(Health Secrets Newsletter) For many years we have been told that if we want good health we must exclude cholesterol from our diets. We responded by loading up on such products as Egg Beaters and Molly McButter. Now it seems it was all a lie, and the foods we excluded were foods we should have been eating all along. A new study published in the journal Nature Medicine has found that cholesterol actually helps increase production of an important component of the nervous system that facilitates proper nerve cell communication, and prevents the onset of brain diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
The study focused specifically on patients with a condition known as Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD), in which nerve cells are unable to properly manufacture protective myelin sheaths. It is these myelin sheaths, which are composed of lipid fats and proteins, that allow nerves to communicate and send appropriate electrical signals that trigger movement and cognition, and that protect nerves from damage.
Cholesterol, which is commonly dismissed as harmful and something that people should avoid, actually contributes to producing and maintaining myelin sheaths. Without it, as evidenced by the recent studies, individuals with PMD — and potentially all individuals — are at a higher risk of developing cognitive illness and brain degradation. And particularly those with PMD, low-cholesterol diets are almost sure to leave them exceptionally prone to nerve damage.
“This six-week-long cholesterol treatment delayed the decline in motor coordination,” wrote the scientists in their report. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine in Germany fed a group of mice with PMD a high-cholesterol diet for six weeks, and fed another group of PMD mice a low-cholesterol diet. Those on the high-cholesterol diet stopped experiencing cognitive decline, while the low-cholesterol mice continued to get worse.
What this all means for statin drugs, which mainstream medicine has ridiculously dubbedmiracle drugs, is that their cholesterol inhibiting properties can causeserious health problems down the road. By interfering with the liver’s natural function of producing cholesterol, statin drugs can actually strip the body of much-needed cholesterol, and cause serious nervous system and cognitive damage.The key to promoting healthy cholesterol levels in the body is not to take synthetic drugs, but rather to achieve vibrant health through proper diet and exercise, which includes a diet rich in healthy saturated fats and, yes, even cholesterol.”Saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet are not the cause of coronary heart disease,” says Dr. George V. Mann, M.D., professor of Medicine and Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. “That myth is the greatest scientific deception of this century, perhaps of any century.”For more information:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18456749