What Is Cholesterol?

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Cholesterol is used in many functions of the body, as it creates the building blocks for all hormones and it is used to repair blood vessels. Maintain normal levels of good cholesterol with health advice from a registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist in this free video on nutrition.

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Hi, this is Rachel Richardson with Nutrolution in Miami Beach, Florida. In this clip we're talking about what is cholesterol. And this is one of those topics that people have different opinions about and we of course hear about cholesterol being bad, because when our blood cholesterol's too high it means that we have a higher risk of cardiovascular problems. Well actually I'm here to tell you that cholesterol is not a bad thing. In fact it's a compound that we have in our body and our own liver produces about seventy to eighty percent of our cholesterol. And the reason is because cholesterol is used in so many different functions in our body. It's used, first of all in every cell membrane. Second of all it's used for hormones. It's a building block for all of our hormones in our body. And it's also used to carry, it's actually used to go to the blood vessels and actually repair our blood vessels. So one of the forms of cholesterol, as you know, is butter. And we always want to balance our cholesterol levels with healthy unsaturated fats, two things like olive oil and avocados. This has been Rachel on cholesterol with Nutrolution.

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