Choles+erol

When most people think of cholesterol they usually think of clogged arteries, fat, heart attacks, and poor health. But scientifically, cholesterol is one of the most important hormones in the human body.

Cholesterol is produced in the liver and can be found in eggs, cheese, butter, oils, and red meats. It is an essential component of good health because it assists in the production of Vitamin D, digestive juices, and an array of vital hormones in the body. The human body simply could not exist without cholesterol as it is required for for the synthesis all steroid hormones in the body.

Testosterone
Cortisol
Aldosterone
Estrogen
Progesterone

20% of cholesterol production is made in the liver but synthesis also takes place in the intestines, adrenal glands, and testes and ovaries.

One must also familiarize themselves with HDL cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) cholesterol is the bad boy whereas HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) is the good one, daddy’s little princess. If you want to raise your HDL while lowering your LDL you must eat more fish, increase fiber intake, cut off extra eight, drink more water, and be more active and exercise.

“Hormones are very powerful things, we are helpless in their wake.”
-Meg Cabot

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