Your Questions About Cholesterol And Triglycerides Difference

Mandy asks…

What is the difference between cholesterol, lipids and triglycerides ?

Sheila answers:

Cholesterol is a waxy steroid metabolite found in the cell membranes and transported in the blood plasma of all animals, including humans. It is an essential structural component of mammalian cell membranes, where it is required to establish proper membrane permeability and fluidity.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cholesterol

Triglyceride (triacylglycerol, TAG or triacylglyceride) is an ester composed of a glycerol bound to three fatty acids.[1] It is the main constituent of vegetable oil and animal fats.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triglyceride

Lipids are a broad group of naturally occurring molecules which includes fats, waxes, sterols, fat-soluble vitamins (such as vitamins A, D, E and K), monoglycerides, diglycerides, phospholipids, and others. Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipid

While we usually refer to both cholesterol and triglycerides as lipids, triglycerides really aren’t in the same category as cholesterol. Blood lipids refer to fats in the blood. The lipid panel tests both the cholesterol level and triglyceride level.

Donna asks…

What is the difference between Fish Oil and Flax seed oil? Which one is better?

Can you take both? Would that be an advantage? Or could one be enough? Which one is more effective in lowering Cholesterol & Triglycerides?

Sheila answers:

Fish oil comes from the liver of a fish; flax seed oil comes from flax seeds in the ground.

Flaxseed oil is the vegan alternative to many things that are beneficial about fish oil, for example, as substitutes for eggs, protein, and is definitely in lowering cholesterol.

You certainly can use both. It may not be necessary, though. Both do provide beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids. I would caution you not to overdo either one. You should also check with your doctor if you are taking any prescription medicines to prevent any unwanted interactions.

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