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How can food lower Cholesterol?

Before we discover in what way can food lower cholesterol, we should think why we want to lower cholesterol in the first place.

Cholesterol is an essential component of thousands of body processes, not least the majority of hormones, especially the sex hormones. Without cholesterol, these body processes would grind to a halt.

Unfortunately, cholesterol has been the subject of much speculation, poor research , vested interests and many, many advertising dollars. Even the American Heart Association (AHA) and it's allies in the pharmaceutical-sponsored health "care" systems of the West accept that no case against cholesterol has been proven, they are merely "waiting for the evidence".

That is not science. That is not proof and frankly, it is not good enough.

These bodies have blamed cholesterol for everything from heart disease to cancer, without a shred of evidence, in fact, they have done so in the face of all the evidence, which shows that the very high carbohydrate diets, artificial fats and irrelevance of nutrition that they recommend are the main reason for most of the chronic disease that now exists, which medicine has not got a clue how to treat (modern medicine treats symptoms, not diseases).

Cholesterol is a naturally-occurring fat which is fundamentally required for good health. It is the precursor to both the male hormone testosterone and the female hormone oestrogen, which cannot be made without it. In addition, it performs many, many other vital functions in the body.

Levels of cholesterol in blood have nothing to do with fat in the diet - almost! So why are we so obsessed with food low in cholesterol and food high in cholesterol? Simply, we have been duped by those who want to make a fast buck.

Contrary to popular belief, in most people, the levels of cholesterol found in the blood have little or nothing to do with fats consumed in the diet. Cholesterol is manufactured in the liver in the amounts required by the body to perform its various functions. It therefore follows that either reducing the amount of fat in the diet or taking pills to reduce cholesterol is absolutely pointless.

The main reason cited for the desirability of reducing blood cholesterol is the massive increase in ischemic heart disease (IHD) seen during the 20th century. IHD, the main consequence of which is angina and myocardial infarction (MI, or heart attack) was virtually unknown at the beginning of the 1900s. In fact, one well-known Doctor who argues against the AHA and thers, practised for many years from the mid-1920's is quoted as saying that he didn't see a single case of MI for the first 7 years of his practice.

Subsequent examination of those who died of MI showed that their arteries had been "clogged up" with fatty deposits that were high in cholesterol. The connection between cholesterol and IHD was made and that was that. Ever since, Doctors have been trying to invent ways to reduce blood cholesterol levels, but have not stopped to consider why they were elevated in the first place! If they had, they might have been surprised. In order to explain, we need to examine the physiology of blood vessels, particularly arteries, which you can do here.

Why lower cholesterol?
Having accepted that cholesterol does not CAUSE heart disease, but is merely a symptom, we could be excused for not wanting to lower it at all, however, logic suggests that if we remove the causes of the underlying disease (which needs cholesterol to fix it), the cholesterol will lower itself. In this way, you can make food lower cholesterol.

In addition to ensuring you have ample vitamin C in your diet (to do the repair jobs cholesterol is otherwise needed for), you should ensure that you eat sufficient of the protective fats, especially the omega-3 fat, EPA. These fats, (which have been in our diet for millenia without any heart disease happening) also tend to be found in foods high in other vitamins and minerals, which help each other maintain health. It is only since our reliance on "plastic" margerines and vegetable oils that heart disease has become a problem - what does that tell you about the supposed link with saturated fat?

How can food lower cholesterol?
Apart from avoiding artificial margerines, hydrogenated vegetable oils and the massive amounts of other vegetable oils we are now encouraged to consume, few, if any of which give us ANY benefit, we should resort to the diet of our healthy, heart-disease free ancestors, namely lots of (fresh) fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds, butter, cheese and meat, including properly reared (grass-fed) beef and lamb.

By reverting to a varied diet, made of organically grown ingredients (with no pesticides, preservatives or other posions sprayed on them), which have been properly grown on fertile soil, we can regain a great part of our health. By supplementing this with high-quality, toxin-free Omega-3 fatty acids, which are proven to lower cholesterol levels, we can make our food lower cholesterol - naturally, healthily and without the need for dangerous, unnecessary drugs.

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Further reading

Know Your Fats : The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol
by Mary G. Enig

The Cholesterol Myths : Exposing the Fallacy that Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease
by Uffe Ravnskov

Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill: The Complete Guide to Fats, Oils, Cholesterol and Human Health
by Udo Erasmus

Choosing the Right Fats: For Vibrant Health, Weightloss, Energy, Vitality (Natural Health Guide)
by Udo Erasmus

The Omega-3 Connection: The Groundbreaking Antidepression Diet and Brain Program
by Andrew L. M.D. Stoll

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