What is cholesterol
PROPERTIES OF CHOLESTEROL
FUNCTIONS OF CHOLESTEROL
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a component of the blood and tissues of animals which consists of fats.
Chemically, cholesterol is a fat-sterol type. This molecule does not dissolve in water, which means that it can not dissolve in blood. So, when cholesterol is deposited in arteries, such as in arteriosclerosis, it is difficult to unblock them.
The way that cholesterol reaches the whole body is by means of transporting it in blood.
Because cholesterol medical issue has come to the street and television, there is currently a lot of confusion about this topic. In the following article we define the cholesterol characteristics in the body and why it should be kept at healthy levels.
Functions of cholesterol in the body. What is cholesterol good for?
Cholesterol is transported by blood
Negative effects of high cholesterol
As we have seen, cholesterol is a vital component of the body. However, our current diet tends to be rich in animal foods rich in cholesterol.
This dietary excess, along with a diet low in fiber, has come to cause cardiovascular diseases have become to be the first cause of death in industrialized countries.
Arteriosclerosis is the accumulation the cholesterol in the arteries that hinders the blood circulation
Excess cholesterol carries serious health problems. One of the first symptoms are high levels of blood cholesterol. (See what are the adequate cholesterol levels) This can cause excess cholesterol to be deposited on the inner walls of the arteries, leading to blockages. (Thrombosis)
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.