Jul 12, 2021
High cholesterol levels could place you at risk of developing heart disease if left untreated. Although having too much cholesterol in your body is not healthy, you still need it to carry out certain essential functions in the body. So, you cannot go completely without it.
Yet few people know about its benefits, and even medical experts are still discovering the many roles that it plays in the body.
What Is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol—a waxy compound that some have likened to soft candle wax—is a kind of sterol. Sterols are a type of fat found in the tissues of both plants and animals, although only animals have varying amounts of cholesterol. Your body manufactures much of the cholesterol it needs in the liver, but you can also obtain it through your diet. Animal products such as chicken, beef, eggs, or dairy products contain cholesterol.
What's Cholesterol Doing in There?
Although cholesterol tends to get a bad rap, it also performs several important functions in the body:
The Difference Between Good and Bad Cholesterol
If cholesterol is so necessary, why is it sometimes described as "bad" and at other times as "good?"
Your liver packages cholesterol into so-called lipoproteins, which are combinations of lipids (fats) and proteins. Lipoproteins operate like commuter buses that carry cholesterol, other lipids like triglycerides, fat-soluble vitamins, and other substances through the bloodstream to
the cells that need them.
Article by: https://www.verywellhealth.com/benefits-of-cholesterol-what-is-it-good-for-3859584
Ray and Nancy Nolan are partners in life and business. They both graduated cooking college, Ray in Ireland and Nancy at SAIT in Calgary.
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