Is Cholesterol Bad?
Despite all the bad press cholesterol is a necessity for many forms of life including us. The definition goes as follows; a sterol, that occurs in all animal tissues, especially in the brain, spinal cord, and adipose tissue, functioning chiefly as a protective agent in the skin and myelin sheaths of nerve cells, a detoxifier in the bloodstream, and as a precursor of many steroids: deposits of cholesterol form in certain pathological condition like atherosclerotic plaques. Don’t run out and grab a bag of doughnuts just yet too much of a good thing has been linked to problems. The research is clear that you need cholesterol in your system, but it is also shown to be involved (not necessarily responsible for) with poor heart health.
Where Does Cholesterol Come From?
Generally speaking triglycerides are a type of fat ( as are various forms of cholesterol). They come from excess calories that aren’t utilized right away. They get stored in fat cells until your body needs them in times of low calorie intake. People who eat more then they burn will accumulate stores of triglycerides and cholesterol. The most common source of overconsumption of calories are carbs and fats. This sounds bad at first until you take time to understand that this puts you in the drivers seat for better levels of cholesterol by simply changing your eating patterns and increasing the calories you burn. Easy ways to do this are to eat more veggies, avoid sugary foods, and take walks or do other weight bearing activities.
What Helps Me Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels?
We mentioned some general things such as exercise and diet above, some other things you can add to your diet are healthy oils such as olive oil. Try to use less ‘cheap’ meats and stick to grass fed red meats (higher levels of Omega-3’s), fish and Fish oils will help increase the levels of healthy fats in the bloodstream as well. Overall you should be happy to hear that despite all the bad press you are supposed to have some cholesterol in your bloodstream and that you can control the amounts through diet and exercise!