Elevated cholesterol levels, especially high levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL), is associated with an increased risk of developing atherosclerosis (this is the hardening of arteries). High cholesterol is also associated with gallstones, impotence, mental impairment and high blood pressure (although it is often the drugs prescribed to deal with high cholesterol that cause these).
Cholesterol is an essential part of every cell structure and is needed for proper brain and nerve function. It is also responsible for the making of sex hormones. LDL’s are the major transporters of cholesterol into the bloodstream, these encourage the deposits of cholesterol in the arteries and this is why they are known as ‘bad cholesterol’. On the other hand, High-density lipoproteins (HDL’s) are considered ‘good cholesterol’ as these carry unneeded cholesterol away from the cells and back to the liver to be broken down for the body to get rid of. If everything is functioning as it should, this system should remain in balance. However, if there is too much cholesterol in the bloodstream for the HDL’s to pick up promptly, the cholesterol can form plaque that sticks to artery walls. Cholesterol levels are mainly influenced by diet, however, genetics can also affect them.
An individual eating plan and supplement protocol should be discussed with your Nutritional Therapist in order to meet all your nutritional requirements.
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