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High Cholesterol symptoms

High Cholesterol Symptom.
Many people have been told that they have high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia), many more think they have high cholesterol , but are not sure what it is or how to measure it.  We are frequently asked if there is a specific high cholesterol symptom or collection of high cholesterol symptoms that will help people identify if they have a problem or are likely to have a problem with hypercholesterolemia.  

This is somewhat of a difficult question, not least because high cholesterol is itself a symptom of another problem - namely Vitamin C deficiency (chronic scurvy), as identified by twice Nobel laureate, Linus Pauling in the 1970s.  As a result, the symptoms you would expect to be associated with hypercholesterolemia as actually the symptoms of chronic scurvy, namely leaky blood vessels, and desperate attempts by the body to block those leaks, usually with its most easily available filler - cholesterol! 
You have been told that you have a high cholesterol diet, and that lowering your cholesterol levels is important, so what is a proper diet for high cholesterol, in fact, what is a high cholesterol diet?

In fact, these are two very different questions, but both have similar answers.

What is a high cholesterol diet?
First of all, there is no such thing as a high cholesterol diet. Yes, you heard that correctly, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A HIGH CHOLESTEROL DIET!

Regardless of the amount of cholesterol in your diet, your liver will make however much cholesterol your body needs, period.  High cholesterol diet or low cholesterol diet, your cholesterol levels will be the same - why?  Check out our cholesterol page for full details.

Put simply, it doesn't matter whether your diet is high in cholesterol or low in cholesterol - cholesterol is so important to your body that it can, and does make as much AND ONLY AS MUCH CHOLESTEROL AS IT NEEDS.

Does it matter that you have a "high cholesterol diet"?
In a word, NO, a high cholesterol diet is irrelevant - as long as you are properly nourished, have enough vitamin C in your system and sufficient antioxidants included in your high cholesterol diet.

As explained on our cholesterol page, the issue is not your high cholesterol diet, it is your dietary lack of vitamin C that causes high cholesterol levels, so stop worrying about your high cholesterol diet and cholesterol levels and start worrying about your vitamin C intake!

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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, Weight loss, 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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Essential fatty acids
Otherwise known as "brain food", these fats can't be made in the body and must be in the diet. Unfortunately, in many cases they are almost totally missing, leading to numerous health (and psychiatric / social) problems.

Saturated animal fat
Red meat, dairy products, lard dripping and suet - a recipe for disease or the means to prevent it?

Vegetable oils
All oils are not created equal. Find out why some vegetable oils are better than others.

Hydrogenated oils (unsaturated or poly-unsaturated fats)
Margarine, shortening and other "low-cholesterol" fats. Find out why these have caused more damage to health than any other type of oils or fats.

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Essential fatty acids
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Trace elements

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