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What is Cholesterol?


How cholesterol works

Each cell in our body contains cholesterol – a waxy substance that helps our bodies make hormones and digest our food. Your body makes all of the cholesterol it needs and circulates it through the blood.

LDL cholesterol = bad cholesterol

LDL cholesterol is known as “bad cholesterol” because it contributes to hard deposits that form in the walls of blood vessels. 

HDL cholesterol = good cholesterol

HDL cholesterol or “good cholesterol” picks up excess cholesterol in the blood vessels and carries it away.

When there’s too much bad cholesterol in the blood, or not enough good cholesterol, cholesterol can build up inside the walls of blood vessels, making them narrower, and making it harder for blood to flow. This can raise the risk of having a heart attack or a stroke.

By practicing a few healthy habits every day, you can lower your LDL cholesterol and increase your HDL cholesterol, reducing your risk of a heart attack. Managing your cholesterol can help keep your body running smoothly.

Learn how to reduce your cholesterol

    *According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Products containing at least 400mg of plant sterols per serving, eaten twice a day with meals for a daily intake of at least 800mg as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving of our Clinical Strength product supplies 700mg of plant sterols for a daily intake of 1400mg.

    Individual results may vary. Supplementation with plant sterols typically reduces cholesterol by 5-15% within several weeks. Adding other lifestyle changes, including a heart healthy diet, can reduce cholesterol by up to 30%. Repeat lipid testing is recommended. Speak with your physician if you have questions.