Cholesterol is produced by the liver and also made by most cells in the body. It is carried around in the blood by little ‘couriers’ called lipoproteins. We need blood cholesterol because the body uses it to:
- Build the structure of cell membranes
- Make hormones like estrogen, testosterone and adrenaline
- Help your metabolism work efficiently; for example, cholesterol is essential for your body to produce vitamin D
- Produce bile acids, which help the body digest fat and absorb important nutrients.
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