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What is Cholesterol? – Basic explanation

What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a chemical compound with a combination of lipid (fat) and steroids. About 75-80% of cholesterol in the body is produced by the liver. The other 20-25 % comes from the foods of animal origin like meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products.

Cholesterol is required to form the cell membranes. It also helps the liver to produce bile acids which necessary for digestion of fats and the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (Vitamin A, D, E, and K). Besides that, cholesterol is used to manufacture vitamin D and steroids hormones such as sex hormones.
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