To complete our kombucha education, it’s important that we touch on the science behind cholesterol maintenance. With all this talk about cholesterol let’s get some background, shall we? Cholesterol occurs in all animal tissues primarily in the brain, spinal cord, and adipose tissue, functioning mainly as a protective agent in the skin and nerve cells, as well as a detoxifier in the bloodstream. It sounds pretty important… so why do we worry about having high cholesterol?
Well there are two types of cholesterol, LDL and HDL. LDL is considered the “bad cholesterol” and HDL is the “good cholesterol”.
LDLs (low-density lipoprotein) transports cholesterol from the liver to the tissues of the body. High levels of LDL are linked with heart disease because of the excess amounts found in bodily tissue.
HDLs (high-density lipoprotein) transport cholesterol from bodily tissue to the liver so that it can be eliminated in the bile Research studies have provided evidence that the anti-lipidemic (an agent in lowering lipid levels in the blood) properties of kombucha can help in reducing the absorption of LDL cholesterol and promote HDL levels in the body.