There are two types of cholesterol. One is the good type and the other is the bad type. Let us get to know more about them.
The Good Cholesterol
HDL or High-density lipoprotein is what we call as the good cholesterol. The good cholesterol (HDL)is responsible for carrying around 1/4 – 1/3 of blood cholesterol. Why do we refer to this type of cholesterol as the good one? Studies have shown that high levels of HDL may prevent a heart attack from happening. Studies have also shown that having low levels of the good cholesterol puts one at high risk of developing heart diseases. Experts of medicine believe that HDL actually take cholesterol away from the arteries and drives it back to the liver. Several medical experts also believe that the good cholesterol also take away excess cholesterol from clogged arteries, therefore slowing build up of plaque and thus preventing the onset of heart attack and stroke.
The Bad Cholesterol
The Low-density lipoprotein or LDL is the bad type of cholesterol. Why is LDL called the bad cholesterol? Having too much LDL in the blood can actually lead to a heart attack or stroke. This is because too much LDL circulating in the blood can lead to its build up in the inner walls of arteries. Arteries feed nourishment and oxygen to the heart and brain. The bad cholesterol can combine with other substances and form plaque which would make the arteries narrower and less flexible. This is what is called as atherosclerosis. One with this condition is more susceptible to a heart attack or stroke. A heart attack or a stroke can happen should a clot form and block the already narrowed artery.
Another word you might have been hearing is triglycerides. So what about triglycerides?
The Fat Called Triglyceride
Our body actually manufactures a form of fat we call as triglyceride. Often, high levels of triglyceride are seen in people who are overweight, obese, who smokes, drinks too much alcohol, those who live an inactive lifestyle and those eating a diet of mainly or too much carbohydrates. In most cases, people with high triglycerides also have a high level of total cholesterol in the body. This means both the good cholesterol (HDL) and the bad (LDL) cholesterol are high. High triglycerides are also often seen in people suffering from diabetes and o rheart diseases.
The Culinary Argan Oil
If there is one type of oil that you should be drizzling over your soups, stews, grilled fish and meats and dipping your breads into that would be the culinary Argan oil. Why? This culinary oil can actually increase the levels of good cholesterol and lower triglycerides which are key in preventing heart diseases. Such benefit of the oil comes from its high levels of essential unsaturated fatty acids. Argan oil is composed of 80% unsaturated fatty acids. Antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Carotenoids, Polyphenols and Ferulic acid which are known to protect the body’s cells from damage are also found in the oil. Aside from preventing heart diseases, the oil is also credited to boost the immune system and help in brain development.