5. What is cholesterol? Why do we need cholesterol in order for our body to function properly?
Consumed from foods of animal origin, including meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy products. Plant foods, such as grains, fruits and vegetables, and oils from these sources contain no dietary cholesterol.
- Cholesterol serves as the raw material for
- 1. Bile
- 2. Vitamin D
- 3. Steroid hormones including the sex hormones
Free cholesterol is a component of cell membranes and serves as a precursor for steroid hormones, including estrogen, testosterone, aldosterone, and bile acids. Humans are able to synthesize sufficient cholesterol to meet biologic requirements,