Regulating VLDL cholesterol levels can help prevent heart disease and fatty liver disease. For proper liver function, VLDL cholesterol must be in perfect balance, not too high or too low. In his research, Dr. Shadab Siddiqi set on to find an easier way to regulate VLDL.
Dr. Siddiqi uncovered a protein known as Small Valosin-Containing Protein (SVIP). This protein regulates the amount of VLDL (very low density lipoproteins) that gets released into the bloodstream. SVIP contains a binding site for myristic acid, a saturated fatty acid that is found in butterfat and animal fats, especially red meat. The researchers found that only myristic acid activates SVIP to secrete excess VLDL into the blood. Without myristic acid, the liver did not secrete VLDL, which resulted in fat buildup in the liver, potentially leading to cancer.
Dr. Siddiqi explained, “These findings suggest that our diet modulates the complex molecular processes that have profound effects on our health and lifespan. The challenge will be in creating a therapy that does not impact the liver’s many other functions.”
Below you will find some effective diet-changing tips to consider in order to better balance your VLDL cholesterol.