Cholesterol: Good or bad? ~ Focus On Health

Apr 4, 2008

Cholesterol: Good or bad?

cholesterolIn today's world, almost everything is free… not that everything was priceless. It seems clear that we have reached the time when we become more aware of our health status. Thus, it seems to be the time of all that is free. Try digitizing each product available in your local store, and you will see what I mean.

Your bread is bromate-free; your yogurt is fat-free, and your cooking oil is cholesterol-free, and your canned soup Conservative is free, and the list goes on. Now you begin to wonder about the next franchise base you want to meet.

This is not altogether bad. In fact, health experts encourage us to be more sensitive on the food we eat and the nutrients that we receive from them. However, all that is not free is healthy. Our bodies need certain substances to be able to function well.
Let's look on cholesterol, for example. Simply defined, cholesterol is a fatty substance that occurs naturally in the blood, cell walls, and most of the tissues of the body. Cholesterol is manufactured by the liver, and it enters the body by eating foods rich in saturated fats.

There are two types of cholesterol, which is what they termed as good and bad cholesterol. Like the split personality of literary Jekyll and Hyde, he has a good side, because it is needed for certain important functions of the body. But for many people, cholesterol also has a dark side. When present in excessive quantities, it can injure the blood vessels, the cause of heart attacks and stroke.

Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) is the "bad" cholesterol. This is the form in which cholesterol is transported in the blood and is the leading cause of the accumulation of harmful fat in the arteries. The higher the level of LDL cholesterol in the blood, the greater the risk of heart disease.
On the other hand, high density lipoprotein (HDL) is the "good" cholesterol. This "good" cholesterol, blood cholesterol transported to the liver, where it can be removed. HDL helps prevent the accumulation of cholesterol in blood vessels. Low HDL increased risk of heart disease.

So, before you go to your program deprivation cholesterol, remember that cholesterol is essential to human life. It builds and repairs cells, it is used to produce sex hormones, like estrogen and testosterone, it is converted into bile acids to help digest food and is found in large quantities in the brain and nervous tissue.