After reading Grain Brain, I'm wondering if my cholesterol levels are too low - I can't seem to find much information on what to do to raise levels. My background: Former Vegetarian turned Paleo 1.5 yrs ago. I'm moderately active (meaning much more active than the standard american), moving around a lot and practicing intense 90min yoga 1-2x weekly. I'm 37 yrs old, 5'6" and roughly 123lbs. I'm not looking to gain or lose weight, just looking for some of the protective benefits of cholesterol levels that are not too low (which Grain Brain mentions below 150, and Fat Head interview with Sally Fallon mentioned below 160). AUG 2008 (lacto-ovo vegetarian from 2002-2012)
MAY 2013 (and I ate 5 slices of pastured bacon the night before)
My provider's Recommended Ranges: Cholesterol 115-200, HDL 40-60, LDL 50-130, Triglycerides 10-149 So my HDL is significantly lower but way above the recommended range, cholesterol dropped slightly and I don't have basis for the other two. Interesting take on how going paleo will raise levels...nope. Current Diet: I'm nearly 99% Paleo + grassfed butter, with occasional paleo treats, dark chocolate & wine. My typical meal is half veggies, good chunk of varied proteins, & 1-3 Tbsp fats. I'm consuming tons of healthy fats, 12-18 eggs per week, coconut milk daily, occasional pastured lard, experimenting with bulletproof coffee (with grassfed butter, not ghee), I do bone broth when I have good bones, pretty well rounded. I don't eat a ton of fruit, nuts, or seeds. I think I get about 3000 calories per day with 50-60% of calories from fats 25-30% from proteins, and the rest carbs. I haven't jumped onto offal yet, but occasionally get a liverwurst from grainfed animals. I do a variety of wild caught/pastured, organic non-pastured, and CAFO animal products depending on my budget, the last group only the leanest cuts minus liverwurst. So what do I do? Exercise more, lift weights (I do lift my 3 kids a lot), add offal, get more sunshine, up the proteins, limit veggies (unlikely), test it again now that I'm trying bulletproof coffee, give it a rest because many people would be thrilled to have my numbers? I don't know. Thanks!
The cholesterol levels you post are good the way they are. If you really really want to change them, you should get a new lipid panel to see what they are currently and talk with your doctor about what you're planning to do (so he has a chance to talk you out of it).
Since it seems you don't understand how to interpret a lipid panel:
Honestly, I have a different view. If you have a low toxin and high antioxidant strict paleo diet or autoimmune paleo diet if you needed, without significant environmental disturbances like too much EMF, radiation and air pollution, you may in fact benefit from more cholesterol. See what's stated here:
"treating the neurons with a 10 mcg/mL solution of cholesterol increased synapse formation by 12 times!"
Also, ldl-c is most likely good for gaining muscle as stated here:
referring to this:
I myself never miss the edible parts of fish heads mainly for this reason and brain is the highest source of it and never think about checking my cholesterol levels, I only get them counted if I decide to have a blood test done for another reason and my point increasing the results/time given.
You can search for foods highest in cholesterol per calories here:
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