Cholesterol and the Animal Based Diet

Cholesterol and the Animal Based Diet

I often get asked if our supplements affect cholesterol.

While it's tempting to simply say no, it's more complex than that. An animal-based diet will influence cholesterol levels, so the real question is whether cholesterol negatively impacts us.

This is an old argument that has been debunked by many scholars. Dr. Paul Mason, a researcher and advocate for low-carb, animal-based diets, recently shared insights in his lecture titled "Decoding Atherosclerosis: The Clotting Theory and Seed Oil Toxicity". Watch it here.

Oxidative stress in the blood can trigger clotting, a significant risk factor for heart attacks. This condition often involves blood clots forming in the presence of oxidized LDL, influenced by:

  1. Plant sterols (phytosterols) from seed oils, which oxidize quickly and become toxic in the blood.
  2. Pollution particles.
  3. Smoking.
  4. Lead.

Animal fats help maintain healthy blood membranes and support red blood cells, contributing to overall bodily health. Additionally, nitric oxide production, boosted by exercise, promotes healthy arteries. A diet and lifestyle that minimize plant sterols and enhance nitric oxide levels in the blood lead to healthier blood and arteries.

So, do our supplements contribute to cholesterol? No. 

Does an animal-based diet contribute to cholesterol? Yes.

Is this a bad thing? No.

Poor diets and lack of exercise can cause blood clots. Like many experts, I advocate for reducing plant intake and maintaining an active lifestyle that will keep you healthy and full of life.