Cholesterol causes heart disease, right? Not so fast. Cholesterol has actually been vindicated as the big bad guy of health.
What is cholesterol?
Simply put, cholesterol is the repair molecule for inflammation. It got the blame for causing heart disease because high cholesterol is a symptom of heart disease. Inflammation is actually a cause of heart disease, and if you have inflammation, cholesterol shows up to the rescue.
But let’s back up a minute. You’ve probably heard of LDL and HDL cholesterol. LDL is supposed to the be the bad one. And HDL is the good one. Actually, LDL is like a life raft that carries cholesterol to inflammation sites. LDL isn’t cholesterol itself. Calling LDL “bad cholesterol” is like naming a boat after the life rafts.
What Cholesterol Does
When cholesterol is hitching a ride on LDL, it’s actually pretty large. It can get stuck in the artery tears that it’s trying to fix. This is why people think it’s the cause of artery build up. In reality, it’s a consequence of a root problem.
When you eat a high fat, low carb diet, you will actually have higher levels of LDL naturally. When LDL isn’t hauling cholesterol around, it carries fat-based energy to your cells. You need LDL!!
If your cells are healthy and you don’t need to use the LDL, it get repackaged as HDL. Then the HDL gets sent to the liver to be turned into sex hormones.
Eat Your Eggs
Do you need inflammation repair? Cellular energy? Sex hormones? The you need LDL! And you need cholesterol.
What does this mean for your diet? Eat your eggs, and stop worrying about dietary cholesterol. If you have unusually high cholesterol, dig deeper. You probably have inflammation that the cholesterol is trying to repair. If you can get to the root cause of the inflammation, everything else will take care of itself.