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Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a hard waxy fatty substance that is only found in foods from animal sources such as eggs, meat, dairy products, fish, and shelfish. Plant foods do not contain cholesterol. In the minds of most people cholesterol is a bad thing synonymous with blocked arteries and heart attacks. However, it is only excess cholesterol in the body that causes problems and reasonable amounts of cholesterol are vital for human metabolism. Cholesterol is needed to give cell membranes a certain amount of required stiffness. The glands of the endocrine system use cholesterol as the raw material for making hormones, such as sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone and androgens) and cortisone. Vitamin D is made from cholesterol and the liver makes bile from cholesterol. The body can make all the cholesterol it needs from dietary proteins, fats, and sugars and does not depend upon food sources of cholesterol. In other words you can be perfectly healthy even if you don't eat any foods containing cholesterol, as your body will manufacture all the cholesterol it needs if your levels get too low. The more calories you consume from protein, sugar, and non essential fatty acids the more cholesterol your body will make, so you can end up with high cholesterol levels just by eating too much, even though you may not be eating any cholesterol-containing foods.

Although your body can make cholesterol, once made, it cannot break it down, so you can see that it is easy for an excess to occur. cholesterol can only be removed from the body by the liver in the form of bile. A healthy liver will pump cholesterol via the bile, out into the intestines; however, if dietary fiber is absent, over 90% of the cholesterol and bile acids are reabsorbed from the bowel back to the liver. This form of recycling over works the liver and may cause high cholesterol levels in those on a low-fiber diet.

Doctors advise patients to keep their total cholesterol levels below 200 mg/dl, and to do this you need to follow a balanced diet and you also need a healthy liver. We tend to forget the master fat-burner and regulator-the liver! If your liver is healthy it will discard excess cholesterol via the bile and pump it out into the intestines where it can be carried away in high-fiber foods through the bowel actions.

You also need a healthy liver to prevent excess cholesterol in the bloodstream from being dumped into plaques on the inner lining of your blood vessels. To keep blood cholesterol in a safe form you need plenty of high density lipoproteins (HDLs) as these act as scavengers and pick up free cholesterol in the blood and carry it back to the liver to be reused or turned into bile. Lipoproteins must be manufactured by the liver, as they are not found in foods, and many people with a sluggish liver do not produce sufficient high-density lipoproteins (HDLs).

Certain compounds widely dispersed in vegetables, including barley, act as powerful drugs to suppress the liver's internal production of cholesterol. This is a major reason vegetarians have much less heart disease, they are on a constant regimen of cholesterol-lowering compounds.

Chemicals that clamp down on the liver's manufacture of cholesterol have been reported in garlic, orange peel, ginseng, anise, lemon grass oil, alfalfa, olive oil, beer (from the hopps), grapes, wine, as well as, of course, barley, rye oats, and beans.

By eating plants, including grains, you infuse your body with a perpetual dose of pharmacologically active compounds that act as natural drugs to keep your heart and vascular system functioning better, your blood freer of dangerous cholesterol, your digestive processes working better, and your system less prey to certain cancers. Raw vegetables are full of enzymes and live atoms needed to keep your body functioning properly while cooking vegetables removes a large amount of their beneficial properties.

Raw vegetable and/or fruit juices made with a juice extracting machine are recommended as a good aid in cleansing the liver. The following raw juice combinations are recommended for liver trouble:
Carrot, beet & cucumber
Carrot & spinach
Carrot
Carrot, beet & coconut
Carrot, celery & parsley
Carrot, dandelion & lettuce


"And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food." Gen 1:29

Sources:Fresh vegetable and fruit juices by N.W. Walker D. Sc., The Liver cleansing diet by Dr. Sandra Cabot, The Food Pharmacy by jean Carper.

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nemisistar
May. 21st, 2011 08:44 am (UTC)
re: Cholesteral
This is great information! No wonder so many people have high cholesterol as well as other problems. I always thought it was solely from eating animal products.

Many don't know that we should be eating between 25 and 40 grams of fiber each day.
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