HDL and LDL cholesterol
All cholesterol is not bad for the body, in fact having too low cholesterol levels can also increase the risk of cardiovascular heart disease.
It’s crucial to understand which is which, since bad LDL-cholesterol is a risk factor for developing cardiovascular heart disease while HDL-cholesterol plays a different role.
LDL-Cholesterol (bad cholesterol)
When talking about having elevated cholesterol levels, it is in fact the LDL-cholesterol that is being referred to The low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is ‘bad’ because it sticks to the walls of the artery and causes plagues to build up. This in turn cause blockages which can result in heart attack or stroke.
Food that can increase your levels of LDL-cholesterol is saturated fats such as animal products and eggs. Also a few vegetable oils, such as coconut oil.
HDL-Cholesterol (good cholesterol)
The high-density lipoprotein (HDL) is considered ‘good’ because it vacuums the blood for LDL cholesterol and carries it to the liver. The liver is the central station for cholesterol, any leftover cholesterol here will be turned in to bile and released to the gut for digesting food.
Fibre can help raise your HDL cholesterol while reducing the LDL. Oat products with a high percentage of the soluble fibre beta-glucan has the effect of lowering LDL-cholesterol while HDL-levels remain the same. The daily amount of beta-glucan needed can be found in a portion of Betavivo crispy oat hearts.
So how do I know which cholesterol I’m lowering?
There are different ways of lowering cholesterol, where some alternatives are better controlled than others. A product that is proven to lower only the “bad” LDL cholesterol is Betavivo crispy oat hearts. Find out here about the many health-benefits of Betavivo.