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Cholesterol was not a problem until the discovery of the first statin drug. When it was discovered that statin drugs would reliably reduce cholesterol, then doctors were hired and reports were written to create a public scare about cholesterol.

“Reduction of cholesterol” through the use of these drugs is now proving to increase heart disease among other things.

The word “cholesterol” comes from the Greek word chole, meaning “bile”, and the Greek word stereos, meaning “solid, stiff”.

Cholesterol is a fat (lipid), which is produced by the liver and is crucial for normal body functioning. Cholesterol exists in the outer layer of every cell in our body and has many functions. It is a waxy steroid and is transported in the blood plasma of all animals. It is the main sterol synthesized by animals – small amounts are also synthesized in plants and fungi.

What are the functions of cholesterol?

Builds and maintains cell membranes (outer layer)

Prevents crystallization of hydrocarbons in the membrane

Essential for determining which molecules can pass into the cell and which cannot (cell membrane permeability)

Involved in the production of sex hormones (androgens and estrogens)

Essential for the production of hormones released by the adrenal glands (cortisol, corticosterone, aldosterone, and others)

Aids in the production of bile

Converts sunshine to vitamin D

Important for the metabolism of fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, D, E, and K

Insulates nerve fibers

Cholesterol is carried in the blood by molecules called lipoproteins. A lipoprotein is any complex or compound containing both lipid (fat) and protein. The three main types are:

LDL (low density lipoprotein) – people often refer to it as bad cholesterol. LDL is not a problem for healthy people, however toxins in the blood create oxygen radicals that attack the walls of the blood vessels, essentially causing small holes in the blood vessel walls. LDL carries cholesterol from the liver to cells, which then attaches itself to the damaged blood vessels to keep blood from escaping, much like a patch on a punctured tire.

The more toxins- the more free radicals – the more damage, and the more buildup of cholesterol to patch the holes, which can eventually restrict blood-flow and cause arterial disease. LDL may “eventually” be the problem (blocking arteries), but it certainly didn’t cause the problem, neither will reduction of LDL levels solve the problem, any more than removing patches from a tire will fix a flat.

HDL (high density lipoprotein) is mostly referred to as good cholesterol. Experts say HDL prevents arterial disease. HDL does the opposite of LDL – HDL takes cholesterol away from the cells and back to the liver. In the liver it is either broken down or expelled from the body as waste.

Triglycerides are the chemical forms in which most fat exists in the body, as well as in food. They are present in blood plasma. Triglycerides, in association with cholesterol, form the plasma lipids (blood fat). Triglycerides in plasma originate either from fats in our food, or are made in the body from other energy sources, such as carbohydrates. Calories that we consume but which are not used immediately by our tissues are converted into triglycerides and stored in fat cells. When your body needs energy and there is no food, triglycerides will be released from fat cells and converted to energy.

What are normal cholesterol levels? The amount of cholesterol in human blood can vary from 64.8 mg/dl to 140.4 mg/dl. Any reading over 108 mg/dl is considered to be high and your doctor may prescribe statin drugs to bring it down.

Millions of Americans are on statins to lower cholesterol. But statins can have some serious side effects, including neuropathy, rhabdomyolysis, and memory loss.

It is always better to look to the cause of disease and underactive thyroid is a major cause of all diseases and even though blood tests may indicate that the thyroid is normal, eighty percent of Americans suffer from an underactive thyroid. (See Thyroid)

Most people who have “high” cholesterol are hypothyroid. Boosting the thyroid will almost always reduce cholesterol levels to that which is considered to be safe. It becomes obvious then to the observer that thyroid was at least partially responsible for the problem and should be the first place to look when levels are above normal.

Taking ShopFreeMart Pure Mag Concentrate can greatly reduce the likelihood of LDL cholesterol. The reason may be three-fold:

They support healthy thyroid function

They neutralize free radicals that may damage arterial walls

They help remove harmful toxins that are the primary cause of free radicals

They provide minerals necessary to every organ, system and function of the body

Breathing exercises can also help normalize thyroid and reduce cholesterol levels. (See Breathing Exercises)

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