Statins are drugs that affect your body. They have the capacity of decreasing your cholesterol levels. What they do is blocking an important substance that your body needs to produce cholesterol. Also, statins could possibly help your system reabsorb cholesterol that turns into plaques that clog your artery walls. This is important because it prevents further blockage in your blood vessels and it also prevents heart attacks. But now, they are being featured as a way to reduce overall levels of inflammation, even though, new research reveals that statins may lessen brain function and increase risk for heart disease¹.
It is important to remember that the brain needs cholesterol to prosper because it is a critical brain nutrient essential for the function of neurons and it plays a role as a building block of the cells membrane.
Cholesterol also acts as an antioxidant and a precursor to important brain supporting elements like vitamin D, as well as the steroid-related hormones and it’s is an essential fuel to the neurons.
Neurons rely on the transportation of cholesterol for the bloodstream using a specific carrier protein because they are unable to generate significant cholesterol by themselves. This protein is called LDL which is a carrier protein that captures good cholesterol and transport it to the neuron. Sadly, LDL has been devalued because it’s been accused of causing thick plaques that clog the arteries.
But the reality is that LDL is actually an allied to protecting you from stroke and dementia². Actually, LDL is only bad when it’s no longer able to deliver cholesterol to the brain. Now, how does LDL become so damage that it cannot longer perform it’s duty?
This happens when LDL gets oxidized and one of the most common ways is through physical modification by glucose. Sugar molecules attach themselves to LDL and change the molecules shape, making them less useful and increasing free radical production.
The reality is that if we want to push the boundaries of human longevity, live long past 100 years old and naturally prevent, treat and even cure an amount of brain-based maladies such as: depression, insomnia, anxiety, autism and Alzheimer’s, we need to start changing the way we think and get rid off old ideas that are no longer valid.