Cholesterol, Can It Be Too Low?

Cholesterol, Can It Be Too Low?

Are you on a statin medication? For decades Western medicine has pushed the concept that high cholesterol is bad and that low cholesterol is better. Some evidence to suggest that cholesterol levels in certain populations are too low.

In an article written by William Shaw, PhD he sites studies that suggest that “low cholesterol can predispose people to violent behavior, suicide, depression, anxiety, delinquency, bipolar disease, Parkinson’s disease, manganese deficiency, celiac disease, hyperthyroidism, liver disease, malabsorption and malnutrition.”(1)

How does Cholesterol work?

The brain is the most cholesterol rich organ in the human body. Cholesterol is very important for the functioning of the brain and central nervous system. Low levels in adults are “associated with poorer performance on cognitive measures, which place high demands on abstract reasoning, attention/concentration, word fluency, and executive functioning. Lower cholesterol values were also found in chronic fatigue syndrome (2) and in children with dyslexia (3).”

Cholesterol is responsible for good mood and good social interactions.

Cholesterol is an important chemical that should be adjusted to the individual.

La Mer Integrative & Behavioral Medical Group will bring you current updates as this new, exciting area of research develops.


(1) Modai I, et al. Serum cholesterol levels and suicidal tendencies In psychiatric inpatients. J Clin Psychiatry. 1994 Jun;S5(6):252-4. 

(2) Talking Point, Official Journal of the M.E./CF.S. Society (SA) Inc. June 2001, page 38.

(3) Saviour P, et al. Familial patterns and biological markers of dyslexia. Int J Hum Genet, 9(1): 21-29 (2009).

Written by La Mer Integrative & Behavioral Medical Group Treatment Team:

Jerry Bruns MD, Indarjit Singh MD, Debra Herrera NP, Douglas Peterson PhD, Dr. Michael Huff, 

Tisha Sheikh MD