Cholesterol

Cholesterol is required by every cell in the body to make a protective membrane and it functions as an insulating cover for transmission of electrical impulses in nervous tissue. Within cells, cholesterol is the building block in several biochemical pathways including making Vitamin D and steroid hormones including testosterone, oestrogens, progesterone, alsosterone and cortisol. In the liver, cholesterol is converted to bile, which is needed to absorb fat-soluble Vitamin A, D, E and K.

High levels of cholesterol are considered a risk for arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

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