Cholesterol is a waxy fat like substance that is made in your liver. It is also found in many foods such as dairy, eggs, and meat. A certain amount of cholesterol is important to your body but too much and you are at risk of heart disease and several other health problems. Cholesterol is essential in the body for producing hormones, Vitamin D and the acids that help to digest food. You want to lower the bad cholesterol or LDL because it causes plaque buildup on the walls of your arteries., which will raise your good cholesterol or HDL. HDL is important in eliminating bad LDL from your blood.
There are two main ways to lower cholesterol. The first way to lower your cholesterol is by changing what you eat. You diet helps to determine the types of food that you suggest and these foods could be rich in trans fat and other substances that will raise your cholesterol substantially. Animal foods such as meat, duck, bacon and sausage have heavy amounts of cholesterol, as well as saturated fats which actually raise your cholesterol more than just simply eating cholesterol itself. The American Heart Association the authority on heart conditions recommends that people eat less than three hundred milligrams of cholesterol daily. If you have already been diagnosed with heart disease you should lower the amount of cholesterol you eat daily to less that two-hundred