Keep levels to 5 mmol
Cholesterol is a lipid (fatty chemical) that is made in the cells in your body. Many different cells make cholesterol but cells in the liver make about a quarter of the total. Although many foods contain cholesterol, it is poorly absorbed by the gut into the body. The ideal total cholesterol level for optimal health is 5.0 mmol/L or less; this reduces your risk of heart or cardiac-related illness.