Cholesterol: The Misunderstood Substance

Cholesterol, specifically high cholesterol, is often associated with heart disease. The push to avoid foods rich with cholesterol and saturated fat has been so strong that we have lost sight of just how beneficial this substance is for our bodies.

For example:

*Cholesterol is vital for the composition of every cell in our bodies.

*Cholesterol is necessary for synthesizing vitamin D.

*Cholesterol produces bile, aiding in digestion.

*Cholesterol aids the immune system by repairing damaged cells.

*Cholesterol-rich food is good for brain development/structure.

*Cholesterol acts an antioxidant in our bodies protecting us from free radicals.

Too often we get caught up in the myths surrounding cholesterol, the most popular being that high cholesterol causes heart disease. When in fact high blood cholesterol is not dangerous by itself. It may reflect an unhealthy condition, or it may be totally innocent.

Furthermore, heart disease can be attributed to a variety of factors including inflammation, stress, and an overall deficiency in important vitamins and minerals due to current diet recommendations.

If you would like to get a handle on your cholesterol, contact us! We can help!

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