What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘cholesterol’? In most cases, high cholesterol is a warning signal. But first, let’s take a step backward, and examine just what cholesterol is.

Cholesterol is an oil-based substance that is found in the cells in your body. You actually need cholesterol – to aid digestion; and to make hormones and Vitamin D. Cholesterol also contributes to the structure of cell walls. Your blood moves the cholesterol through your body via tiny packages called lipoproteins. Low-density lipoproteins or LDL is bad cholesterol. High-density lipoproteins or HDL is good cholesterol.