Cholesterol has for long been associated with various kinds of diseases such as heart attacks; high blood pressure level, and so on. Well what does cholesterol exactly means, cholesterol is a wax kind of substance that is mainly produced in the liver. Despite all the bad reputation surrounding cholesterol, this substance has a definite use in your body.
Cholesterol facilitates the building and maintenance of cell membranes, aids in the digestive process and in the proper functioning of the sex hormones, among others. High concentrations of this substance can be found in different major organs of the body such as the brains, nerves, liver, blood and bile.
There are two types of cholesterol that can be found in the body– the low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) and the high-density lipoproteins (HDLs).
LDLs are the types which are responsible for the diseases hence; they are ‘bad cholesterol’
HDLs are the types which facilitate removal of the harmful LDLs by “shuttling” it out of the body.
LDLs are mainly formed due to our diet hence, it is important to have a balanced diet. Oats seem to be a great food for absorbing LDLs from our body as such a bowl of oats is recommended for people having high cholesterol levels.
Thus, cholesterol is necessary for our body to carry out various activities but, it should be controlled to reduce heart problems.