Thursday, May 1, 2008

HDL - new information about the "good cholesterol"

Hello all,

I have finished writing a web page about HDL levels and how to raise them. In researching this topic, I became aware of some new information about HDL that changes the way I have thought about this topic.

Apparently HDL is an "antioxidant" and this explains at least in part it association with a reduced risk of heart disease. I though it odd that the antioxidant status of HDL is something I never heard about in the mainstream media, and it was only through my own research necessitated by my writing a page on it, that I came across this information.

Another bit of information that I found was that a certain amount of saturated fat is needed for the body to make HDL, which suggest that low fat diets in which saturated fat is avoided might have the effect of "lowering" HDL, which is the exact opposite of what you would want.

Fat metabolism is a complex subject and as I aquire new information I will be sharing it with you!

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