Hamilton What Is Blood Cholesterol?
(NC)-Cholesterol is one of the fats in your blood. Your body uses it to make cell membranes, vitamin D and hormones. High levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood, often called bad cholesterol, can promote the build-up of plaque in the artery walls. High cholesterol can lead to a build up of plaque in the artery walls (atherosclerosis) and narrow your arteries which can make it harder for blood to flow through your heart and body, putting you at increased risk of coronary heart disease. By lowering your cholesterol, you can dramatically reduce these risks. A dietary fibre supplement made from psyllium husk, as found in Metamucil powders and capsules plus calcium products, can help reduce mild to moderately elevated cholesterol levels when used in conjunction with a low-fat diet and regular exercise. More information on this topic can be found online at www.metamucil.ca. If you are considering use of Metamucil as part of a cholestero! l-lowering program, please consult a doctor first.