When it comes to cholesterol, there’s good and there’s bad. And research says, for a healthy heart, you need to manage both.
Cholesterol makes its way through our bodies in the bloodstream. The traveling part, however, isn’t quite that simple. Think about it like oil trying to mix with water. Cholesterol is the oil, and your blood is the water it doesn’t mix with.
Since fat doesn’t dissolve in blood, our bodies create small packages called lipoproteins to act as carriers.
The two important types of lipoproteins responsible for this are: low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which moves cholesterol from the liver to other cells in the body, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which does the opposite, moving cholesterol from other cells in the body to the liver.
While HDL-C and triglycerides are an important part of your overall cholesterol health, it’s critical to manage LDL-C when trying to reach your cholesterol goals.