5 Cholesterol Myths . . . Busted

Sadly, we see way too many clients who have a fear of their “elevated” cholesterol levels when in fact, their numbers may be perfectly fine.

Not to mention the fact that cholesterol is absolutely essential to good health (yes, you read that right).

So we wanted to share some common myths about cholesterol as well as give you the goods on what healthy lifestyle choices you can make to reduce your risk of heart disease naturally.

Myth #1: “Cholesterol” is cholesterol While cholesterol is an actual molecule, what it is bound to while it’s floating through your blood is what’s more important than just how much of it there is overall. In fact depending on what it’s combined with can have opposite effects on your arteries and heart.  Yes, opposite!

Myth #2: Cholesterol is bad Cholesterol is absolutely necessary for your body to produce critical things like vitamin D when your skin is exposed to the sun, your sex hormones (e.g. estrogen and testosterone), as well as bile to help you absorb dietary fats.   Not to mention that it’s incorporated into the membranes of your cells.

Myth #3: Eating cholesterol increases your bad cholesterol Most of the cholesterol in your blood is made by your liver.  It’s actually not from the cholesterol you eat (yea! you can go back to eating the whole egg)! What you eat still can affect how much cholesterol your liver produces.  After a cholesterol-rich meal your liver doesn’t need to make as much.

Myth #4: Your cholesterol should be as low as possible As with almost everything in health and wellness there’s a balance that needs to be maintained.  There are very few extremes that are going to serve you well. In fact, people with too-low levels of cholesterol have increased risk of death from other non-heart-related issues like certain types of cancers, as well as suicide.

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