Is LDL Cholesterol Really “Bad”?

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I find it hard to believe that your body would make anything that was actually harmful to you. The human body is a finely tuned machine. It does everything that it does for a reason.

So why does the medical community claim that LDL Cholesterol is “bad” cholesterol and must be lowered because it can pose a serious risk to your health?

If it is being created there must be some reason your body thinks it needs to be there…

Statin drugs (cholesterol lowering drugs) have become the norm these days. Doctors prescribe them on a daily basis and they do lower your LDL levels. The problem is that your body needs fat to function properly. It needs cholesterol in order for your brain to work, your skin to stay hydrated, and your muscles, which include your heart, to stay healthy.

Statins have increased the number or strokes and heart attacks while also lowering your cholesterol. They have also been linked to higher incidences of cancer as well. I am willing to bet those people who experienced stroke or heart attack do not feel healthier having taken them.

Lets look at what LDL really is and means. LDL stands for Low Density Lipoprotein. It’s not even cholesterol. Cholesterol is a fat. LDL is actually a protein. Cholesterol itself , a fatty substance, is not soluble in blood so it is transferred through the body by proteins. LDL is what transports the cholesterol to the tissues.

Where does cholesterol come from?

It is made in the liver. Its purpose is to help support and make hormones (estrogen, testosterone, cortisol, DHEA and others) but even more importantly you have to have cholesterol to create any new cells in your body at all. LDL is needed to take the cholesterol to the damaged cells for repair as well as creation of new building block cells.

So what does HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) do? Again it just gives the actual cholesterol a ride. The HDL takes the cholesterol (already used for repair) back to your liver to be recycled. HDL and LDL are just two sides of the same coin and both are useful, and necessary for true health. Neither is bad.

So how did LDL get such a bad rap?

LDL particles, when you eat a healthy good diet, are fairly large. They flow easily and have no problems being transported through your blood stream. What happens, and where you can run into problems, is when you eat a fatty processed unhealthy diet. The liver creates smaller particles, which can get stuck throughout your circulatory system. When they get stuck, over time, they can begin to oxidize and go rancid. That is the plaque build up the medical industry keeps referring to and why it has been deemed “bad” cholesterol.

Rather than turning to dangerous statin drug medications, what you really need to do is eat properly to regulate LDL particle size.

Diet: Eat a balanced diet of whole fresh foods, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, meats, and grains and Pink Himalayan Salt instead of table salt (which actually can scratch the veins leading to the need to create more cholesterol for cellular repair) (try to stay organic and non-gmo for healthiest results).

Steer clear of processed, packaged and pre-made foods and especially table salt.

Why won’t doctors tell you this?

The current value of the cholesterol-lowering drug industry is estimated at around $29 billion — and this is clearly a conservative estimate considering spending on cholesterol drugs in the United States alone reached nearly $19 billion in 2010. It may be in your best interest to know this information, but it certainly isn’t in the best interest of profits.

If you are currently on or considering statin drugs please do your own research. These drugs can be dangerous.

Article sources:

http://www.drwhitaker.com/statin-drugs-side-effects-may-include-heart-failure

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/11/us-statins-stroke-idUSTRE70A06C20110111

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia/ciencia_industryhealthiermedica172.htm

http://chriskresser.com/the-diet-heart-myth-statins-dont-save-lives-in-people-without-heart-disease

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/01/29-billion-reasons-to-lie-about-cholesterol.aspx

http://www.imshealth.com/imshealth/Global/Content/IMS%20Institute/Documents/IHII_UseOfMed_report%20.pdf

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/07/20/the-truth-about-statin-drugs-revealed.aspx

Originally Published: http://www.hcbl.com/blog/is-ldl-cholesterol-really-bad/ Author: Sarah Barendse

 

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