Cholesterol and Your Heart

Cholesterol is found in every cell in our body and without it our bodies would not function properly, including your heart.

 

According to The American Heart Association cholesterol cannot be dissolved in the blood and has to be carried to and from the cells by lipoproteins. Lipoproteins come in two types. The first is the low density cholesterol (LDL) which is also known as the “bad” cholesterol. The second type is the high density cholesterol (HDL) which is known as the “good” cholesterol. Research indicates that high density cholesterol seems to guard against heart problems while the low density causes buildup on the artery walls which lead to heart disease.

One of the most important jobs of cholesterol is to aide in the production of hormones. Cholesterol is stored in the adrenal glands, ovaries and the testicles and is converted to steroid hormones. These steroid hormones perform other vital duties to help the body function properly. According to some research, without steroid hormones it is possible to have problems with weight, sex, digestion, bone health and mental status. Cholesterol is used to produce the steroid hormones required for normal development and functioning. These include the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone in women and testosterone in men.

Cholesterol plays an important role in our body’s digestion. Cholesterol is used to help the liver create bile which aids us in digesting the food that we eat. Bile is stored in thegallbladder. Without the bile our bodies are unable to properly digest foods, especially fats. The presence of bile is required before cholesterol can be absorbed from foods. The body also needs bile in order to absorb vitamins A,D,E and K. When the fat goes undigested it can get into the bloodstream and cause additional problems such as blockages of the arteries and cause heart attacks and heart disease.

Other steroid hormones produced from cholesterol include cortisol, which is involved in regulating blood-sugar levels and defending the body against infection, and aldosterone, which is important for retaining salt and water in the body. When the skin is exposed to sunlight the body can even use cholesterol to make a significant amount of vitamin D, the vitamin responsible for helping to get strong bones and teeth.

Your body needs a small amount of cholesterol to function properly and has the ability to make all the cholesterol it needs for it’s various functions. But we may get too much saturated fat and cholesterol in our diet, and both raise levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol. LDL cholesterol can cause plaque to build up in arteries, leading to heart disease. HDL “good” cholesterol, on the other hand, helps clear bad cholesterol from your blood. You want to lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol, starting with your diet and the right health supplements. If taken consistency, Balanced Green Energy Food has been known to help balance cholesterol levels.

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