the importance of cholesterol

Cholesterol is something I learnt a lot about in my final year studying Food Science and Nutrition BSc at the University of Leeds. It is something which really interested me and I am very excited to be sharing this piece I have written for Rhitition with you.


Cholesterol was first identified in humans over 200 years ago. Since then, it has been strongly associated with atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease risk (1). We have also discovered that we need cholesterol to support our health! So, while cholesterol can increase disease risk, the role of cholesterol is not all negative. It is actually needed by every cell of our body’s and plays a vital role in how our body’s function (2).


The key things I hope you can take away from this blog is that:

  • Not all cholesterol is bad.

  • Different types of cholesterol have different effects on our health.

  • Cholesterol plays a vital role in our health with every cell in our body's requiring cholesterol.

You can find this blog here: https://rhitrition.com/what-is-cholesterol-why-our-bodies-need-it/


References

(1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3108295/

(2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279327/

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