How MCT Oil can Improve Cholesterol the right way
October 15, 2018
Posted by James J
Cholesterol has received a bad reputation in the past 50-60 years. Common ‘truths’ were that cholesterol would kill you, all cholesterol was bad, and that cholesterol was the biggest threat to your health. Similar to fat, cholesterol’s story was found to be more complex than “all good” or “all bad.” Cholesterol plays an important role in the body and it is vital to your health, but the wrong type of cholesterol can be dangerous. It is important to know the benefits of cholesterol, what type of cholesterol is potentially harmful to us, and to develop a way to help our cholesterol be in the correct mixture.
How does cholesterol benefit you?
So, what does the soft waxy substance called cholesterol actually do for your body? One of its most basic and important functions is the production of hormones. This is why most women will see a significant spike in cholesterol while they are pregnant, as the body is producing significantly greater amounts and varieties of hormones. Another critical role of cholesterol is in the production of Vitamin D, as Vitamin D is actually a hormone that the body produces. There are other critical roles that cholesterol plays such as cell integrity, development of synapses in the brain, and other functions. The body wants and needs cholesterol, but what type of cholesterol is good or bad for you?
Types of cholesterol and risk factors
The general theory for the past two decades or so has been that HDL cholesterol is ‘good’ and LDL cholesterol is ‘bad.’ HDL cholesterol is good as it helps keep cholesterol away from the arteries and from building up as arterial plaque, which is a factor in the development of heart disease. LDL cholesterol has been suggested to contribute to plaque buildup and making the arteries less flexible and more narrow, which is the basis for atherosclerosis. This scenario seems to be easy to understand and straight forward; however, it is incomplete. Our latest understanding is that LDL itself isn’t the issue but oxidized LDL cholesterol, which tends to come from polyunsaturated fatty acids typically found in vegetable oils. These oils become unstable, otherwise known as radical, when exposed to heat and oxygen, and damage cells when brought into the body. So, while polyunsaturated fats can help lower LDL cholesterol they come with a risk factor as well. If these fats become radical they’ll actually promote damage instead of protecting the body.
A study on those suffering from a condition called hypercholesterolaemia, found that clotting factors and LDL levels were the statistically significant difference between those who had a coronary event. These individuals suffer from significantly higher levels of cholesterol on average with LDL levels two and a half times higher than what is considered healthy, but LDL levels were not found to be key to their long-term health.
How MCT Oil can help:
Ideally, we would want to keep LDL low, to lower the risk of oxidation damage, and do so without running the risk that high levels of polyunsaturated fats present. The answer to this desire is MCT oil. As a study in 2010 showed, MCT oil lowered LDL cholesterol levels while keeping overall cholesterol levels steady. Therefore HDL was increased, LDL decreased, and these improvements occurred without the same risks that polyunsaturated fats present to individuals.
Beyond weight loss and mental performance (improvements of MCT oil, it also appears that MCT oil can also help improve cholesterol. It is time to pour out a serving of MCT oil and have it as part of your wellness routine.