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Cholesterol Benefits and Functions

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  Published on May 6th, 2020
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What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a lipid (fat) compound found throughout your body. Cholesterol is not inherently bad; in fact, the majority (around 75%) of cholesterol you have is made from your own body, not from diet. Your body needs cholesterol and its derivatives for numerous bodily functions.   Cholesterol Benefits and Functions Steroid Hormone Synthesis: Cholesterol acts as the backbone for many steroid hormones. There are five classes of steroid hormones that cholesterol serves as a precursor for including: Glucocorticoids Mineralocorticoids Androgens Progestagens (progesterone) Estrogens Vitamin Absorption: Cholesterol assists in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins include vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K.  Cell Membrane Synthesis: Cholesterol acts as building blocks for cell membranes. Vitamin D Synthesis: Cholesterol is needed in the skin to synthesize vitamin D. Bile Production: Bile salts are synthesized from cholesterol and help break down food. [1]   What Are the Different Types of Cholesterol? Blood cholesterol levels are broken down into 5 different subtypes based on what the lipoprotein is composed of.  LDL: This is…

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