Cholesterol is naturally found in the body. It is primarily produced in the liver, and a small amount is made by individual cells in the body and the lining of the small intestine. The body produces the amount of cholesterol it needs, so adding more can be harmful and life threatening. Animal-Based foods contain cholesterol while Plant-Based foods do not. Total cholesterol correlates with the risk for cardiovascular disease. An excess amount of cholesterol can cause a hardening or narrowing of the arteries, which increases the risk of a stroke, heart attack & erectile dysfunction. You can do a number of things every day to improve your cholesterol levels and your overall health. Limit or avoid cholesterol containing items such as: pork, eggs, cheese, beef, chicken, dairy products, turkey and fish. Eat a heart-healthy diet by emphasizing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts in your diet.