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Cholesterol The Natural and Essential Part Of Your Body

Mar 13, 2008
There has been so much bad press about cholesterol these days that most people do not know that cholesterol is actually essential to the proper functioning of the body. Cholesterol is part of the production of sex hormone, regulate mood and the body defense to stress because of its mood regulating property. There are 2 category of cholesterol, not the commonly known good and the bad, but the dietary and blood cholesterol.

Most of us may not be aware that 80% of cholesterol are produce by our own liver. These cholesterol comprise of the so call good and the bad cholesterol. The good cholesterol protect us from heart disease and stroke while the bad cholesterol does the exact opposite of exposing us to the risk of such diseases. We have to understand how both the "good" and "bad" cholesterol works in our body so we can make the right choice in our diet, exercise and lifestyle to bring the cholesterol to an optimal level.

The cholesterol our liver produce are called the blood cholesterol and circulate in our vascular system. While dietary cholesterol are the cholesterol ingested from our food and diet, absorbed by our digestive system into our bloodstream. These are the difference between these 2 category of cholesterol.

Dietary cholesterol plays a minute role to our cholesterol level compare to if you have family history of cholesterol problem, presence of thyroid, diabetes and kidney disease. Lifestyle choices such as smoking, exercise routine and our body weight also plays a much more important role in our cholesterol level then dietary cholesterol.

There is a connection between the amount of fat, especially saturated fat and trans fatty acids that we consume and the level of our LDL cholesterol, (the bad one). When we eat an abundance of foods such as meat, egg yolks, dairy products, and foods that contain hydrogenated fats we can help to increase our LDL cholesterol level which is the "bad cholesterol". We want our LDL blood cholesterol level to be low and our HDL blood cholesterol level to be high in order for our bodies to be heart healthy. We should limit or avoid foods such as French fries, doughnuts, breaded or fried chicken, fish, crackers, cookies and baker products when trying to reduce our intake of trans fats (trans fatty acids).

When lowering our LDL cholesterol level it is better to lower the intake of fat and trans fats rather than to avoid or lower our consumption of dairy products, meat and eggs as these items are nutritionally important to our bodies. It is important to lower our LDL cholesterol level, but equally important to give our bodies adequate amounts of calcium, B-vitamins, protein, iron, and zinc.

Having high HDL cholesterol is healthy for our body because it helps to break-up the plaque that high levels of LDL cholesterol help to form in arteries leading to the heart and brain. HDL cholesterol can also help to reduce LDL cholesterol and get rid of it from our systems.

Cholesterol, the good one, the bad one are produced by our liver and essential in the proper function of our body, is not all bad. It is only bad when we have too much of the bad ones. The good cholesterol even helps in maintaining a healthy heart and brain.
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