Cholesterol, Spirulina, & The Bad Guy

Written by Joe Cohen, BS | Last updated:


Have you heard of the “Good All Along” trope?

It’s when a character on a TV show or movie is thought to be the bad guy, but turns out to have been “good” all along.

There are a lot of things that are inherently known as “bad”, like cholesterol. Most people associate cholesterol with things like heart disease and stroke, and in order to prevent that, they should consume less meat, fish, and dairy.

But the truth is: 75% of your total cholesterol is due to genes, and about 25% is due to diet.

The good news? SelfDecode 2.0 just dropped a brand-new Cholesterol Report – so you can check how your genetic variants play a role in your cholesterol levels!

How to use your genes to naturally lower your bad cholesterol

There are two major types of cholesterol, known as LDL and HDL.

HDL is “good” cholesterol because it helps your liver get rid of excess cholesterol. LDL is “bad” cholesterol (“L” for lousy) because it can stick to your blood vessels and cause heart problems, which is why it gets such a bad rap.

However, your body needs cholesterol to function properly. So, cholesterol isn’t ALWAYS the bad guy – it helps your body produce hormones and balance nutrients, and low cholesterol levels can have as much of an impact on your health as high cholesterol can. Everything’s about balance, right?

Checking my Cholesterol DNA Report showed me that my risk of high cholesterol was greater than 53% of the population – but just because my risk was average, doesn’t mean that my cholesterol levels are optimal.

Cholesterol Levels

For example, I carry the negative variant of the NPC1L1 gene, which is linked to higher levels of the “bad” cholesterol.

I now know that it may increase the amount of cholesterol my body absorbs, but what can I do to counteract that? Well, the scientists at SelfDecode have already done the work for me.

One of the top recommendations in my report was Spirulina. It helps reduce cholesterol absorption in my body, and is one of the things I’ve implemented into my health regimen to help reach optimal cholesterol levels!

It’s not a one-size-fits-all scenario.

I’ve paid many visits to Dr. Google only to find generalized health advice that isn’t always right for me.

What works for some might not work for others. So why is the health industry on a never ending search for one magic pill that will “fix” everything?

The reality is that optimal health is achieved by many small choices and actions that add up over time, based on what your body needs – and that looks different for everyone.

My Cholesterol DNA Report includes personalized health recommendations that are right for me, and only me (you make me feel so special, SelfDecode!) – because our health regimens should be as unique as our DNA.

Discover how your genes compare.

Do you think your risk of high cholesterol is average compared to the rest of the population, too? Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones and are below average – but you won’t know for sure until you check your genes.

Our new Cholesterol DNA Report is just one of the ways you can live a happier, healthier life – because taking control of your health and getting to the source of issues like high cholesterol starts by looking at your DNA.

As I see it, you have two options. First, you could find out how your health issues are being influenced by your genes, and get recommendations tailored to your unique body based on your DNA. Or, you could continue treating the symptoms of issues like high cholesterol without ever knowing the real reason why your health isn’t optimal, and risk developing heart issues in the future instead of taking preventative action today.

SelfDecode is the only company out there that makes it easy by providing you with the personalized recommendations you need to take back control of your health, all in one place.

About the Author

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen flipped the script on conventional and alternative medicine…and it worked. Growing up, he suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, and other issues that were poorly understood in traditional healthcare. Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a learning journey to decode his DNA and track his biomarkers in search of better health. Through this personalized approach, he discovered his genetic weaknesses and was able to optimize his health 10X better than he ever thought was possible. Based on his own health success, he went on to found SelfDecode, the world’s first direct-to-consumer DNA analyzer & precision health tool that utilizes AI-driven polygenic risk scoring to produce accurate insights and health recommendations. Today, SelfDecode has helped over 100,000 people understand how to get healthier using their DNA and labs.
Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, with a mission of empowering people to take advantage of the precision health revolution and uncover insights from their DNA and biomarkers so that we can all feel great all of the time.


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