Higher serum cholesterol levels were also associated with an increase in muscle size and strength.
Belleville, IL (PRWEB) March 04, 2013
For many individuals, the following will probably come as a surprise. Americans have long thought cholesterol to be a cause of heart disease and have avoided it for this reason alone. Nevertheless, there is still conflicting information regarding this topic and some evidence pointing to the contrary: http://how2gainmusclefast.com/the-truth-about-saturated-fat-cholesterol/
Despite this, researchers at Texas A&M University are suggesting that higher levels of cholesterol may be associated with an increase in muscle strength and size.
“The researchers observed 55 healthy men and women, ages 60-69, who were non-smokers and were able to perform various tests of exercise and training.
Three days per week for a period of 12 weeks, the participants exercised using a variation of techniques, including stretching, stationary bike riding and weight training. The participants also stuck to a similar diet throughout the 12 week period.
At the conclusion of the study, researchers found that those with a higher dietary cholesterol intake built the most amount of muscle and increased their strength more than those with a lower cholesterol intake.”
“Riechman noted that higher serum (blood) cholesterol levels were also associated with an increase in muscle size and strength.”
“According to Riechman, those who took statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) over the course of the 12 week period experienced less muscle growth than those who did not.”
Riechman believes that a higher cholesterol intake is associated with an increase in muscle size, due to the fact that cholesterol plays a direct role in the inflammation process. Riechman, along with many other researchers, believes that inflammation plays a significant role in the muscle building equation.
Although there is research to suggest that consuming a diet lower in cholesterol may help reduce the risk of heart disease, the average gym buff could benefit from increasing their cholesterol intake.
Regardless, building muscle mass requires more than simply increasing cholesterol intake – hitting the gym on a regular basis is important as well: http://how2gainmusclefast.com/muscle-building-secrets/
Always consult with a doctor or physician before beginning any exercise regime.