What factors are playing a role in Alzheimer’s, cognitive decline and cardiovascular disease?
Alongside oxidative stress and inflammation, altered cholesterol metabolism and hypercholesterolemia also significantly contribute to neuronal damage and to the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (Gamba P, et.al., 2015).
Levels of oxysterols derived from cholesterol oxidation and inflammatory mediators have been found to be increased in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients (Testa G, et.al., 2016).
Oxysterols, the major component of oxidized LDL is responsible for the increase in endothelial stiffness and is a key step in atherosclerosis development (Shentu TP, et.al., 2012).
When 70 people with mild cognitive impairment were compared with 140 normal individuals, oxysterol levels were significantly higher in the people with mild cognitive impairment (Liu Q, et.al., 2016).
Where do we find oxidized cholesterol?
Factors known to increase the production of free radicals and therefore oxidized cholesterol in foods are heat, light, radiation, oxygen, moisture and the storage of food at room temperature.
Processes, such as pre-cooking, freeze-drying, dehydration and irradiation, have all been reported to result in increased production of oxidized cholesterol in meats.
What can you do to reduce oxidized cholesterol?
The most obvious way to do it is to avoid the foods that contain the oxidized cholesterol.
The best way to do that is to eat plant based foods, since animal source protein is where you find oxidized cholesterol.
It would also be beneficial to take S-Acetyl Gutathione and Curcumin to reduce free radical damage and inflammation further.
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