One of the most common causes of heart attacks in the western world is arterial blockage caused by the accumulation of cholesterol. While this can be avoided by a good diet and exercising, if you’ve been diagnosed with high levels of bad cholesterol, there are foods and activities that speed up the process of reducing your cholesterol levels.

What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is an organic lipid molecule and is biosynthesized by all animal cells because it is an essential structural component of all animal (not plant or bacterial) cell membranes that is required to maintain both membrane structural integrity and fluidity.

The level of cholesterol in our body is a result of a process in the liver that creates the cholesterol. In fact, over 85% of our cholesterol is produced by the liver. The rest comes from eating animal products, such as beef, chicken, fish, eggs, and dairy.

The body is an incredible system, and a healthy body creates cholesterol for a reason, since it is an essential material in our bodies:

1. Cholesterol is used to produce hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
2. Cholesterol is vital for the creation of vitamin D.
3. The membrane of every cell in our body contains cholesterol.
4. Cholesterol is used to produce needed steroids.

When do you have too much cholesterol?

A situation of higher-than-normal levels of cholesterol can be worrying because it may build up in the blood vessels and cause coronary diseases, as well as problems with blood flow.

The normal range of cholesterol in the body is up to 200 mg.

The standard medicine taken to treat additional cholesterol levels operates by delaying the enzyme that takes part in the process of creating cholesterol in the liver, so we limit the rate of building our own cholesterol. But is it logical for us to limit the internal creation of cholesterol without addressing the external source? Nutrition will always be crucial when dealing with a surplus of cholesterol. more  

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Brij, I do respect your opinion on Cholesterol. However, there are thousands of doctors and medical researchers who do not think that Cholesterol has anything to do with Heart Diseases. We have been misinformed and misled with misinformation for the last 40/50 years, our medical schools have been teaching the same misinformation that Cholesterol is the culprit of Heart Diseases, an idea that was first published by Dr. Ancel Keys which was never proved in clinical studies!. Below is a quote from an article written by just one doctor, Dr. Mercola (I can give you may more), and I will also give you a link to the article. He says ".......A total cholesterol test, for instance, tells you practically nothing about your health. What you really need to know is how much high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) you have and, beyond that, the size of the LDL particles. If you're confused, it's not your fault. Cholesterol has been a highly publicized scapegoat for causing heart disease for decades, and many have diligently cut all cholesterol-rich foods (which are often also nutrient-rich foods) from their diets as a result. Others have opted to take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs at the behest of their physicians. More than 1 in 4 Americans over 45 take them, despite their lengthy list of side effects and dubious effectiveness. But the real question is this: do you really need to be worried about cholesterol?........" The link to the above document under the heading "Cholesterol Myths You Need to Stop Believing" is Cholesterol is not the culprit. It is sugar and refined carbohydrates that we should stop eating to avoid diseases. Thanks Pascal more  
Thanks for clarification. To establish credibility, it is always good to quote the source, whether your son, or daughter, or friends, or the reading source. more  
Dear Mathur ji, I am not a medical professional myself but my daughter, son in law and my other family members including some of the closest friends are medical professional in various fields and I post based on information received from them and reading articles. more  
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