Cholesterol and Testosterone: The Most Important Building Block of them All
Cholesterol has a bad reputation. It’s easily the most misunderstood molecule on the planet and people still believe that it’s an evil sterol that will only block your arteries.
Therefore the common mantra often is: The lower the cholesterol, the better
But that’s not the whole story. Actually the evidence of cholesterol causing harm in the body, is very scant and inconclusive, and there’s tons of respected peer-reviewed studies which clearly show that dietary cholesterol intake has little to nothing to do with cardiovascular risk.
While I don’t have the time and energy to explain you the full details of the cholesterol myth, I’m going to go ahead and give you few links so that you can draw your own conclusions:
a) This great post from Art of Manliness shows in detail how Brett doubled his testosterone levels in 90 days by eating a high fat diet filled with cholesterol. At the end of the 90 day case study, his blood profile improved dramatically.
b) This fine article from Mark’s Daily Apple explains the controversy behind cholesterol, and shows you why cholesterol after all, isn’t the bad guy.
c) This 8-year $415 million study examined the effects of low-fat low-cholesterol diet on several health parameters of their 48,835 test subjects. What the researchers found out was that a diet low in total fat and cholesterol did NOT reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
On top of the info above, I’d like to tell you that I’ve been eating a diet extremely high in saturated fat and cholesterol for the past 4 years or so. According to several blood tests I’ve taken during that time frame, my cardiovascular health has been – and still is – in extraordinarily amazing condition.
So now that you hopefully understand the real deal behind cholesterol, and know that the mainstream knowledge about cholesterol is absolutely screwed, I’d like to explain you why it’s beneficial for a man to eat a diet high in fat and cholesterol:
Cholesterol and Male Testosterone Levels
Cholesterol is a sterol, more accurately a modified steroid, a lipid molecule.
This lipid molecule has several crucial roles all around the body, and cholesterol is so important that if you’re not getting enough from your diet, your liver will synthesize it to keep you alive.
It’s present in all of your cells, being especially dense in the membrane where it gives your cells the ability to send messages between each other so that you’re actually a human being, instead of just a dead pile of cells that can’t communicate.
Cholesterol can also be found in high amounts inside the brain and it’s vital for its complex processes.
And here’s exactly why cholesterol is vital for your testosterone production:
Cholesterol is a precursor for all your sex hormones, and this includes the principal male hormone: testosterone.
The final part of the whole testosterone synthesis is simply when luteinizing hormone (LH) triggers the testicular leydig cells to convert cholesterol (or into testosterone inside the ball sack.
Meaning that cholesterol, the actual lipid molecule, is like baby testosterone.
In other words: Follow a low-fat diet with inadequate amounts of dietary cholesterol, and you’re not going to reduce your cardiovascular risk by a bit, however your testosterone levels will most certainly hit rock bottom…
…Eat a diet high in fat and cholesterol, but reduce the amount of polyunsaturated fatty (which easily oxidizes), and you’re more than likely going to improve your blood profile and get more testosterone as a result (just like I did, and just like Brett from AOM did).
Just eat the damn fat and don’t worry a bit about the cholesterol intake, they’re not the real causes of cardiovascular disease and modern day research has clearly shown that.
Heck, even most of the health experts who have touted low-fat diets in the past are now turning their heads around. Only the idiots who have too big of an ego to admit that they were wrong still blame cholesterol for everything…
…Which is weird when you think about the fact that cholesterol is absolutely vital for your body as it’s the precursor for all steroid hormones and controls the outer layer of every cell in your body.
Heck, even if you’re stupid enough to avoid dietary cholesterol, your liver has to synthesize it to keep you alive.
NOTE: At the end of the day I’m not a doctor, just a guy who happens to know a bit too much about testosterone and human anatomy. Everything here on the internet should be taken with a grain of salt, even my articles. That’s why I encourage you to do your own research and to draw your own conclusions. I’m just here to get you started.