Cholesterol and Vitamin D
One of cholesterol's many functions in the body is to act as a precursor to vitamin D. Vitamin D can also be obtained from foods, but animal foods that provide this vitamin tend to be high in cholesterol. Since cholesterol is a precursor to vitamin D, inhibiting the synthesis of cholesterol will also inhibit the synthesis of vitamin D. Because sunlight is required to turn cholesterol into vitamin D, avoiding the sun will likewise undermine our ability to make vitamin D. And since vitamin D-rich foods are also rich in cholesterol, low-cholesterol diets are inherently deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D is best known for its role in calcium metabolism and bone health, but new roles are continually being discovered for it, including roles in mental health, blood sugar regulation, maintenance of the immune system, and cancer prevention. Yet common modern advice - which often includes taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, avoiding the sun or always wearing sunscreen, and a low-cholesterol diet, combined with a recommended daily intake of vitamin D that is far below what researchers now believe to be sufficient - may lead to widespread vitamin D deficiency. (www.cholesterol-and-health.com) Ask us about quality vitamin D supplements.