Today I’m quickly going to reveal why your cholesterol levels being high, has very little to do with the cholesterol foods you eat or have been told not to eat.
I’ll also reveal proven ways to have healthy cholesterol levels, with no change in diet or exercise… which is exactly what my parents have been doing for years.
Speaking of my parents, back in 1999, over 20+ years ago, my parents did a blood test for life insurance and both of them had high cholesterol.
So, each of their doctors independently gave my parents the same diagnosis and solution:
- Reduce and stop eating foods that contain cholesterol, such as animal proteins, whole eggs, fried foods, butter, and so forth.
- Take a cholesterol-lowering statin drug.
They both followed the doctor’s prescription, especially taking the drug, since it was easy.
The end result is their cholesterol levels did drop, but they had lots of side effects, such as:
- Bad sleep
- Muscle weakness
- Becoming forgetful
- Bone + joint pain
… basically, just feeling older.
To make a long story short, I got them off the drugs, I put them on natural supplements and they’ve had healthy cholesterol levels since.
Of course these days, we all know about the negative side effects of these cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.
However, most people still think that eating dietary cholesterol found in foods is bad for you and can increase your blood cholesterol and cause heart problems.
Unfortunately, this WRONG information and myth are from 50 years ago.
The newest research clearly shows the exact opposite.
How Does Dietary Cholesterol Affect Blood Cholesterol?
The amount of cholesterol in your diet and the amount of cholesterol in your blood are very different things.
Although it may seem logical that eating cholesterol would raise blood cholesterol levels, it usually doesn’t work that way.
The body tightly regulates the amount of cholesterol in the blood by controlling its production of cholesterol from within.
This is because almost every cell in your body needs cholesterol. It’s vital for your survival.
So, when your dietary intake of cholesterol goes down from the foods you eat or don’t eat, your body actually makes MORE cholesterol on its own… because it needs the cholesterol to survive.
When you eat greater amounts of cholesterol from your diet, your body makes less cholesterol because it’s already getting it from the foods you eat.
Because of this, foods high in dietary cholesterol have very little impact on blood cholesterol levels in most people.
Yes, some people due to their genetics, are hyper-sensitive to cholesterol found in foods, so they need to pay attention.
Interestingly, even though dietary cholesterol slightly increases LDL in these genetically sensitive individuals, it does not seem to increase their risk of heart disease.
In fact, lowering your cholesterol levels too low, especially with drugs, can definitely make life a lot harder to live and far less enjoyable. And NO, based on the newest research, you may not live any longer.
Before I continue, let’s quickly recap what we’ve learned so far:
- Cholesterol is vital for your survival, especially as it relates to hormone production.
- Eating more dietary cholesterol does NOT increase blood cholesterol for most people.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you should go out and eat a dozen eggs, tons of processed meats, and so forth.
Dietary Cholesterol & Heart Disease
Contrary to popular belief, heart problems … such as having a heart attack or stroke – are NOT only caused by cholesterol. Far from it.
Many factors are involved, the biggest being inflammation. Other important factors would be high blood pressure, high blood sugar and thus, diabetes, and of course, smoking.
Keep in mind the simple fact that aging and the negative changes in your hormones is a massive issue and causing factors of health problems.
The bottom line is that many high-quality studies have shown that dietary cholesterol is not associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
And I mentioned whole eggs earlier since it’s high in cholesterol and everyone is warned to NOT eat them.
However, a lot of research has been conducted on eggs specifically. And all of the studies have shown that eating them is not associated with an elevated risk of heart disease
What’s more, eggs may even help improve your lipoprotein profiles, which could lower your risk.
And I’ve posted all the clinical studies below this article, for your convenience and reference.
So, there you have it.
Eating pasture-raised whole eggs, and grass-fed meats is NOT going to raise your cholesterol for most people.
And if you’re one of the rare genetically sensitive people to saturated fats and cholesterol, my suggestion is to reduce, but not eliminate these nutritious foods.
However, I would recommend you reduce or eliminate processed foods and meats… Simple carbs and sugars.
I’m not a fan of drugs because I think they are overkill and have too many long-term side effects.
I think diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle are important of course, but for most people, it’s just too hard to follow.
This is why my parents have been taking Cholesterol Optimizer since 1999 to help promote healthy cholesterol levels within a normal range. Not high or low.
It fast-acting, easy and convenient to use, and has a proven track record – so you know it’s healthy to use.