and Other Stories of How Saturated Fat is Good for You
Maybe cholesterol hates the heart (I doubt it), but it loves the brain. 25% of our body's cholesterol is found in the brain, and synapses need cholesterol do do their whole "thinking" thing. Without cholesterol, or with a cholesterol level that is too low, our brains are toast. In addition to forming the synapse and being involved in key signaling processes, cholesterol is vital for the formation of myelin. Myelin is the insulation that keeps our wires from getting crossed in the nervous system. People with Alzheimer's have decreased ability to make and repair damaged myelin. And so we come around to ApoE, an apolipoprotein, and the key to cholesterol in the brain.