By Cholesterol Truth
Feb. 24, 2012

Cholesterol is a substance that is generally painted as black by the medical and scientific communities, but the fact remains it is a substance that is innate to the body and forms a critical part of, among other things, key hormones, vitamin D and cell membranes. It’s also very concentrated in the brain, where it contributes to the functioning of ‘synapses’ – tiny gaps between cells which allow nerves to communicate with each other.

It has been noted that those who take statins (which reduce cholesterol) are at reduced risk of dementia and ‘cognitive decline’ in later life. This evidence appears, at first sight, to contradict the idea that cholesterol has an important and critical role to play in brain function.

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