Cholesterol
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that occurs in all parts of the body. Cholesterol plays an important role in steroid hormone and bile acid biosynthesis and serves as an integral component of cell membranes. There is currently no RDA or AI set but the American Heart Association recommends limiting dietary cholesterol to 300 mg per day.

What happens if I have a deficiency in cholesterol?
The American Heart Association linked very low cholesterol levels with an increased risk of hemorrhagic stokes. NIH found that women with very low cholesterol levels are at risk of giving birth prematurely or having a baby with a low birth weight.

What happens if I have excess cholesterol?
High levels of cholesterol in the blood can increase your risk of heart disease. Too much cholesterol will stick to the walls of your arteries causig them to narrow or become blocked. There are usually no signs or symptoms that you have high blood cholesterol, but it can be detected with a blood test.

Source: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/cholesterol.html
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

Disclaimer: This website provides information that should not take the place of medical advice. We encourage you to talk to your healthcare providers about what may be best for your overall health.

What is the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)?
There is no RDA for cholesterol.