Little Known Type Of Cholesterol — Oxycholesterol — May Pose The Greatest Heart Disease Risk

A little known type of cholesterol, oxycholesterol, may pose the greatest heart disease risk, researchers say. Shown is a diagram of a heart attack. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

A little known type of cholesterol, oxycholesterol, may pose the greatest heart disease risk, researchers say. Shown is a diagram of a heart attack. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Health-conscious people know that high levels of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the so-called “bad” cholesterol) can increase the risk of heart attacks. Now scientists are reporting that another form of cholesterol called oxycholesterol — virtually unknown to the public — may be the most serious cardiovascular health threat of all.

Fried and processed food, particularly fast-food, contains high amounts of oxycholesterol. Avoiding these foods and eating a diet that is rich in antioxidants, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, may help reduce its levels in the body, the researchers note.

Scientists have known for years that a reaction between fats and oxygen, a process termed oxidation, produces oxycholesterol in the body. Oxidation occurs, for instance, when fat-containing foods are heated, as in frying chicken or grilling burgers or steaks. Food manufacturers produce oxycholesterol intentionally in the form of oxidized oils such as trans-fatty acids and partially-hydrogenated vegetable oils. When added to processed foods, those substances improve texture, taste and stability. Until now, however, much of the research focused on oxycholesterol’s effects in damaging cells, DNA, and its biochemical effects in contributing to atherosclerosis. Chen believes this is one of the first studies on oxycholesterol’s effects in raising blood cholesterol levels compared to non-oxidized cholesterol.

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2 Responses to Little Known Type Of Cholesterol — Oxycholesterol — May Pose The Greatest Heart Disease Risk

  1. […]Low Cholesterol Foods. When you first learned that your cholesterol level is too high, you might start to imagine the illnesses you will have to suffer if you cannot reduce the cholesterol level in your blood[…]

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  2. Hi…
    Thank you so much for sharing this information. Cholesterol is indeed very harmful to heart. It is the cause of 90% artery blockages resulting into heart attacks. Hence one should always take cholesterol free foods to avoid heart diseases.

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