Cholesterol is produced by almost every cell in the human body. Cholesterol in the cell membranes makes cells waterproof, so there can be different chemistry on the inside and the outside of the cell.
Cholesterol is nature’s repair substance, used to repair wounds, tears, and irritations in the arteries. Many important hormones are made of cholesterol, including hormones that regulate metabolism and blood sugar, hormones that help us deal with stress, and all the sex hormones, such as testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. Cholesterol is vital to the function of the brain and nervous system.
It protects us against depression: it plays a role in the utilization of serotonin, an important “feel good” chemical. Bile salts, needed for the digestion of fats, are made from cholesterol. Cholesterol is the precursor of vitamin D, which is formed by the action of ultra-violet (VV-B) light on cholesterol in the skin. It is a powerful antioxidant that protects us against free radicals in the cell membrane and, therefore, against cancer. LDL -cholesterol fights against infections and toxins.
If you are worried about heart disease and cholesterol-don’t. The unnecessary worry isn’t good for your health. Instead, avoid processed foods. Eat healthy grass-fed meats and wild-caught seafood when eating animal proteins. Do not consume a high protein diet lacking in nutrients that can deplete vitamin A and lead to heart disease. Take a cod liver oil supplement to ensure adequate levels of vitamins A, D, and K2. Maintain a healthy weight-neither too heavy or too thin. Engage in moderate exercise in the outdoors. Do not smoke and avoid exposure to environmental toxins.
There are numerous dangers of statin drugs. Modern cholesterol-lowering drugs act by inhibiting an enzyme needed for the formation of cholesterol in the liver. These statins are sold as Lipitor, Mevacor, Prevacol, Zocor, etc. There are numerous side effects of these drugs. The most common being weakness and muscle wasting.
These result from the statin interference with the production of Coenzyme Q10. The heart muscle depends on a plentiful supply of Co-Q10. Many people complain of brain fog and memory loss.
There have been limited studies out to date, but in every study with rodents thus far, statins have caused a 1500 percent higher chance of cancer than those in the control groups.
If it isn’t cholesterol causing heart disease, that what is? The deficiency of vitamins A, D, and K2 is a contributing factor to heart disease.
Lacking the vitamin B6, B12, and folate leads to elevated homocysteine levels, a marker for heart disease.
Trans fatty acids are linked to heart disease. Mineral deficiencies of magnesium, copper, and vanadium have also been linked to heart disease. Heart attacks often occur after a period of stress, which depletes the body of many nutrients, especially vitamin A.