The Other Lipoprotein: Very Low Density Lipoprotein
You’ve undoubtedly heard of the good and bad cholesterol with the good cholesterol being the High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) and the bad being the Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL). The bad gets even worse however and it is called Very Low Density Lipoprotein or (VLDL).
Lipoproteins are part protein and part fat. The lower the density of the lipoprotein the worse it is because it is more fats than protein. The lipoproteins are the transporters of triglycerides and other lipids to the rest of the organs and tissues in the body. The lower the density, the more likely it is to get trapped in the arteries and decrease the opening through which blood can flow. This narrowing of the arteries is called atherosclerosis. This condition can quickly lead to coronary heart disease if left untreated.
Most VLDL is produced by the liver with the express purpose of transporting other fats through the blood to the rest of the body. In a healthy liver, over one quart of bile is produced each day containing the VLDL and LDL needed to form the membranes around each individual cell in the body. Very little of the VLDL is needed to do the job. The desirable level of VLDL in the blood is anything less than 40 mg/dL. When there is an excessive amount of cholesterol the blood cannot transport it all and it gets deposited in the blood vessels.
There are drugs commonly prescribed to inhibit the liver’s production of LDL and VLDL. Some also are designed to raise HDL in the process. This same effect can be achieved without the life long dependency on drugs by following a low cholesterol diet and by getting enough exercise. The way to do this effectively is outlined for you in The 60-Day Prescription Free Cholesterol Cure.
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