So, what’s the deal with cholesterol?
Cholesterol has been characterized as bad for a long time. The name has been negatively linked to heart attack and all other types of cardiovascular diseases. It’s not as bad as we’re being taught to believe.
The truth is that cholesterol is not the bad guy but the good one. Cholesterol is an antioxidant. It protects. Anyways, back to topic.
Does eating more cholesterol increase testosterone levels?
First of all, your whole body, including brain, nervous system and muscles need cholesterol badly. Without it, they just can’t work.
The liver makes its cholesterol every single day. At least 2 grams per day. That’s like 10-12 egg yolks worth of cholesterol.
All the cells are made from it. It makes cells communicate with each other. Without cell communication, you wouldn’t be alive.
By consuming cholesterol you do not increase blood cholesterol. You see, our bodies can adapt to a lot of things. If you consume a lot of cholesterol from foods, the liver lowers its own cholesterol production. No legit study can can prove that eating a lot of cholesterol increases the chance of heart disease.
Yeah, I’m still kind of off topic here so let’s start. So cholesterol is really important for making sex hormones. Like testosterone which is the dominant hormone in men.
Testosterone is anabolic. Anabolic means that it builds things. Like muscle for example. It helps them grow.
Cholesterol is vital for testosterone and all other sex hormones. In the final stages of testosterone synthesis, a hormone called luteinizing hormone or LH for short triggers testicular cells called Leydig to convert cholesterol into testosterone.
So if there is no cholesterol there is no testosterone. It’s so important.
A study has found that increased cholesterol intake raises testosterone levels.
If there is not enough cholesterol there will be less hormone production including testosterone. Less testosterone means less muscle mass.
This is why people who start treating high blood cholesterol with medications that block the pathways to make cholesterol have side effects like myopathy.
Myopathy is a muscle disease. It causes muscle fibers to stop functioning properly resulting in muscle weakness and cramps. This is due to destruction of muscle fibers.
Then there is one called myositis.
Now, myositis means inflammation of the muscles. So you get achy muscles, weakness in the muscle, low Q10 which is heart friendly coenzyme but it is also important for all other muscles to function properly.
So basically, cholesterol is really important. I don’t recommend that you try to stop its production by taking medications. Fix the inflammation that is caused by other problems in the body. If you start taking drugs like statins you might do the opposite of what statin might try to fix.
You’re trying to improve your heart health. But by taking statins you can even increase the chance of diabetes which on its own has been shown to increase the risk of heart disease.
So you might be doing more harm than good to fix your heart problems. In my opinion, there are more disadvantages than there are advantages. It’s just plain wrong.
By eliminating processed foods like sweets and hydrogenated oils you will greatly reduce your risk. You don’t have to worry about eating eggs for example. I eat 5 eggs a day and I’m totally fine. Sometimes after a workout even up to 10.
If cholesterol was the problem I would probably die from a heart attack by now.
Hydrogenated oils like sunflower seed, soybean or canola oil are high in Omega-6. Omega-6 being pro-inflammatory causes the body to be more prone to inflammation which then causes artery walls to break.
Omega-3’s, on the other hand, are anti-inflammatory.
By eating more Omega-3 rich foods you can balance the Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio. Typical western diet has a ratio of Omega-6’s to 3 of over 10 to 1. It should be at least 2 to 1.
The case with sugar is that excess is converted to triglycerides which make most of VLDL.
Very-low-density lipoprotein or VLDL can easily clog up the inflamed artery if there is too much of it.
By eliminating hydrogenated oils, balancing Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio and avoiding processed sugars you can greatly decrease your risk of a heart attack.