Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance produced by the liver. It is one of the lipids (fats) found in the blood. Overall, when people think of cholesterol, they think it is bad for their health. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Cholesterol is vital for cell membranes, hormone production, vitamin D production and healing the body.
It is often said that there are 2 types of cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol. In fact, HDL and LDL are the vehicles that carry cholesterol (the passenger) around the body. LDL transports cholesterol away from the liver to tissues and cells. It acts like a dump truck dropping cholesterol off where it needs to be. Some LDL particles are very small and can get into arteries and start the buildup of plaque. This is why LDL is considered “bad” cholesterol. HDL picks up and transports cholesterol back to the liver where it is recycled. It acts like a pick-up truck. This is why HDL is considered “good” cholesterol. An easy way to distinguish between the two is L stands for lousy and H stands for healthy. Many factors, such as genetics and diet, can affect levels of cholesterol in the blood as well as the balance between LDL & HDL. Since it is the liver that manufactures 80% of the cholesterol in the blood, ensuring you have a healthy liver is crucial for healthy cholesterol levels.
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- Cholesterol is found in many different foods (such as egg yolks), but moderate consumption of these foods does little to raise overall cholesterol levels.
- Getting enough fibre in your diet (to absorb excess cholesterol and carry it out of the body) will help to keep cholesterol levels in the healthy range.
- Incorporating omega-3 (with foods such as flax seeds and cold water fish) will complement a healthy diet.