Khamis, 20 Oktober 2011


Cholesterol is a waxy steroid of fat that is produced in the liver or intestines. It is used to produce hormones and cell membranes and is transported in the blood plasma of all mammals. It is an essential structural component of mammalian cell membranes and is required to establish proper membrane permeability and fluidity. In addition, cholesterol is an important component for the manufacture of bile acids, steroid hormones, and vitamin D. Cholesterol is the principal sterol synthesized by animals; however, small quantities can be synthesized in other eukaryotes such as plants and fungi. It is almost completely absent among prokaryotes including bacteria. Although cholesterol is important and necessary for mammals, high levels of cholesterol in the blood can damage arteries and are potentially linked to diseases such as those associated with the cardiovascular system (heart disease).

We are often asked "what are high cholesterol symptoms"? Many people have been told that they have high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia), many more think they have high cholesterol, but are not sure what it is or how to measure it.  We are frequently asked if there is a specific high cholesterol symptom or collection of high cholesterol symptoms that will help people identify if they have a problem or are likely to have a problem with hypercholesterolemia.  

This is somewhat of a difficult question, not least because high cholesterol is itself a symptom of another problem - namely Vitamin C deficiency (chronic scurvy), as identified by twice Nobel laureate, Linus Pauling in the 1970s.  As a result, the symptoms you would expect to be associated with hypercholesterolemia as actually the symptoms of chronic scurvy, namely leaky blood vessels, and desperate attempts by the body to block those leaks, usually with its most easily available filler - cholesterol!

Now, you may think scurvy is a thing of the past, and, in its acute form, which killed huge amounts of sailors and those who used to travel by sea, it is.  However, along with many other nutrients, such as the other vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids and trace elements, the diet of most people (and especially the North American diet) in the Western World is so nutritionally deficient that chronic diseases that never used to exist are killing more and more people every year.

High cholesterol symptoms can be totally undetectable. In fact you may never feel any high cholesterol symptoms. You can only find out for certain if you have high cholesterol only after a check up by a doctor that includes taking a blood sample. You may not see any symptoms until it is too late. That's why this is very important:-

Check your cholesterol level before you have a heart attack or stroke.

The Cholesterol Myths by Uffe Erasmus

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