Cholesterol could be good for the body!
So far, we assume cholesterol is the main enemy of the body. Cholesterol leads to many diseases. But behind it all, because the body needs them, cholesterol remains useful. Here are the benefits of cholesterol for the body as reported by healthmeup (15/7).
Cholesterol is used to produce steroid hormones. These hormones include sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone in women and testosterone in men. These hormones trigger the development of the physical features characteristic of adult women and men, they also play a role in reproduction.
Other steroid hormones, including cortisol, which is produced from cholesterol, which controls blood sugar levels and defend the body against infection and aldosterone, which is important for maintaining the salt and water in the body.
Body can even use cholesterol to make vitamin D, which is responsible for building strong bones and teeth.
Cholesterol is used to make bile. The greenish fluid produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. The body needs bile to digest foods that contain fat.
After the fat is digested, bile helps the body to absorb it. The presence of bile in the intestine may be required before cholesterol absorbed from food. The body needs bile in order to absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K, a fat-soluble vitamin, which comes from food or supplements.
Cholesterol is essential for our immune system to function properly. Immune cells of our body depend on cholesterol to fight the infection. People with low blood cholesterol levels are susceptible to various infections, suffer longer and more likely to die from infection.
Cholesterol acts as an antioxidant in the body and help heal the damage caused by free radicals. Cholesterol is also useful during the healing process after surgery. During surgery, tissue is cut and many small arteries, veins and capillaries are broken. Cholesterol cleanse and heal the wounds of blood vessels and tissues.
Cholesterol is useful in maintaining the integrity of the cell. Cholesterol gives a protective layer on the cell membrane. The absence of cholesterol, the cell membrane will dry out and the entire contents of the cell will come out, eventually the cell will die.
Cholesterol is needed by the body, but note your cholesterol levels from becoming a deadly disease.