What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol (also known as cholesterin) is an organic compound that looks like wax. Experts say it is “sterol” – a combination of steroid and alcohol. From Greek translates something like “hardened bile”. There is no way to “touch it with fingers”, and we just have to put up with it that there is such a wax substance in our body. And there’s no way to get rid of him.
Where does it come from?
All cholesterol needed by the body is produced in the liver. But he can come with the food. For example, if we overdo it with barbecue, we actually agree that animal cholesterol will replenish our personal stocks. However, this does not mean that if we deprive ourselves of the barbecue, we will not have cholesterol – the liver will fill its absence as much as it can, because cholesterol is needed on our body.
Is cholesterol harmful?
Cholesterol is the most important building block of the body. He is actively involved in the creation of cells of all organs and tissues – nerves, muscles, skin, lungs, heart. The brain usually contains 25% of the total reserves of cholesterol in the body, and this is quite justified: “hardened bile” is necessary for the growth and development of nerve cells.
Well, if cholesterol is necessary and useful, why are we wary of it?
If there is too much cholesterol in the body, it begins to accumulate on the walls of blood vessels, creating so-called atherosclerotic plaques. The lumen of the vessels narrows, less and less blood enters the organs and tissues, they receive less and less nutrition and oxygen. This nasty job does it so. “bad cholesterol” – LDL, but HDL, or “good cholesterol”, tries to prevent it.
What to do if we establish that we have high cholesterol?
To begin with, we should consult our treating or family doctor. Your cholesterol level may be slightly higher than normal, but there may be no other risk factors. This situation is considered normal and does not require treatment.
In principle, it is desirable, even in this case, to lower our cholesterol. It is often enough to make some small lifestyle changes: to keep track of what we eat – less trans fats, more vegetables and fruits high in fiber, more movement, less smoking.
Let’s sum it up.
Whether we take foods containing cholesterol is in most cases not so important as long as we do not overdo them.
In order not to have problems with cholesterol, we need to do the following:
- To fight obesity (if we have allowed it);
- To increase our physical activity;
- To adjust our nutrition – we should not overdo it with salt. We should not overdo it with any food, but especially with one that contains saturated and trans fats and leads to obesity. We need significantly more fiber, oat beta glucans, Omega-3 and a smooth increase in water intake to 0.04 l per kg of weight.
- Smoking has an extremely harmful effect on levels to good cholesterol. Stopping it is beneficial even after only 3-4 weeks.
- A good solution is taking Beta Heart, which contains oat beta glucans and has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol levels by a serving of 2 spoons per day, and with one spoon supports the right levels.
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