Oxicolesterol: what it is and why it is the most dangerous

Of all it is known that the cholesterol , in its normal values, it becomes a fundamental fat for our organism, being the precursor of the vitamin D , of sex hormones, bile salts, corticosteroidal hormones and lipid rafts.

Oxicolesterol

In addition, it is an extremely important component of the plasma membranes of animals.

However, it is true that levels of high cholesterol yes it is harmful to our health, especially when the levels of HDL cholesterol (or good cholesterol ) are low and the levels of LDL cholesterol (or bad cholesterol ) are high, since it is the type of cholesterol that accumulates in the arteries and increases the risk of cardiovascular disease or disorder.

But recent studies have revealed the existence of a new type of cholesterol : the call oxicolesterol .

What is oxycholesterol?

Simply explained, we can indicate that Oxycholesterol is oxidation in the body caused by the reaction between fats and oxygen .

Is oxycholesterol dangerous?

Considering that it is the result of the reaction between fats and oxygen, there is no doubt that Oxycholesterol is even more dangerous than cholesterol LDL .

Why? Fundamentally because increases the risk of heart problems in a greater proportion than the so-called bad cholesterol .

In what foods do we find oxycholesterol?

We find this cholesterol in fried and processed foods , specially in the fast food (also known by the name of fast food ).

Oxycholesterol foods

Therefore, the risks of eating fast food are once again confirmed, given that although it was known to be harmful to our health, it is now known to be even more of a risk to our body.

Oxycholesterol not only appears in fried foods, but also It also appears in reheated fatty foods, especially oxidized oils such as Trans fat or with vegetable oils that have been partially hydrogenated .

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