Cholesterol 101 - The basics of Cholesterol and its effects

Cholesterol 101 - The basics of Cholesterol and its effects

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance produced by the liver. It is found in every cell in the body and it is a crucial building block in cell membranes1.

It is also a precursor for the synthesis of Vitamin D and multiple hormones. Usually, the liver produces optimal amounts of Cholesterol on its own to meet the bodily requirements. However, when cholesterol levels become elevated, it can get deposited as plaque in blood vessels and cause cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. The number of Americans that have high cholesterol is staggering. Nearly 100 million US adults aged 20 or older have cholesterol above the normal level of 200 mg/dL and almost 30 million adult Americans have dangerously high cholesterol levels above 240 mg/dL2.

Cholesterol is insoluble in blood and is carried around the body attached to proteins known as Lipoproteins. There are two types of lipoproteins that transport cholesterol: low-density and high-density lipoproteins (LDL and HDL)3.

Cholesterol is insoluble in blood and is carried around the body attached to proteins known as Lipoproteins. There are two types lipoproteins that transport cholesterol: low-density and the high-density lipoproteins (LDL and HDL)

Which type of Cholesterol can harm me?

Cholesterol attached to HDL, known as HDL cholesterol (HDL-C), is good for you4. It is postulated to carry cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver. Your liver then removes the cholesterol from the body4.We need to worry about cholesterol attached to LDL, known as LDL cholesterol (LDL-C), because this type leads to the build up of plaque on arterial walls of the heart. 

How do I control Cholesterol?

Increasing exercise and changing food habits helps to lower cholesterol. But keep in mind, you cannot directly control the cholesterol level in your body. You can only control the fat intake. Based on the kind of fat you eat the liver synthesizes different levels of LDL and HDL cholesterol. It will take a conscious effort on your part to identify which foods have healthy fat. One thing to note is that our bodies do not absorb directly consumed cholesterol very well. It is the fat intake that you should be concerned about. Studies show that “good” fat is crucial for health and takes time to show results on someone with high cholesterol. However, "bad” fat can damage the body quickly. “Bad” fat is found in certain foods and these foods typically also have high levels of cholesterol. Some examples of foods that are bad for our cardiovascular health are as follows5:

  1. Fatty meats, such as pork and lamb.
  2. Processed meat, such as sausages, burgers, and bacon.
  3. Butter, lard, ghee, and margarine.
  4. Coconut and palm oils.
  5. High fat dairy products such as full cream milk and cheese.

Here’s how we can help

Naturachol contains Oatmeal, Olive Oil and Red Rice Yeast Extract. These ingredients lower LDL Cholesterol naturally.

It is difficult to eliminate foods that are high in saturated fat and thus contribute to high cholesterol. The above list of unhealthy foods contains family favorites such as butter and sausage. Butter for instance is used in the preparation of many foods that bring a smile to our face such as cakes, muffins and desserts. We understand this. Often when we try to eliminate things that we like from our diet, the change is unsustainable in the long run. A more reasonable option would be to decrease the consumption of foods in the above list and incorporate a supplement that has been proven to reduce cholesterol. 

Naturachol is one such supplement. It contains oat β-glucan, Olive leaf extract and Red Rice Yeast Extract. These ingredients lower LDL Cholesterol naturally. Oat β-glucan, a soluble dietary fiber found in oats, is the source of the cardiovascular benefit attributed to oats. Oatmeal has been shown to lower bad cholesterol and is one of the few foods that the FDA has authorized to have the claim “lowers cholesterol”6. Compounds found in the olive leaf have also been shown to reduce the negative effects of LDL cholesterol on the cardiovascular system7. Olive oil is also a key component of the Mediterranean diet which has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Red Yeast Rice Extract has been used in China dating back to 800 AD and it is widely consumed in other Asian countries such as Japan and Korea8. It has been used for centuries in traditional eastern medicine for its beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. It is manufactured by culturing Monascus yeast on white rice under carefully controlled growing conditions to increase the concentrations of natural chemicals that lower LDL cholesterol.

Our patients have attained clinically significant reductions in cholesterol using the components found in Naturachol9. You can visit this link to buy your first bottle of Naturachol and start seeing results within 30 days. This is a great way to ensure your heart’s overall health!

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy.



  1. “How It’s Made: Cholesterol Production in Your Body.” Harvard Health, 2019.
  2. Aranmolate, R. and Obayemi, O. S. (2018). Trends in the Prevalence and Awareness of High Cholesterol among Adults in Mississippi, United States. European Journal of Environment and Public Health, 2(2), 06.
  3. Elshourbagy NA, Meyers HV, Abdel-Meguid SS. Cholesterol: the good, the bad, and the ugly - therapeutic targets for the treatment of dyslipidemia. Med Princ Pract. 2014;23(2):99-111. doi:10.1159/000356856.
  4. “HDL: The ‘Good’ Cholesterol.” National Library of Medicine, 18 Apr. 2019,
  5. “Saturated Fats.” Https://Www.Heartuk.Org.Uk/Low-Cholesterol Foods/Saturated-Fat, Accessed 9 Apr. 2022.
  6. CFR - code of federal Regulations Title 21. (n.d.).
  7. Gimeno, E., Fitó, M., Lamuela-Raventós, R. M., Castellote, A. I., Covas, M., Farré, M., de la Torre-Boronat, M. C., & López-Sabater, M. C. (2002). Effect of ingestion of virgin olive oil on human low-density lipoprotein composition. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 56(2), 114–120.
  8. Red yeast rice and Plant stanols for Cholesterol Reduction. Cleveland Clinic (n.d.).
  9. Silva AO (2021) The Combination of Red Yeast Rice Extract, Oatmeal and Olive Oil Reduces Serum Cholesterol. J Hum Nutr 4(1):130-135

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*There is no guarantee of specific results, and the results may vary from person to person. The statements on this website has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Dr. Tarique Perera is not responsible for side-effects of any kind incurred as a result of consuming Naturachol. The average reduction in total cholesterol achieved was 20% in the following clinical study: The Combination of Red Yeast Rice Extract, Oatmeal and Olive Oil Reduces Serum Cholesterol. Journal of Human Nutrition 4(1):130-135 (2021).