The Role of LDL Receptors in Managing Cholesterol
When it comes to cholesterol, not everything is bad. Managing cholesterol is all about how much cholesterol enters the blood stream and how much is used by the cells to produce Vitamin D, the cell membrane and important hormones. Managing cholesterol is still about diet – eating one that is low fat and low cholesterol – but what your body does with the cholesterol greatly impacts your ability to control it. This is where LDL or Low Density Lipoprotein receptors come into play.
Studies about how LDL receptors work have shown that as the liver produces cholesterol protein molecules on the outside of the cells draw the cholesterol from the blood and carry the low density lipoprotein through the blood stream. These LDL receptors are mostly found on the surface of the cells in the liver. Their job is to draw the cholesterol into the cells to make some of the vitamins and hormones needed by the body.
When there isn’t enough cholesterol taken from the blood the cholesterol builds up in the blood and, as it travels through the arteries, it sticks to the artery walls causing them to become narrow and clogged. This happens when LDL receptors are defective or there are too few of them. The key then to understanding how to prevent the build up is to make sure LDL receptors are working properly.
Some doctors believe LDL receptors break down as we age, and therefore leave older people with a bad case of high cholesterol. Of course fatty foods and those high in cholesterol also contribute to the breakdown in the functioning of the LDL receptors. A defect in LDL receptors is also an inherited condition in about 5 percent of the population.
The American diet appears to be one of the biggest culprits in creating deficiencies in LDL receptors. To find out how you can prevent the breakdown in your own system, get The 60-Day Prescription Free Cholesterol Cure.
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