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Good and bad cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fatty substance produced in our body and found in certain foods that we eat.
Practically everyone knows that cholesterol can be responsible for arteriosclerosis, heart attacks, a variety of illnesses, but very few are aware of the ways that it is essential to health.

Like everything else, there’s a good and bad side to cholesterol.
At least two-thirds of your body cholesterol is produced by the liver or in the intestine. It is found there as well as in the brain, the adrenals, and nerve fiber sheaths. And when it’s good, it’s very, very good:

  • Cholesterol in the skin is converted to essential vitamin D by the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
  • Cholesterol assists in the metabolism of carbohydrates. The more carbohydrates ingested, the more cholesterol produced.
  • Cholesterol is a prime supplier of life-essential adrenal steroid hormones, such as cortisone.
  • Cholesterol is a component of every membrane and necessary for the production of male and female sex hormones.

Differences in the behavior of cholesterol depend upon the protein to which it is bound. Lipoproteins are the factors in our blood which transport cholesterol.

Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) carry about 65 percent of blood cholesterol and are the bad guys who deposit it in the arteries where, joined by other substances, it becomes artery-blocking plaque.

Very-low-density lipoproteins (VLDL) carry only about 15 percent of blood cholesterol but are the substances the liver needs and uses to produce LDL.

High-density lipoproteins (HDL) carry about 20 percent of blood cholesterol and, composed principally of lecithin, are the good guys whose detergent action breaks up plaque and can transport cholesterol through the blood without clogging arteries.

A recent study found that people with big hips and trim waists have higher HDL cholesterol levels than do those with potbellies, which might explain why females, on the average, live eight years longer than males.

The higher your HDL the lower your chances of developing heart disease.
To increase HDL and decrease LDL in your body you can follow things:

  • Include foods and oils high in HDL in your diet. It will help to decrease LDL levels in your body.
  • Avoid the amount of saturated fats in your diet. In fact, no more than ten percent of your daily calories should be saturated fats. Reducing your daily intake of meat might be a good place to start.
  • Eating five ½ cup servings a day of fresh fruits and vegetables will help.
  • Increase consumption of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, and green vegetables in your diet. They raise HDL levels in the body.
  • Avoid refined carbohydrates like sugar and refined flours. They raise unhealthy blood cholesterol levels in the body.
  • Do exercise every day. Even going for a walk and increasing your heart rate for 15 minutes a day will help to boost your HDL levels.

It is difficult to make major lifestyle and dietary changes overnight. However, trying to implement some of these suggestions will greatly reduce your risk for heart disease. And living without the fear of a heart disease will allow you to enjoy life all the more.

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