Cholesterol — what is it?

Cholesterol is found in the fats in your blood and is a waxy substance that your body needs to build healthy cells. However high cholesterol levels can increase your risk of heart disease. There are two types of cholesterol, LDL and HDL. In simple terms, LDL is considered the ‘bad’ cholesterol. LDL carries cholesterol from your liver to the cells that need it, and if there is too much cholesterol for the cells to use, it can build up as plaque on the artery walls. This can contribute to heart disease or even stroke. VLDL (very low density lipoproteins ) is similar to LDL in that it contains mostly fat and carries another type of fat, triglycerides, in the blood. Excess calories, alcohol, or sugar in your body are converted into triglycerides and stored in fat cells throughout your body.

On the other hand, ‘good’ cholesterol is known as HDL. This cholesterol mops up cholesterol left behind in your arteries and carries it to the liver, where it is broken down and passed out of the body.

Cholesterol test

Evergreen Healthfoods in conjunction with Zerochol is offering the opportunity to get your cholesterol tested in your local Evergreen store for just €5. The test requires a simple pin prick to the finger and the results will be ready in minutes. There is only a limited number of appointments available, so be sure to book early by calling your local Evergreen store. Visit the Evergreen blog for dates and times at

What if my cholesterol is high?

There is lots you can do to work towards lowering your cholesterol. Red yeast rice is a popular supplement, especially if your diet is very clean and genetics may be affecting your levels.

If diet concerns you, Zerochol is a supplement of plant sterols – these natural substances (also known as phytosterols ) are present naturally in small quantities in many fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and other plant sources. By taking Zerochol with your meal, the free plant sterols could help to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol from the meal.

Lifestyle wise, maintain a routine of exercise and a clean diet. It should be full of fruit, vegetables, and fish. Reduce red meat and dairy, and stay hydrated.

For more advice, visit Evergreen and have a chat with fully qualified staff in-store, or see


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