You’ve probably heard about “good” and “bad” cholesterol…
And how the good kind helps protect your heart while the bad kind jeopardizes it.
Well, it turns out that good cholesterol also protects another vital organ in your body – the liver.
In case you forgot or don’t know…
We have LDLs (aka bad cholesterol), which deliver cholesterol to your tissues from your liver.
These form “fatty streaks” in your blood vessels, and over time, can evolve into nasty plaques….Which can one day explode and cause heart attacks.
We also have HDLs (aka good cholesterol), which does the opposite. HDL delivers cholesterol back to your liver, preventing potentially deadly plaques.
A specific type of HDL, called HDL3 has now been shown to reduce liver damage. [R]
By preventing harmful bacterial molecules from activating an inflammatory response, HDL3 is able to protect the liver from toxins.
In fact, surgical trials have shown that the worst thing to do to humans is remove the part of the liver that makes the most HDL3.
And let me tell you, liver damage is one of the most dehumanizing diseases imaginable. It’s not fun.
Late-stage sufferers of liver failure report throwing up or going to the bathroom constantly. So much that they end up avoiding their friends and family.
They say they’re always tired but can’t lay down due to the acid reflux, so they wake up exhausted and worn out due to muscle soreness from the awkward sleep positions.
With the blanket demonization of cholesterol in trendy diets, the high prevalence of liver failure we see today is not surprising.
After all, if you reduce your fat intake, it follows that you’ve also lowered your HDL3 levels and exposed your liver to threats.
Taking care of your liver seems is a two-fold process.
1. Preventative: Reduce liver threats like alcohol, medications like Tylenol, fructose, xenoestrogens, and other toxins.
2. Protective: Icrease HDL3 levels through an HDL rich diet of olive oil, fatty fish, nuts, and avocados.
The good news is, the liver is a regenerative organ. Even if you haven’t done a good job of taking care of it so far, it’s not necessarily too late to start.
To check your cholesterol levels, your best bet is a blood-cholesterol test from your doctor’s office.
Here are some target cholesterol levels for men over 20:
• LDL: 100mg/dL or LOWER
• HDL: 40mg/dL or HIGHER