Cholesterol has been condemned since the early 1950’s. We’ve all heard the dangers and all the foods we should avoid.
But did you know?
Cholesterol is actually a very important and essential substance? Our brains are made up of cholesterol as well as our Nervous System. Its actually the Cholesterol we consume from animals that is affecting us by over consumption.
-Cholesterol plays an important role in our digestion.
-Every single cell in your body contains cholesterol, without that cholesterol no cell in your body could function.
-Cholesterol is so important that your liver produces 2000 milligrams of cholesterol every day.
-Our bodies use cholesterol to make all our important sex hormones and adrenal hormones.
-High cholesterol in the blood doesn’t come from eating foods high in cholesterol; it actually comes from a metabolism that is not efficient at handling the cholesterol you need.
What you really need to know and is critical is how much high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) you have in your body.
High-density lipoproteins, or “good cholesterol,” carry cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver, where it’s then processed and sent out of the body accordingly.
Too much LDL in the bloodstream can build up on the walls of the arteries that lead to the heart and the brain. This buildup forms plaque – a thick, hard substance that can cause blood vessels to become stiffer, narrower, or even blocked making it easier for blood clots to form. When a blood clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery, that’s when you’re at risk of a heart attack or stroke.