A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition supports consuming eggs in moderation after finding no evidence that eggs increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Osborne’s comment:
Think about that last sentence for a minute. If elevated cholesterol helps the immune system, does lowering cholesterol with medications create immune system dysfunction. A number of studies support this to be the case. Additionally, a number of studies have concluded that elevated cholesterol is not as great a risk factor for heart disease as is promoted. As a matter of fact, studies have proven that people with the lowest cholesterol have a higher mortality rate (die sooner)!
Below are a number of the benefits of cholesterol
- Cholesterol helps the immune system to fight infections
- Cholesterol is a precursor to the hormones estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, and testosterone.
- Cholesterol allows brain cells to form synapses (bridges that help brain cells communicate with each other.)
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- Jacobs D and others. Report of the conference on low blood cholesterol: Mortality associations. Circulation 86, 1046–1060, 1992.