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What is blood cholesterol?

3 March, 2014 ,

Cholesterol is one of the fats that is present in blood. It may be used in the construction of cell membranes and in the manufacture of vitamin D or hormones such as cortisol, testosterone and progesterone.

Cholesterol travels in 2 types of vehicles in blood vessels:

  • HDL, which cleanses excess cholesterol from the organs and transports it to the liver, where it is eliminated. We call this “good” cholesterol;
  • LDL, which deposits cholesterol on artery walls and obstructs the proper circulation of blood. This is “bad” cholesterol;

Lack of “good” cholesterol and excess “bad” cholesterol will increase the risk of developing heart disease or a stroke. This is a good reason to adopt a healthy lifestyle!

Five foods to improve your cholesterol levels

1. Bran and oat flakes:
Beta-glucan fibres in oats act as a fishing net in the intestine, by naturally catching and removing cholesterol from the body before it is absorbed into the bloodstream. Get off to a good start in the morning with oat flakes! Add bran and flakes to bread, muffins and homemade biscuits.

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Joëlle Emond

Joëlle Emond

Registered Dietitian, RD at Clinic NutriSimple

Passionate about food and health, Joëlle Emond always finds a way to convey her desire to cook and eat healthy! Good communicator, she can be found both in print media and on television. She is the founder of 123Nutrition, a company through which she delivers lectures on healthy eating.

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