What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol and triglycerides are fatty wax-like substances that are found in all cells in the body and circulate in the blood. Cholesterol and triglycerides are necessary for life, but an overabundance can lead to heart disease.

Your liver produces much of your cholesterol; but cholesterol may also increase from the foods we consume. Of primary concern are low-density lipoproteins (LDL) or bad cholesterol. These lipoproteins carry cholesterol to the artery walls to form deposits or plaques. LDL Cholesterol comes from foods that contain saturated fats such as egg yolks, whole milk, cheese, fatty meats,  and palm / coconut oil.

High-density lipoprotein (HDL), or good cholesterol, removes cholesterol from the body, preventing deposits from forming in the artery walls. The more HDL you have, the more cardioprotective you are. to raise HDL cholesterol, we recommend you get regular exercise, quit smoking and maintain ideal body weight.

What is Good and Bad Cholesterol?


Risk factors for high cholesterol


Elevated triglyceride levels can also lead to poor health. High triglyceride levels may be caused by some medications, hereditary factors, diabetes, consuming too much fat, alcohol, carbohydrates or calories.

Reducing cholesterol and triglycerides can slow the buildup of coronary plaques in the arteries and reduce your risk of heart attacks caused by coronary artery disease.

How to lower your Triglycerides


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