The Magical Biological Powers of Cholesterol.
That’s certainly not a headline you’ll find in the mainstream news.
That’s unfortunate, the preponderance of physiological and biological evidence supports the idea that cholesterol is absolutely vital to the optimal wellbeing and functioning of the human organism.
To completely describe the many roles of cholesterol in the body, one would have to write a very large book.
Here are some snippets:
- Cholesterol helps regulate cell fluidity and permeability. In other words, our cells could NOT adapt properly to our environment without cholesterol. The significance of this can’t be overstated.
- Cholesterol helps promote repair of damaged nerves:
- Cholesterol is a necessary precursor for the production of hormones:
- Cholesterol may help prevent cognitive decline in humans:
This is not all that shocking, considering roughly 20% of the brain’s structural matter consists of cholesterol and it is essential for the proper signaling of brain neurotransmitters like GABA, Serotonin, and Dopamine.
I’m really just scratching the surface here in the discussion of cholesterol’s multitude of roles in the human body.
With such important roles in the body, surely, we must have good reason for the common recommendation to get cholesterol levels lower in the body for better health outcomes?
The reality is, we do not. Many clinical trials have shown that lowering cholesterol showed no mortality benefits:
Other data corroborates these trials:
All-Cause mortality was LOWEST in people with total cholesterol levels between 220-240.
Eating cholesterol rich foods, which also happen to be dense with many other nutrients, should not be avoided! Which is why my family and I eat this way.
“HIGHER egg consumption NOT associated with significantly increased risk of overall cardiovascular disease events.”
“Higher egg consumption (more than 1 egg/day) associated with significantly DECREASED risk of overall cardiovascular disease events”
Do not fear your egg yolks, folks!