The Cholesterol Myth Unravels Further

Most cells in our body use either fat or glucose as a fuel source. The one exception to this rule is the brain as none of the cells can use fat for fuel. This is probably because the brain is made up of fat and so it is much too precious to be used as an energy supply. Fats are digested in the intestine and released into the bloodstream in a large ball. In the liver, fats are sorted out and redistributed into smaller particles containing cholesterol. These parcels are called lipoproteins and they transport fat around the body. Cholesterol has been much maligned but it has many health benefits; it plays a critical role in our cell membranes, we use it to make bile acids which help us to digest fat, we need it to produce our sex hormones and also Vitamin D. Low cholesterol levels have been linked to violent behaviour due to changes in brain activity and now there is reason to believe that low-fat diets and/or cholesterol lowering drugs may cause or contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.



Fleur Borrelli PG Dip cPNI, BSc Nut Med, psycho-neuro-immunologist and nutritional therapist is one of the Uk’s first psycho-neuro-immunology clinicians. Psycho-neuro-immunology is a multi layered approach to natural medicine, which looks at recovering the (biochemical, immunological, emotional, etc…) pathways to optimal health. It is based on the latest developments in the fields od psychology, neurology, endocrinology, immunology, evolutionary biology and epigenetic – all underpinned by nutritional medicine, exercise and psychosocial techniques.

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