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High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL)

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HDL Cholesterol Cartoon Functional MedicineHigh-Density Lipoproteins (HDL) are often referred to as the “good cholesterol.” However, HDL is not a cholesterol molecule and there is no such thing as “good” or “bad” cholesterol. This is a lipoprotein molecule.

HDL particles are characterized by either their major protein, ApoA-1, or by their cholesterol content. These particles are inversely correlated with CAD. Some studies even suggest that HDL may be a better predictor of CAD than the traditional “bad” LDL particles.

Reverse Cholesterol Transport (RCT)

This is one of the proposed mechanisms for HDL’s cardioprotection is RCT where the body transports and clears excess cholesterol from the circulation where it can be excreted in the bile or recycled.

HDL molecules do not contain ApoB but rather ApoA-1.