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Good vs Bad Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that's found in all cells of the body. Your body makes all of the cholesterol it needs on its own to make hormones, vitamin D and to help digest your food. However, cholesterol is also found in some of the foods you eat which can attribute to raising your cholesterol levels.

Cholesterol travels through your bloodstream in small packages called lipoproteins which are made of fat (lipid) on the inside and proteins on the outside. Two kinds of lipoproteins carry cholesterol throughout the body: low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Having healthy levels of both types of lipoproteins is important.

LDL (Bad) Cholesterol

LDL cholesterol is considered the "bad" cholesterol because it contributes to plaque. Plaque is a thick, hard deposit that can clog arteries and make them less flexible. This condition is known as atherosclerosis. If a clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery, a heart attack or stroke can result. Another condition called peripheral artery disease can develop when a buildup of plaque narrows an artery that supplies blood to the legs. It is important to reduce LDL cholesterol before you become at risk of cardiovascular problems or death.

HDL (Good) Cholesterol

HDL cholesterol is considered "good" cholesterol because it helps remove LDL cholesterol from the arteries. Experts believe HDL acts as a scavenger, carrying LDL cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver where it is broken down and passed from the body. A healthy level of HDL cholesterol may also protect against heart attack and stroke, while low levels of HDL cholesterol have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease.

There are natural ways to reduce "bad" cholesterol by taking certain supplements. Policosanal helps the liver control the production and breakdown of cholesterol and has been tested in multiple clinical trials with astounding results. Gugulipid is another natural cholesterol reduction tool that has been used for centuries, originally in India. Other natural sources include: fish oil, flax oil, garlic and red yeast rice. Vasacor contains all of these important, natural sources and also includes additional minerals, vitamins and herbs.

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