You probably believe that cholesterol is the greatest health threat facing your heart today. But truth be told, cholesterol is probably the most useful nutrient required by your body. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as good or bad cholesterol. There is only one cholesterol and it is good cholesterol.
What is wrongfully called ‘Bad cholesterol’ is a transporter of cholesterol that moves cholesterol from the liver to other parts of the body. And the so-called ‘good cholesterol’ is a transporter that moves cholesterol from other parts of the body to the liver.
Cholesterol plays such a useful role in the body that the body makes 70% of the total cholesterol in the body. Only 30% of all the cholesterol in the body comes from our diet. Cholesterol is critical for our survival. Over half of the dry weight of the brain is cholesterol. A membrane composed of cholesterol protects every cell in the body. The nerves are protected by a padding of cholesterol called the myelin sheath.
Biologists point out that the main difference between animals and plants is the presence of cholesterol in animals. Plants do not have cholesterol. Cholesterol is critical for the functioning of the brain and nervous system, and low cholesterol is associated with neurological problems including depression, insomnia, irritability and memory loss.
The underlying cause of heart disease and stroke is inflammation of the arteries and not high cholesterol. And the main cause of inflammation of arteries is toxins, especially the type known as free radicals. Inflammation attracts clotting cells or platelets to the arteries, and over time, these accumulate, eventually blocking arteries.
The body produces more cholesterol to fight inflammation. Today more and more health experts recognise that the best way to treat heart disease and stroke is not to lower cholesterol with harmful cholesterol-lowering drugs, but to reduce inflammation in the body.
Cholesterol is not a danger to health, and worse still, the medications used to lower cholesterol such as statins are one of the most poisonous drugs prescribed today. If you are worried about raised cholesterol, there are natural alternatives that do not have side effects and are more effective than statins such as policosanol.