Cholesterol. The Good Guy?

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Cholesterol has gotten a bad rap. The fact is your body needs it.  Here are a few of the many important roles cholesterol plays in your body:

  • It is a component of cell membranes and a starting material for synthesizing other steroids.
  • Many of your hormones and vitamin D are made from cholesterol.
  • Cholesterol transports fat-soluble vitamins throughout the body, and is used to manufacture bile.
  • Half of the myelin sheath, which insulates the nerves of the body, is composed of cholesterol.

To demonize something that has so many varied roles in the body is misdirected. That being said, it would be better from the standpoint of harmony and balance in the body to minimize the amount of fried and fatty foods, dairy and carbohydrates in your diet, and support the metabolism of fats and cholesterol. Increase your fruits and veggies, since they provide you with vitamins and minerals, many of which act as co-factors for metabolic processes such as the metabolism of fats and cholesterol.

Here are a few of the nutrients that are beneficial for supporting cholesterol metabolism in the body.

CHOLINE is important to the metabolism and transport of fats and cholesterol.

LECITHIN is unique in that it bonds to fats in the bloodstream and can help pull them out because it is water dispersible.

INOSITOL is used in the metabolism of fats and cholesterol and in the formation of lecithin.

VITAMIN B-6 is necessary for the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

NIACIN is another nutrient necessary for the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

CHROMIUM is essential for the utilization of insulin, one of the controllers of cholesterol production in the body.

So let’s stop making cholesterol the bad guy. Instead support healthy cholesterol metabolism in your body with the foods, vitamins and minerals it loves.

How are you doing that?

Michael Schwartz, President and Founder of Michael’s® Naturopathic Programs

Michael Schwartz, President and Founder of Michael’s® Naturopathic Programs


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2 Comments on “Cholesterol. The Good Guy?”

  1. Ivett

    Hello Michael,. I saw you at a dinner presentation here in Phoenix Arizona about a year ago and you mentioned not using Red Yeast rice as a cholesterol reducer because of bone issues,. I can’t remember exactly what you said and wanted to get your opinion because might try to put me on it in the future if I don’t bring my cholesterol down,.

    Thanking you in advance,
    Kind Regards,
    Ivett Huska

    1. admin

      Hi, Ivett. Thanks so much for your question. I think there are a few steps in between. The body needs cholesterol for many purposes. It uses sunlight and cholesterol to manufacture vitamin D, as one example. You do need vitamin D because it helps in the building of bone. The body uses choline, inositiol and lecithin to lower cholesterol naturally.

      For more information on cholesterol, I invite you to read our literature on Cardiovascular Facts. I hope this information helps you. Be well!


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