What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance made in the liver and other cells. It’s also found in certain foods, such as dairy products, eggs, and meat.
It’s essential for every cell in the body and plays a particularly important role in the formation of brain cells, nerve cells, and certain hormones.
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80% of cardiovascular
disease is preventable!
There are two main types of cholesterol: LDL or low-density lipoprotein and HDL cholesterol or high-density lipoprotein
LDL or low-density lipoprotein
The LDL cholesterol is known as bad cholesterol. LDL collects in the walls of blood vessels, causing the blockages of atherosclerosis. Higher LDL levels put you at greater risk for a heart attack from a sudden blood clot.
HDL cholesterol or high-density lipoprotein
HDL cholesterol is the well-behaved good cholesterol. It removes harmful bad cholesterol from the bloodstream. High HDL levels reduce the risk of heart disease.
4 ways to increase your HDL cholesterol
1. Regular Strength Training and cardio exercise
Curves recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least 4 times a week.
2. Change your diet
To reduce cholesterol we need to cut down on the saturated fat in our diet.
3. Foods containing high fibre
Another great thing we can do to lower our cholesterol is to eat more foods that are
naturally high in fibre.
Snacks on nuts, fruit, and veg!
The average adult eats 14 grams of fibre a day.
The average adult should eat 25 – 35 grams of fibre a day.
4, Cinnamon, the powerful cholesterol fighter
Add one teaspoon of cinnamon to your oatmeal, smoothies or cottage cheese and watch your cholesterol fall!