Cholesterol is an organic compound that is produced primarily by the liver. It is used to produce many hormones and cellular membranes in our body and is vital in cell membrane fluidity, cell signaling and nerve conduction. Cholesterol is the base structure for adrenal (stress) hormones, sex hormones and Vitamin D.
We refer to Cholesterol as ‘good’ and ‘bad’. HDL (high density lipo-protein) or good cholesterol and LDL/VLDL (low density and very low density lipo-proteins) or bad cholesterol. Triglycerides are a sugar related blood fat that travels with cholesterol. High triglycerides can cause blood cells to stick together, impairing circulation and leading to heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular disease.
We can reduce blood cholesterol levels through changes in diet and lifestyle. A modified diet can reduce the intake of saturated fats and clients are advised against over eating, especially highly sugary foods. Exercise is required as this increases circulation and reduces body fat. There are natural cholesterol lowering supplements available and it is recommended to stop smoking and reduce stress levels.