery wall. Cod liver oil is an excellent source of anti-inflammatory vitamin A, vitamin D and EPA. Evening primrose, borage and black currant oils are sources of GLA, which the body uses to make anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. Reduced fat milks and powdered milk products (including powdered whey) contain oxidized cholesterol, and can cause irritation to the walls of the arteries.
Dr. Mercola posted this chart that gives a more realistic view of reading your cholesterol numbers.
Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your meal.....it won't hurt to enjoy all the goodies for one day!
Submitted by Nutrition by Tricia