Low cholesterol has already been associated with a number of conditions including low immunity and toxicity, infections and autoimmune diseases. But research in recent years, such as the study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, has shown that the effects of low cholesterol can go even further than the conditions mentioned, namely in the field of psychological disorders.
This study found that men who suffered from depression and had low cholesterol had a 7-fold higher risk of dying prematurely from unnatural causes, such as suicide and accidents, than the other men in the study!
For many years, scientific studies have linked low cholesterol to depression and impulsive behaviors, including suicide and violence.
A study published in the 1993 Lancet, Plasma Cholesterol and Depressive Symptoms in Older Men, reported: “Among men aged 70 and over, categorically defined depression was three times more common in the group with low total plasma cholesterol, than in those with higher concentrations… ”
A 2000 study, Higher prevalence of depressive symptoms in middle-aged men with low serum cholesterol levels, conducted on men between the ages of 40 and 70 found that men with low long-term total cholesterol “have a higher prevalence of depressive symptoms ”compared to those with higher cholesterol.
Women with low cholesterol are also vulnerable to depression. A Swedish study (Depressive symptoms, social support, and lipid profiles in healthy middle-aged women published in Psychosomatic Medicine) involving 300 healthy women, aged between 31 and 65 years, concluded that women in the group with the lower cholesterol suffered from significantly more depressive symptoms than the other women in the study.
For many who suffer from depression, suicide is a tragic reality. Because low cholesterol is linked to depression, low cholesterol also becomes a risk factor in suicide attempts. Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that people with a total cholesterol level lower than 160 mg / dL were more likely to commit suicide than those with a higher cholesterol level.
Suicide is not the only type of violence associated with lower cholesterol levels. Homicide and other acts of violence against others have been found to be associated with low cholesterol. When Swedish researchers compared cholesterol levels in nearly 80,000 men and women with subsequent arrests for violent crimes, they concluded that “low cholesterol is associated with subsequent criminal violence.”
Why Is Cholesterol So Important For Mental And Emotional Health?
Some researchers believe that low cholesterol levels alter the chemistry of the brain, suppressing the production and / or availability of serotonin or other neurotransmitters in the brain. But what should not be overlooked is the fact that this vital substance, cholesterol, plays key roles in the human body. First of all, it is valuable and necessary for the optimal functioning of the brain, because the brain is the organ with the highest cholesterol in the body. Other essential functions and facts of cholesterol metabolism in the body are the following:
- Nerves are made up of cholesterol.
- The human body uses cholesterol to produce all the sex hormones and adrenal hormones.
- Breast milk contains over 50% of its calories in the form of fat, mostly saturated, thus being the “food” richest in cholesterol!
- Without cholesterol and its role in digestion we could not absorb any of the fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A and E.
- Every cell in the body is surrounded by a membrane containing cholesterol and without it no cell in the body could function.
- Cholesterol is so important to the liver that it produces 2,000 milligrams of cholesterol every day.
- Following a low-cholesterol diet, the liver compensates for the difference by producing a larger amount to dispose of the required amount. (Then statins, of course, decrease this amount, speeding up this process!)
- High blood cholesterol is not caused by high-cholesterol foods; this is due to a metabolism that is not effective in metabolizing the cholesterol that the body needs. It also indicates out of control inflammation in the body that needs to be addressed.
With constant claims about the dangers of high cholesterol, which lead to heart disease, heart attacks and strokes, many millions of people are prescribed statins to lower cholesterol. You can read more about how dangerous they really are in my previous article, Debunking Cholesterol Myths.
You’re probably confused and don’t even know what high and low cholesterol mean, and what’s actually healthy for your body? But you can certainly find out today through the Metabolic Typing programs and through a functional interpretation of the blood test, which will give you the answer you have been looking for so long.
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