Picture this: You’re sitting in your doctor’s office for your regular health check-up and your physician says you need to lower your cholesterol. Having high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease, as fatty deposits wind up in your blood vessels, making it difficult for blood to flow through the arteries. Many patients mistakenly think they must eliminate foods that are high in cholesterol from their diets. I’m happy to report you don’t have to deprive yourself to keep your cholesterol levels in check. In fact, cholesterol is a vital nutrient for health, cognition, and hormonal balance.