Many people think cholesterol along with low-density lipoproteins are bad for us. Although these are essential to our body to function properly. Most people have high cholesterol because of common and easy to fix lifestyle choices, today we will be showing you exactly that and more!
It is know that LDL is bad while HDL is good, in reality there all the same. LDL and HDL are two types of lipoproteins that carry cholesterol in (LDL) and out (HDL) of the body. The reason LDL is misinterpreted as bad is because when this lipoprotein is working too hard your body pays the price and you have high blood cholesterol.
Cholesterol is actually very important to your health. For instance cholesterol plays a huge role in maintaining homeostasis in our cell membranes, in other words our cholesterol helps keep our membrane fluids consistent. At high temperatures it raises the melting point, and at low temperatures it prevents clustering and stiffness. Our cholesterol also is important in our nervous system, it is vital to normal brain functions. This lipoprotein help signaling, synaptic plasticity( strengthening of the brain) , learning and memory. The digestive system also uses cholesterol by converting it into bile acids by the process known as hepatic synthesis. Bile acids help absorb many needed fats, vitamins, and other essential nutrients. Vitamin D also comes from cholesterol, a process called 7-dehydrochtesterol converts cholesterol into vitamin D for our body to use. Lastly our body use cholesterol are used as precursors to the steroids that control blood sugar, mineral balance, blood pressure, and many sex hormones.
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