Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all cells of the body.

Your body needs some cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help you digest foods. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs. However, cholesterol also is found in some of the foods you eat.

Cholesterol travels through your bloodstream in small packages called lipoproteins (lip-o-PRO-teens). These packages are made of fat (lipid) on the inside and proteins on the outside.

Two kinds of lipoproteins carry cholesterol throughout your body: low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Having healthy levels of both types of lipoproteins is important.

LDL cholesterol sometimes is called “bad” cholesterol. A high LDL level leads to a buildup of cholesterol in your arteries. (Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to your body.)

HDL cholesterol sometimes is called “good” cholesterol. This is because it carries cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver. Your liver removes the cholesterol from your body.

Ref. The Heart, Lung & Blood Institute. 

This Months Focus Fitness Super Juice

The Cholesterol Crusher!

Ingredients

½ banana, sliced

1 cup blueberries

2 cups kale

½ cup oatmeal, cooked

2 tbsp cacao, raw

10 almonds

Instructions

Place ingredients into a blender, fill to the max water line, and blend until a smooth consistency is achieved. For the best results with easy clean up, we recommend using a NutriBullet Nutrition Extractor.