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Understanding Cholesterol

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Whenever the word cholesterol comes up in any conversation, almost always, people are talking about how high levels of cholesterol can be bad for your body and can even be fatal.
What one never hears about is the fact that cholesterol is essential for our bodies. Hereís a look at the cholesterol molecule, and how it benefits our bodies.

The cholesterol molecule is a wax like fatty substance, which comes from a family of molecules known as steroids. The cholesterol molecule is present in our blood, as well as all the cells in
body tissue. A cholesterol molecule does not enter our bodies through food, but is made by different parts of our body. Body tissues that have highly packed membranes, such as the liver, arethoma, etc are known to produce more cholesterol molecules and have more cholesterol present
in their cells.

A form of the cholesterol molecule, if present in large numbers in our bodies, can form deposits known as plaque on the walls of our arteries, which can in turn block the flow of blood supply and cause heart problems. But, the cholesterol molecule also plays an important part in the following:

oIn the formation of sex hormones (so definitely canít be all bad).

oCholesterol molecules help the cells to withstand temperature fluctuations and also protect the nerve fibers.

oCholesterol molecules help in digestion of food through production of bile salts.

oHDL Cholesterol molecules act as a broom and sweep LDL Cholesterol molecules from the arteries.

oThe conversion of Vitamin D from sunlight is helped by the cholesterol molecule.

Thus, the cholesterol molecule is essential for bodily functions, but as forms of it can be harmful in increased quantities, people should control the amounts of cholesterol molecules present in their bodies. This
can be best done through improved diet, and lifestyle and, when called for, through the short term
use of certain medications.

About the Author

Dave Saunders is a certified nutritional educator, wellness coach,
member of the American International Association of Nutritional Education (AIANE)
and author. He is also the host of a weekly, nation-wide telephone lecture on health and nutrition.
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