Cholesterol is a type of fat that is vital for life. It is a building block for many metabolic processes in the body including making hormones, supporting cell structure and making bile. Cholesterol can be found in certain foods (e.g. meats, dairy products, eggs), and is also made by your liver.
Too much cholesterol can be detrimental to your health by promoting fatty plaque deposits in blood vessels, known as
atherosclerosis, increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease.
If you haven’t had your cholesterol levels checked, you can talk to one of our staff about how you can have your cholesterol checked.
Cholesterol – The Good and The Bad
When you get your cholesterol levels checked, we are looking for two main types of cholesterol:
- high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
- and low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
HDL is essentially the ‘good’ form of cholesterol while LDL is the ‘bad’ form of cholesterol. If the ratio of HDL:LDL is out of balance (i.e. not enough HDL, too much LDL), this puts you at increased risk of heart disease.
Once this is identified, our Practitioners can identify if you have unhealthy cholesterol levels and prescribe specific natural supplements to restore balance between the good and bad types of cholesterol.
Yours in good health
Sally & the Team