High cholesterol levels, hypercholesterolemia, have a long association with many diseases, particularly Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), the cause of major deaths in the US and Europe.
What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that is produced naturally in the liver and is vital for the formation of cell membranes, certain hormones, and vitamin D.
Cholesterol cannot travel through our blood on its own. To help transport cholesterol, our liver produces lipoproteins.
Lipoproteins are particles made from fat and protein. They carry cholesterol and triglycerides (another type of lipid) through our bloodstream. There are two major types of lipoprotein:
- LDL – low-density lipoprotein. LDL is also known as the “bad” cholesterol because too much of it leads to plaque accumulation on the walls of our arteries. When this plaque builds up, it can:
- Narrow the blood vessels, straining the flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body
- Lead to blood clots, which can break loose and block the flow of blood, causing a heart attack or stroke.
- HDL – high-density lipoprotein. HDL is also known as the “good” cholesterol as it helps keep our cardiovascular system healthy. It aids in the removal of LDL from the arteries. High levels of HDL can protect against stroke and heart attack.
Research about Cholesterol and Curcumin
Curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric. Research indicates that curcumin helps support healthy cholesterol levels.
A study from 2005 found thatCurcumin helps maintain blood flow and supports healthy cardiac functionClick To Tweet
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