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Is high cholesterol linked to better immunity?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 29, 2012 at 4:40 AM

This winter I was running on a diet rich in eggs (30/week) adn butter () 0.4kg/week. For me that caused high cholesterol (numbers here http://paleohacks.com/questions/109204/ldl-cholesterol-doubled-from-pre-paleo#axzz1tJ4wRMD1). During this period I experienced none of the seasonal colds and flues which I did have the winters before.

3weeks after I halved eggs and stopped using butted the colds andflues are back with full force.

Could there be link or is it a coincidence?

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on April 29, 2012
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This stuff interests me so very much! Check this out: http://www.functionalps.com/blog/2012/04/23/the-truth-about-low-cholesterol/

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on April 29, 2012
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This stuff interest me so very much! Check this out: http://www.functionalps.com/blog/2012/04/23/the-truth-about-low-cholesterol/

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on April 29, 2012
at 04:47 AM

correlation does not equal causation. But it is an interesting thought.

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on April 29, 2012
at 04:53 PM

2 great Jaminet posts: It seems that cholesterol binds to many pathogens. HDL and LDL defend from infections and pathogens destroy HDL/LDL - so people who are really sick from pathogenic diseases have cholesterol that plummets.

Blood Lipids and Infectious Disease, Part I http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=3836

Blood Lipids and Infectious Disease, Part II http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=4066

HDL and Immunity http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=3112

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on April 29, 2012
at 10:14 AM

Is it the only thing you changed in your diet and lifestyle?

I noticed too that my colds were gone since I eat lots of eggs, fish & some meat, so I'm also interested in the exact reasons for it, although for me my whole health went up since I went Paleo. Also the throwing out of my teflon-coated frying pans helped my occasional nose sniffing go away.

If you guess it is only the butter & eggs you've changed, try to add more eggs for a few weeks to see if it changes anything, then you can make a theory out of your practice :)

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on April 29, 2012
at 03:23 PM

I have also read recent abstracts/articles on the benefits of high cholesterol--or the higher mortality of low cholesterol.

My n=1, though, is that my cholesterol of 178 and I have made it through the past year with no acute/infectious illness. In my early months of unprocessed food I had 2 neo-binges and was sick both times but otherwise I've been healthy and high energy.

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on April 29, 2012
at 01:45 PM

I can't remember where I read it but the long and the short of an article I read, said that it is advantageous for people living in climates like those in Northern Europe to have high cholesterol. Something to do with cholesterol being part of the immune system.

BTW. Please feel free to add detail or correct me where I'm wrong.

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