You have been told that fats cause cholesterol and that LDL or bad cholesterol causes heart problems…do you want to know a truth?
- First off, cholesterol is a fat that is incredibly important to the body and is the required for:
- outer rim of the cell – required to regulate what goes in and out of the cell
- bile – breaks down the fats that you digest; and allows you to absorb the good fats
- hormones – all the steroid hormones: testosterone, estrogen, cortisol, aldosterone
- Vitamin D – required to make Vitamin D
- insulation – the neurons in the brain require proper insulation to work and they need fat
- absorption of fat based vitamins: A, D,E, K
- acts as an anti-oxidant
- contributes to bone formation – they would be hollow & brittle without it
- cholesterol plaque is there to protect damaged arteries: a clogged artery is better than a ruptured one
- oxidation of cholesterol is the 1st step by which cholesterol transforms into vitamin D3
- cholesterol sulfate deficiency leads to glucose intolerance
- We have more than just HDL & LDL but instead we have:
- HDL 2a & 2b – want to be high – extracts fats from arterial walls & prevents fats from adhering to the walls
- HDL 3 – want to be lower than HDL 2
- LDL A – large & buoyant LDL – this is what you want
- LDL B – predominantly small & dense LDL – you don’t want this-> diabetes, hi bld pressure, artheriosclerosis
- LDL mixed
- LDL R – associated with a bad diet
- LDL a – a good inflammatory marker
- IDL – similar to an LDL but without the TG, transports TG fats & cholesterols; & can promote growth of atheroma
- Lp(a) Lipoprotein consists of an LDL-like particle & controlled genetically; kidney function impt for clearing it
- VLDL 1,2 – very large & transports TGs to adipose and muscle
- Is all HDL good?
While you have probably heard that your levels should be above 40, what you probably didn’t hear was that you want to make sure it is the HDL 2 that is predominant and not the HDL 3.
- Is all LDL bad?
Likewise not all LDL is the same. LDL can clump up with other particles and cause plaque & block blood BUT LDL A is a good non oxidized cholesterol whereas LDL B is not good, it is an oxidized cholesterol – thus a good oxidative stress indicator. LDL mixed or C is usually the score physicians give and does not tell us what we really need to know.
LDL R – or real LDL is associated with a bad diet and becomes a risk factor when it is above 100.
IDL – inherited independent factor that is strongly associated with coronary disease
LDLa – along with IDL is a good inflammatory marker
VLDL 1,2 – main carrier for another type of fat: Triglyecerids (a blood fat) and if too high can be a risk factor
TESTS: NMR LipoProfile measure LDL-P (particle count) (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance)
11 Power Foods that regulate cholesterols:
- Xocai chocolate
- Beans & other legumes (fiber)
- Green Tea
- Good oils: almond, coconut, sesame, sunflower (Olive is a scam & Soy/Corn are GMO)
- Nuts: 23 almonds; 14 English walnut halves; 49 pistachios; add to salads, shakes, pasta & yogurt
- Psyllium or Metamucil: mix in water or a drink
- Organic grape juice or organic red wine (drink with peppers)
- Tomatoes: lycopene
- Fruits & Vegetables: Brussels sprouts; pear & grapefruits; dried plums; nectarines; plums; apples
- Copper is required for connective tissue synthesis & Klevay showed that is associated with arteriosclerosis
- Zinc deficiency reduces the flexibility of the arteries; causes hardening inflammation of the arterial walls.
- Vitamin D: D3 requires LDL to transport; also required to transport Calcium
- Sulfur deficiency: contributes to heart dx, obesity, chronic fatique, Alzheimer’s, etc; plays a role in glucose metabolism->diabetes (sulfur bridges the two amino acid chains in insulin) (found in organic pastured eggs, brussel sprouts, legumes, asparagus, onion, garlic, kale, wheat germ)
- Magnesium and taurine deficiencies may contribute to high blood pressure and other heart problems.
- Cadmium toxicity is associated with hardening of the arteries.
- Elevated homocysteine levels are a factor in heart disease. Homocysteine is an amino acid. Its level can be reduced by increasing the intake of vitamin B6 and folic acid.
- According to Rath and Pauling”s unified theory of heart disease, the causes are deficiencies of vitamin C and lysine. These are required for collagen synthesis. This theory asserts that high levels of lipoprotein-A, part of LDL cholesterol, is responsible for arterial damage.
- Other vitamins and minerals are involved. Chromium supplements, for instance, have been shown to lower cholesterol levels. Chromium, manganese and B-complex vitamins may reduce stress by enhancing carbohydrate metabolism.
- Low thyroid activity is associated with heart disease. Hypothyroidism may have numerous causes, including nutritional deficiencies and toxic metal poisoning.
- Inflammation and infections are now known to be important in cardiovascular disease. These can include seemingly unrelated infections such as dental infections. These can spread toxins that affect every organ.
- High blood pressure from any cause is a factor.
- Smoking, diabetes, obesity, coffee-drinking and a sedentary lifestyle are risk factors. Oxidant damage from vegetable oils and other oxidant exposure contributes to vascular disease. This factor may explain why populations that consume more animal fats often have less heart disease.
- Artificially-hydrogenated fats found in margarine, dressings, fried foods and elsewhere may contribute.
- Adelle Davis in Let’s Get Well noted that “animals and human volunteers that are fed sugar instead of unrefined carbohydrates develop high cholesterol levels”.
- Familial and genetic tendencies, and emotions such as hostility appear related to heart disease.
For more information on the heart and cholesterol, read Your Heart: Are you taking care of it
Here’s to your health!
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