Why do I have cholesterol?

Why do I have cholesterol?

During this month dedicated to looking after our hearts, we’re going to answer some of the questions you most often send us via social media regarding cholesterol and heart health. Some of the most common ones are:

¿“Is cholesterol bad for the heart?”, “why do I have cholesterol?”, “how do I reduce my cholesterol?” “what can I do to avoid cholesterol?” and “What should I do to convert cholesterol from the bad to good type?”

We’re going to try and answer these questions starting with the basics.

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a substance present in our cells that is required for the correct functioning of our organism.

In other words, our body needs cholesterol to work as it should. However, when there is an accumulation of cholesterol and it sticks to the walls of our arteries, there is a risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease.

Where does cholesterol come from?

Cholesterol is produced in the liver, although you can also “absorb it” from some foods.

What types of cholesterol are there?

We can say there are two types: good and bad. The type of cholesterol depends on “lipoproteins”: particles cholesterol sticks to be carried to the organ that needs it.

Lipoproteins can be high- or low-density:

  • High-density (HDL): These return “excess” cholesterol to the liver so it can be subsequently excreted.
  • Low-density (LDL): They carry cholesterol from the liver to all the cells in our organism.

So, how does this density affect whether cholesterol is good or bad?

  • Good cholesterol: When the surplus cholesterol is returned to the liver attached to high-density lipoproteins (HDL) to be broken down.
  • Bad cholesterol: When the cholesterol attaches to low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and sticks to the artery walls. This can lead to a future blockage or narrowing of the arteries.

Which foods help us look after our hearts?

As you will no doubt have seen in our social media posts, there are various types of food that help us care for our hearts and maintain cholesterol at healthy levels.

Try to include the following items in your diet: walnuts, broccoli, dark chocolate, green tea, salmon, cranberries and strawberries.

We can rustle up a really nice breakfast with these ingredients and #withabigheart!

Begin your day with natural yoghurt, cranberries and a topping of broken walnuts and shavings of dark chocolate. And to drink: green tea.

 

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If you’d like to discover more healthy foods and recipes, don’t forget to check out our Instagram and Facebook posts.

And before you go, as ever…

A classic but one it’s always worth remembering as without these tips, we can’t look after our hearts as we should. Don’t forget:

  • Enjoy a healthy and balanced diet Include foods that help us look after our hearts
  • Avoid bad habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol
  • Include steady exercise in your daily routine

Oxicol, a perfect supplement for the heart

As well as having a healthy diet and doing a bit of exercise, we sometimes need extra help to care for and maintain the right levels of cholesterol in our bodies. This help can come in the form of a specific food supplement such as Oxicol.

It helps you reduce your cholesterol levels and contribute to normal heart function thanks to its formula containing monacolin K.

You can find it at your nearest pharmacy.

And as always, if you’d like to discuss anything in particular or have any questions, just send us a message through social media: Facebook o Instagram

Meanwhile, perhaps you’ll be interested in these articles about the myths and truths about the effects of consuming fats on your health and how to avoid fluid retention and dry skin in summer.

We love it when you’re feeling well!

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