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Cholesterol is a fat-like substance, without which the normal functioning of the human body is impossible. Cholesterol is a kind of building frame that ensures the stability of cell membranes. It is also part of bile, sex hormones and vitamin D3. Most of this substance (about 80%) is synthesized in the liver, a smaller (about 20%) comes with food.
In the blood, cholesterol is contained in the form of complex compounds – lipoproteins. There are “good” cholesterol – high density lipoproteins, in the form of which excess cholesterol is removed from the body, and “bad” cholesterol – low density lipoproteins, which are worse excreted from the body and partially settle on the walls of arteries, forming cholesterol plaques. Continue reading