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Importance of Cholesterol

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author image Beth Celli
Beth Celli is a native New Yorker who is now based in Delaware. She has a varied background in both health care and education, having worked in several different hospitals and medical centers prior to teaching allied health classes. She attended New York University and her writing has appeared on various online publications.
Importance of Cholesterol
Cholesterol is required for the normal function of cells. Photo Credit alexskopje/iStock/Getty Images

Cholesterol, a substance required for the normal function of cells, is present in every cell of the human body. It is also found in the bloodstream. The soft waxy substance is produced in the body and is essential for the production of vitamin D, bile salts and hormones.

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Importance of Cholesterol
75% of cholesterol is created in the body. Photo Credit Warren Goldswain/iStock/Getty Images

The body creates most of the cholesterol found in the cells and blood, although some comes from food. According to the American Heart Association, about 75 percent of cholesterol is created in the body.

The Liver

Importance of Cholesterol
The liver is responsible for producing the cholesterol in the body. Photo Credit Catherine Yeulet/iStock/Getty Images

The liver is responsible for producing the cholesterol in the body. Alone, this organ can synthesize enough cholesterol to keep the cells healthy and hormones at the appropriate levels.

Cell Membranes

Importance of Cholesterol
Cholesterol is critical for cell membranes to function efficiently. Photo Credit monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images

The membranes of the cells need to allow needed elements such as oxygen and nutrients to enter. This semi-permeable state also allows unwanted materials to be eliminated. Cholesterol is critical for cell membranes to function efficiently.

Vitamin D

Importance of Cholesterol
Vitamin D is created in the body when sunlight hits the skin. Photo Credit gyn9038/iStock/Getty Images

Vitamin D is created in the body when sunlight hits the skin. If cholesterol is not present in the body, this will not occur.

Bile Salts

Importance of Cholesterol
Bile salts play an important part in the absorption of fat in the digestive tract. Photo Credit Osuleo/iStock/Getty Images

Bile salts, which are created from cholesterol, play an important part in the absorption of fat in the digestive tract.

Hormone Synthesis

Importance of Cholesterol
Cholesterol must be present in the body to produce certain hormones. Photo Credit Marek Uliasz/iStock/Getty Images

Cholesterol must be present in the body in order for the body to create hormones such as progesterone, estrogen, testosterone and cortisol.

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