Cholesterol - The Enigma Chemical - Cholesterol Functions

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Dr. Reeja Tharu
Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team  on Nov 27, 2014
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Cholesterol Functions

The body itself synthesizes cholesterol from the food and performs some important functions of the body like: -

  • Protection against infectious diseases
  • Keeping the cell membranes intact
  • Boosting mental performance
  • Repairing damaged tissue
  • Helps in digestion
  • Building muscles and strong bones
  • Maintaining energy, vitality, libido, and fertility
  • Regulating blood sugar

Many people fail to understand that little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So the point that one wishes to make here is that surely one should be cautious in the diet that is consumed but when suffering from an ailment or disease it become critically important to consult a dietician for expert diet advice.

REMEMBER: - PLANT PRODUCTS DO NOT HAVE CHOLESTEROL, IF PRESENT THEY ARE IN NEGLIGEBLE AMOUNTS.

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Cholesterol is a combination of good [HDL]and bad (LDL)cholesterol. When saturated fat is consumed it does raise cholesterol. But taking a closer look we find that it increases both the good AND the bad by the same percentage. The good more or less cancels out the bad. So although cholesterol does increase, saturates have a relatively small effect on actual heart diseasee itself.
But trans fat increases the bad and decresease the good. This makes it the worst thing you can do for your heart.

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