Cholesterol: friend or foe?

Cholesterol is not the ‘villain’ it has been portrayed to be. In fact, it is a vitally important molecule for our overall health. Below are some of its important functions: * It is a ‘parent’ molecule from which steroid hormones are synthesized; these include: cortisol, testosterone, progesterone, oestrogen. * It is used by the body to form bile acids which are important for the digestion of fats. * It is an essential component of cell membranes. * It is involved in our immunity * It is a precursor to Vitamin D. * Our brain is highly dependent on cholesterol for proper functioning; although, the brain forms only 2% of total body weight it uses about 25% of body’s cholesterol! Some interestin

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