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August 12, 2014

Faulty lipid metabolism

by Helene van den Berg

Cholesterol must be esterified to a fatty acid (EFA,) for transport in the blood.

Faulty lipid metabolism lies at the root of many degenerative diseases. It may be caused by:

  • Too much of the wrong kinds of fats in our diet
  • Too much total fat
  • Deficiency of the right kinds of fats
  • Deficiency of mineral and vitamin co-factors.

For health, all essential nutrients have to be in place, working together e.g. CANCER involves fatty degeneration. In animal experiments, it has been shown that cancer can be induced by deficiency of essential fatty acids (EFAs) – too many saturated fatty acids, too many calories, deficiency of zinc, iron, oxygen, vitamins A, C, E, B1 , B2 , B3 , pantothenic acid, sulphur , selenium, and protein (esp. methionine)- all lead to cancer!.

Multiple sclerosis (MS), long viewed primarily as an autoimmune disease, is caused by faulty metabolism, involving the EFA, linoleic and linolenic acids. It is in many ways more similar to coronary atherosclerosis than to other autoimmune diseases. The primary cause of MS can be traced to transcription factors in cell nuclei that control the uptake, breakdown and release of lipids in the body. Disruption of these proteins, known as peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs), causes a toxic byproduct, called oxidized LDL to form plaques on the affected tissue. The accumulation of plaque triggers an immune response, which leads to scarring. When lipid metabolism fail in the arteries, you get atherosclerosis. When lipid metabolism fail in the central nervous system, you get MS. Men and women metabolize fats differently. Disruption of fat metabolism, is more likely to affect the production of myelin and the central nervous system, in women, than in men – therefore MS is more prevalent amongst women. Treatment of MS includes, diet, metabolic enzymes and statin drugs. Vitamin D helps to lower cholesterol, therefore a lack of vitamin D increases the likelihood of MS, especially with a diet high in fats and carbohydrates.

Over 60% of the population is deficient in one or more essential nutrient. At least 68% die from degenerative diseases. Essential nutrients deficiencies common among humans are: vitamins A, B’s, C, E, zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium and EFA deficiencies.

Fat also act as CARRIERS for the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Removing fat from foods, also removes these vitamins (e.g. low-fat foods). Fats aid in the absorption of vitamin D; fats help make calcium available to the bones, teeth and body tissues; they are also important for the conversion of carotene to vitamin A.

Therefore vitamins and minerals, the co-factors of fat metabolism, are needed for a healthy, vigorous, long life!.

A fat deficiency, could lead to loss of the fat-soluble vitamins, eczema, or other skin disorders. If fat is extremely deficient, severely retarded growth would result. If lack of carbohydrates is accompanied by lack of water in the diet or if there is a kidney malfunction, fats can’t be completely metabolized and may become toxic to the body.

To conclude: fats are beneficial for the following reasons:

  • Supply energy (muscles)
  • Provide valuable nutrients to the body.
  • Carriers of fat – soluble vitamins
  • Protect organs (liver, heart, kidneys etc.)
  • Insulates and preserves body heat.
  • Creadte a sensation of fullness after a meal (prolonged digestion, by slowing down the stomach’s secretion of hydrochloric acid)
  • Natural oils provide a healthy complexion
  • Nourish the scalp for shiny hair.
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