Cholesterol: What is it? Part 2

Last week, I wrote about cholesterol and some of the basics. If you missed it, click here to catch up.

The first post touched on some of the basics of cholesterol and why it's needed in the body. In Cholesterol: What is it? Part 2, I'll touch on a couple of the myths associated with cholesterol by pointing out some myths that are widely held with regard to eating and your cholesterol levels. But first, let's take a look at statin drugs:

 Statin Therapy to Reduce Cholesterol:  It is estimated that the statin drug industry is bringing in well over $30 billion per year. This is climbing as more and more people, even kids, are being prescribed this medication. Why are they used? Statin drugs are used to block the pathway of cholesterol production in the liver. The only problem is there are several other pathways that are blocked as well. One of them is CoQ10. CoQ10 is a hugely important nutrient for your immune system AND heart health. CoQ10 is essential for maintaining heart...

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What's cholesterol & why are we afraid of it?

Cholesterol has been a hot topic and has caused people much stress and confusion. First, eat eggs, then don’t eat eggs! Eat margarine, not butter – be very afraid of saturated fats. This is just the start of the confusion. The one thing that remains to be true is that you don’t have to look too far to find someone who has been prescribed a statin drug to lower that cholesterol. The remainder of this article answers some of the mystery behind this biochemical substance we all seem fear so much. This article answers the question, Cholesterol, What is it and why are we afraid of it?

 

First of all, what is cholesterol and what is its function in the body? Cholesterol is our body’s main repair mechanism. Cholesterol is produced by the liver in response to inflammation. It is sent to the site of inflammation in order to repair it. To put it another way, if fire is like inflammation, cholesterol is the firefighter. When our lipid panels come back with elevated...

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