I’m not able to understand those people who avoid eggs, seafood, or any natural foods, for fear they will experience “high cholesterol”. Many people prefer to use drugs to lower their cholesterol, without having a clue what cholesterol actually is. The thing is that they do not understand that these drugs can do more bad than good. They will not help you to lower your cholesterol, and can even lead to many other health complications.
What Is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy fat-soluble substance found in all cells of the body. Our body needs some cholesterol in order to function properly. The liver needs sufficient amount of cholesterol to make bile acid essential for the digestive processes. When being deficient in cholesterol, our digestive system can be negatively affected.
When it comes to the brain, cholesterol is very important for connecting your neurons to transmit messages. It allows you to think, form memories, and learn new things. According to many studies, low levels of cholesterol can lead to strokes while the deficiency of cholesterol can cause depression, violent behavior, and suicidal thoughts.
There are a few types of cholesterol. Some of them are labeled as “good” and some as “bad”.
- High-density lipoprotein (HDL) -- This one is known as “good” cholesterol. It helps remove cholesterol from blood vessel walls and the blood, and it carries them to the liver where they are processed and eliminated.
- Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) -- This one is labeled as “bad” cholesterol. It carries cholesterol into the bloodstream and promotes the buildup of cholesterol plaque on the arterial walls.
As we said before, the normal cholesterols are essential for some functions in our body and we need them all. However, they can become “not normal” and this happens when these cholesterol get oxidized from the oxidative stress that happens in our body as a result of a poor lifestyle and dietary choices. It is usually caused by free radicals, such as from fried foods, processed foods, environmental pollutants, drugs, stress, and artificial food additives.
A poor diet that is high in sugar, salt, animal meat products, hydrogenated oils (transfats), and low in fiber can lead to the elevation of cholesterol that is oxidized. You should pay a great attention to this condition and make sure to treat it as soon as possible.
Why Statins and Other Similar Drugs Won’t Work
The majority of the Americans use statin drugs, cholesterol-lowering drugs. These drugs block a specific enzyme in your liver from producing cholesterol. Well, the thing is that this enzyme is involved in many other processes, so you can imagine when this enzyme is suppressed what happens to the other biological functions in the body.
Statin drugs can lead to different health problems:
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Muscle and nerve damage
- Cause type 2 diabetes
- Immune depression
- Sexual dysfunction
- Elevated liver enzymes
- Pancreas or liver dysfunction
- Retard fetal development in pregnant women
- Memory loss leading to Alzheimer’s Disease
How to Optimize Your Cholesterol Levels
Following a healthy diet rich in antioxidants and magnesium is the most effective way to optimize your cholesterol levels naturally. Also, it is very important to improve your lifestyle. In this way, you will experience a significant improvement in your cholesterol levels.
The Magnesium Miracle
Instead of using statin drugs which can be extremely harmful, make sure that magnesium is your first choice for treating elevated cholesterol
In her book “The Magnesium Miracle”, Dr Carolyn Dean, explains some things about the relation between magnesium and cholesterol.
Every metabolic activity in our body depends on enzymes. In the case of making cholesterol, a specific enzyme known as HMG-CoA reductase is required. Magnesium has the ability to slow down this enzymatic reaction when present in sufficient quantities. This is the same enzyme that statin drugs inhibit. Well, the thing is that magnesium naturally controls cholesterol when it reaches a certain level, unlike the statin drugs which are in fact used to destroy the entire process.
In other words, the sufficient magnesium in our body will make cholesterol to be limited to its necessary functions – the maintenance of membranes and the production of membranes. This means that there will not be an excessive production of cholesterol.
Magnesium is also essential for the activity of the enzyme responsible for lowering the LDL, “bad” cholesterol. Moreover, it raises the “good” cholesterol, HDL, and lowers triglycerides.
In addition, it converts omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids into prostaglandins, essential for heart health.
Source: Juicing For Health