What Do You Know About Your Body Cholesterol

We have always been hearing that high cholesterol levels are always responsible for the increase in weight. Cholesterol itself seems to be the worst enemy of our body. We have always heard that high cholesterol levels are always responsible for the increased risks of heart diseases. Whenever there are issues of weight gain or heart diseases discussed it’s always the cholesterol which is made to be the culprit behind all this. We have always been told that LDL cholesterol is the bad cholesterol that harms our body.

But don’t judge things just because every body says so. Look at the following facts and judge the things on your own.

The cholesterol is naturally produced by the body and is required for a variety of functions inside our body. Our body uses cholesterol for the production of testosterone and other essential hormones and it is one of the best strategies for enhancing youthfulness and energy in the aging men and women. As a person ages, his body produces lesser and lesser amount of testosterone because of which he loses sexual interest, his sex drive lowers and also suffers from decreasing sexual capacity.

The next important fact is that cholesterol in itself is not at all an indicator of heart diseases. We have already seen that cholesterol performs some very important function in our body. In fact it is not the cholesterol that is a cause of worry for us but the oxidation of cholesterol which becomes sticky after oxidation and sticks on the walls of the arteries as plaque. We all must have noticed the changed color of an apple cut and exposed to air after some time. This happens because of oxidation. There is a similar effect on the cholesterol too present in side our bodies. You can easily keep the oxidation of cholesterol under check by taking more and more of such things which prove as anti-oxidants. Some of the common anti-oxidants are as follows: coenzymeQ10, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E. There are some food sources which are high on omega-3 acids and the right kind of fats which help to keep your body cholesterol level in balance. These cheap and proven food resources are garlic, ginger, walnut, flaxseed, almond, olives, olive oil, eggs, eggplant or brinjal, eggs and fresh fruits.

A diet heavy in grains and processed foods will actually raise your blood cholesterol levels more than foods which contain cholesterol.

A diet low in cholesterol will help you little otherwise if you don’t increase your HDL cholesterol levels. Increasing your HDL cholesterol will automatically reduce your worry for an increased level of LDL cholesterol. Studies show that a diet high in plant sterols, fiber and almonds is clearly the better way to reduce cholesterol and heart disease over drugs.