GAPS and High Cholesterol Part Two

If you haven't read part one, you can - it's right here.

So first of all, I want to talk a bit about what exactly this 'bad' LDL cholesterol really is.
Cholesterol is actually really important in our bodies - it's an antioxidant; it protects cell membrane structure; preserves cell membrane function; it's the building block of most hormones; it protects neurons and reduces risk of depression, suicide and neurodegenerative disorders; protects heart and arteries; protects muscle cells and prevents chronic fatigue; protects liver cells and prevents liver injury.

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The  LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol is not really a different type of cholesterol from that in the HDL (high- density lipoprotein). The difference between LDL and HDL cholesterols is how many proteins are attached to the cholesterol molecule; HDL has more of proteins and LDL has less. The actual cholesterol in both is identical. So, in reality whether cholesterol is bound to more proteins or less of them depends on the metabolism of proteins which, in turn, depends on the metabolism of oxygen, free radicals, and acidity in the body.

And so we come to my plan of attack. Obviously, as I mentioned yesterday the plan is going to include more low level exercise and some light weight training, but I need to attack this a little more aggressively if I'm going to avoid taking statins. Which brings me to liposomal vitamin C.

I heard of using large doses of vitamin C to treat cancer (usually IV by the NHS, but the real success stories are people who take a liposomal version orally and really dose up). 

It turns out, the benefits of liposomal vitamin C include lowering LDL cholesterol; raising HDL cholesterol; improving blood flow and circulation; scrubbing plaque from veins and arteries and making blood cells less 'sticky' (clot forming). 

It all sounds good, and it's GAPS legal. 

I'm going to be a guinea pig and test this out for the next 3-6 months, and I'll let you know the results of my next scheduled blood tests. 

If you are interested in making your own liposomal vitamin C at home (it works out much cheaper than buying it) here's a video to show you how. 

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