How does oatmeal lower cholesterol?

I know it soaks it up like a sponge from the food we eat, but does it affect the cholesterol that is already in the bloodstream or the cholesterol that is manufactured by the body?

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  • You don’t want to lower total cholesterol. You want to raise HDL. In fact, it’s the total cholesterol to HDL ratio you want to lower. Mathematically you could try to lower cholesterol, but biologically that’s bad.

    Cholesterol isn’t the bad guy in the body. In fact cholesterol is used for the growth and repair of every cell in the body. It’s absolutely essential. And your body produces most of its own cholesterol.

    When you have inflammation in the arteries your body produces LDL cholesterol to perform repairs. The LDL acts somewhat like band-aids over the inflammation. When the repair is completed it’s the HDL that comes along to remove the "used" LDL. That’s the proper function. But when you don’t have enough HDL the LDL can’t be removed so you end up with plaques – or Heart Disease.

    Now the problem with reducing LDL should now be clear. Your body produces LDL when it has inflammation. So if you try to reduce LDL you are fighting your body’s normal repair functions and so you prevent the repairs from taking place. That’s bad.

    Increasing HDL is the only healthy answer.

    And guess what? After all these years of telling us that fat and cholesterol is bad, it’s the saturated fat that helps to raise HDL cholesterol and that protects us from Heart Disease!

    This is one of the reasons I enjoy bacon and eggs for breakfast every morning. And my latest lipid blood-work results were fantastic!

    The cause of the inflammation is carbs – sugars and starches. Avoid them.

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