The true story about cholesterol

Where cholesterol comes from? Do I produce cholesterol or do I consume it? Why do they say that there is ”good" cholesterol?

It is common that when we do routine medical examinations, we measure the level of cholesterol and the truth is that we do not know what this means and how we can regulate it through our diet. Even once we have heard that cholesterol is bad, which is associated with obesity and the consumption of fats. However, the fact that very few people know is that cholesterol is an ally and not an enemy.

The cholesterol is the main carrier of fat, but is not fat. Is a molecule that gives origin to the cortisone, stress hormone, sex hormones (male and female), vitamin D and protects our bones" Dr. Phillippe Even, University of Paris.

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What are the functions of cholesterol?

The cholesterol has three main functions very important: 1. Is the responsible for transporting fats so that they can be digested properly. 2. It is the main source of vitamin D. Basically if we do not have cholesterol, we do not have enough vitamin D and in turn the vitamin D helps us to absorb calcium properly, and thus maintain and train our healthy bones. 3. It is essential to have a correct hormone function in the body, since they affect the functioning of the reproductive system and in general of sexual behavior. In addition, is a source of cortisone, hormone regulating the stress.

How many times they asked us to remove some foods because they have excess cholesterol and they will damage us?

Surely this has happened to you several times. What is important is that we should be informed and always think of the alternatives that exist. Remove cholesterol-rich foods can make your hormones altered and you start to enter into a state of deep sadness that in a short time could become depression. Before this happens, avoid completely eliminating foods in your diet, because a balance of all is what gives us a balanced health.

What is cholesterol?

The cholesterol, contrary to what is commonly believed, is NOT fat. Its main source is of animal origin that is why we are not going to find it in food of plant origin does not grow on trees or in plants. In addition, the body also produces it by itself, which means that it is vital for the body.

In what food you find cholesterol?

Let us start with the breakfast: delicious eggs are an excellent option. You can accompany with milk and cheese. All of these foods contain protein and cholesterol and are perfect to start your day with all the energy you need for your body and brain. At lunch time you can choose beef, chicken or some seafood.

Is there good and bad cholesterol?

Perhaps we have heard that there are two types of cholesterol, the good and the bad, almost as if they were an angel and a devil. The bad cholesterol was known as LDL and the good as HDL. This history of protagonists and antagonists is only a myth.

The truth is that none of the two is cholesterol. Both are proteins responsible for mobilizing the cholesterol from and into the tissues. This is how from the liver are divided and transported to all parts of our body that need lipids to run correctly. The eyes, the brain, the thyroid and the skin. The problem lies in the fact that we do not know the actual functions of these proteins and therefore we think that they are "bad" cholesterol and end up being the villain of the history. Always remember that cholesterol is essential for your body and therefore both the LDL and HDL are good. What is important is that these conveyors are move freely and for that it is necessary to perform physical activity and eating in a balanced way.

And now that you know a little more in depth the true story about cholesterol, do not be afraid to consume foods that are source of the same. It is important to inform yourself with a professional about the best way to develop your diet, because you should never delete food groups completely. This is why we invite you to take a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Villamizar, E. C. (02 de 09 de 2015). Master en Bioquímica. Colesterol. (C. Carvajal, Entrevistador, & C. Carvajal, Editor)