These days, we are inundated with messages about “good” and “bad” cholesterol. We’ve been warned that high cholesterol causes atherosclerosis (clogging or hardening of the arteries). We’re told to reduce dietary fat in order to keep our overall cholesterol levels under 200 and avoid heart disease. Those who can’t lower cholesterol through diet alone are usually put on statin drugs.
But is cholesterol really Public Enemy #1? Is it the true cause of heart disease? The facts may surprise you.
Cholesterol is an essential fat manufactured by the liver. It is a basic building block of every cell – especially for hormones and the nervous system. Our brains are 70% cholesterol and cholesterol can be found in every cell membrane.