I ❤ Cholesterol?

When many still consider it a bad thing for health, why do I ❤ cholesterol? Here’s why:

  • Cholesterol is an organic substance that is vital for health and wellness.
  • It is an essential structural component or building block in cell membranes holding cells together so they don’t fall apart.
  • Cholesterol, being a component of membranes, contributes to an efficient signaling and transport of substances and chemicals into and out of cells.
  • About 75% cholesterol is produced by the liver to help keep the body healthy.
  • The brain contains 20% of the body’s cholesterol to function properly for mood regulation, learning and memory.
  • The following hormones and bodily constituents are made from cholesterol:
    • Vit. D
    • Bile – critical for digestion and absorption of fats and fat-soluble vitamins.
    • Cortisol – the primary stress hormone, regulates metabolism, anti-inflammatory
    • Sex hormones – Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone
    • Aldosterone – essential for sodium conservation for regulation of blood volume and blood pressure.
    • Myelin – 75% of the brain’s cholesterol is in this tightly-wound membranes that insulates the brain circuits.
    • Synapses – transmit nerve impulses.

I’ll have a series of blogs in defense of cholesterol that has been demonized unfairly for decades.

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