A New Look at Cholesterol

Cholesterol and its Relation to Muscle Hypertrophy


LOW-DENSITY Lipoproteins get a bad reputation for their ability to build up in the walls of arteries, which causes a reduction in blood circulation, which often leads to heart disease and heart attacks.

HIGH-DENSITY Lipoproteins often help facilitate the removal of cholesterol from the arteries. However, LDL is significant in the fact that it serves as a warning sign that something is wrong and alerts the body to defend against the malady at hand.

People need to understand that you don’t want to completely rid yourself of bad cholesterol and understand that everyone needs a certain amount of both forms of cholesterol.

Reichman says, “Our tissues need cholesterol, and LDL delivers it. HDL, the good cholesterol, cleans up after the repair is done. And the more LDL you have in your blood, the better you are able to build muscle during resistance training.”

The study Reichman conducted serves as a useful finding in dealing with conditions such as sarcopenia (age-dependent muscle loss), which could help aging individuals fend of muscular atrophy that can shorten one’s life span.

The findings reveal how imperative essential fatty acids and saturated-fat-based diets are in overall health, and in a person’s plight for ultimate muscle mass accrual.

The take-home message here isn’t to start infusing copious amount of bacon, fast foods, and excessive animal fats into your blood by ingesting a poor diet, but to understand that precise implementation of saturated fats will be conducive in facilitating muscle hypertrophy.

I also believe saturated fats will increase healthy prostaglandin production, which will initiate a myriad of growth factors localized to muscle, and systemically. This could also play a major role in LDL’s influence on building big muscles. FLEX