by Clark Zimmerman, L.Ac.
Cholesterol is essential in a healthy body. It helps to maintain vascular health by acting as a sort of patch that repairs damage to the blood vessel walls. It is also utilized in the formation of hormones and in vitamin D synthesis. We all need cholesterol to stay healthy. We produce some cholesterol in the liver, but we also get some cholesterol from the good we eat. Cholesterol is divided into 2 types: LDL and HDL. LDL, or Low Density Lipoprotein, is often referred to as “bad cholesterol.” LDL is essentially a fat wrapped in a protein. IT circulates through the body until it is used by cells as needed. HDL, or High Density Lipoprotein, is often referred to as “good cholesterol.” It’s primary function is to collect old LDL that haas been partially used by body cells, or that has oxidized as a result of free radicals.