Some food for thought…
“In mammals, not only is cholesterol to be found in every cell but also present in each cell are enzymes for the local production of the compound when needed. Obviously, cholesterol must be a vital material or these enzymes would disappear.
In humans, at the time of birth, even the brain contains the enzymes for producing cholesterol and as a child develops much more cholesterol is added to the central nervous system.”
“If too much cholesterol accumulates in the blood, the liver normally breaks down some of the excess into bile salts which are excreted in the bile. Attempts to lower levels of cholesterol in the blood through fat-free diets or use of polyunsaturated fats may have only a temporary effect since enzymes of the body will synthesize more cholesterol as need arises.
Cholesterol can be formed from the simplest foods, whether they are carbohydrates, proteins, or fats … The rapid synthesis of cholesterol is, in fact, one of nature’s wonders. It appears that by making it possible to start synthesis with simple building blocks nature guarantees that cholesterol will always be available when needed, and a necessary material it is in many ways.”
“Cholesterol is the starting material for the synthesis of adrenal hormones needed for the maintenance of mineral and glucose metabolism and to ready the body for quick action in emergency situations.
“Although the brain and spinal cord account for only 2 percent of total body weight, they contain almost one-forth of the total cholesterol in the body … The skin is also rich in cholesterol, containing about 10 percent of total body stores. Sunlight converts this cholesterol to vitamin D…
Cholesterol is also to be found in the marrow within the bones where blood cells are formed. As it is for the adrenal gland hormones, it is also the starting point for sex hormones.
It is hardly surprising that, since cholesterol is so essential in the body, an attempt… to lower cholesterol levels in the blood by interfering with synthesis of the compound in the body led to blindness and death.”
“Cholesterol is not present in abnormal amounts at the beginning of degenerative processes, only after the processes are well along.”
“Scientists recently have scrutinized the animal feeding experiments done in the past in the light of important new knowledge. They have found that in none of the experiments where the animals fed the large amount of cholesterol in the form in which it occurs naturally in food but instead in the form of crystalline cholesterol or heat-dried egg yolk powder … That makes a vital difference. Once such crystalline or powdered cholesterol is exposed to air, it is changed chemically to form other compounds, some of which are injurious to the lining of arteries.
A significant discovery of modern research is that when an artery lining is normally healthy, cholesterol in the blood moves in and out of the lining, but when the lining is damaged, cholesterol can move in more readily than it can move out, and this happens even when blood cholesterol levels are extremely normal.”
Cholesterol is an essential nutrient to the livelihood of the human body. Yes, the body can produce it on its own and many argue that is a major reason why we do not need it from the diet, but then there’s the perspective that dietary cholesterol and the lack of it have a great effect on the body’s production of this anti-oxidant (yes, it has protective features!). Furthermore, the diet and lifestyle habits as a whole affect cholesterol production and because of its ability to protect - the shittier the diet, the higher the cholesterol (as one possible example).
Cholesterol isn’t to blame, nor should it be feared and it DEFINITELY shouldn’t be avoided within the diet… unless you want a one-way ticket towards creating disease and self-destruction. Learn more about the body and its defense mechanisms before you go passing judgements based off of false claims and biased research just to sell a few extra statins and cash crops (soy, wheat, corn - what’s up the rise in heart attacks since the early-1900’s introduction of these foods into our diets and the simultaneous avoidance of “artery-blocking” saturated fats… such bullshit).
Quotes: Broda Barnes “Hypo-thyroidism: the unsuspected illness” pgs 169-171
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