There has been a sudden rise in the campaign on the ill effects of cholesterol on the American football players. You can see them almost in all the websites, social media sites, online ads, etc. They have created such a phobia among the players that they look for labels on cholesterol levels in everything they buy. No wonder if they start the search for labels on the bottled water also. As a coach and diet specialist, I always stress the importance of cholesterol for the players, but why do I do that?
Cholesterol is a sterol type compound that is found in all the living beings, including humans. It is a part of the cell membrane all over the human body. It is a protective layer which prevents cell damages during the excess of stress and fatigue. It works like a lubricant for the joints to increase their flexibility. It is also an important ingredient to reduce the probability of muscle cramps and injuries while playing on the field and in training.
Cholesterol is also a compound which can help in energy generation within each cell in the human body. It can preserve the energy and release it when the body requires it. You can imagine the volumes of energy required on the American football field at peak playing sessions. If your body has to endure all the stress and stay away from injuries, cholesterol is very important. How much does your body really need?
Optimum Cholesterol Quantity
I can tell you about the required cholesterol levels in milligrams. But it won’t have any effects as you may forget it. You may also not be able to measure the quantity while consuming. So, I will tell you about what to consume, when to consume, and what to avoid.
I have heard specialists talking about good and bad cholesterol. I have researched a lot to find the difference between the two. I have found none. What matters are the quantity and the time you consume cholesterol? It also matters how much of workouts you do after consumption. It is the only way to convert cholesterol into useful energy. Or the excess cholesterol deposits may cause more harm than good.
What to Eat
Fiber fruits and fatty fish are the two foods I recommend. For example, you can consume an apple, berries, bananas, mangoes, guavas, and passion fruit. When it comes to fish, you can consider salmon and tuna. Trout, herring, and mackerel are the other types of fish which contain optimum levels of cholesterol.
When to Eat
Breakfast is the best time to have cholesterol in your foods. You can eat it a few minutes before your workouts. Avoid workouts on an empty stomach as it can lead to obesity and heart problems.
What to Avoid
Fried, packaged, and processed foods also contain cholesterol. But they can accumulate within the muscles and blood without converting into energy. It can easily combine with fat to increase your body obesity.
Let us explore more foods and beverages to have energy increasing cholesterol in the next sessions.