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High-density lipoprotein (HDL) particles have several functions that are beneficial for the heart and overall health, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-thrombotic properties.
HDL particles help remove cholesterol from the arteries and prevent its buildup, which is linked to heart disease. The number of HDL particles (HDL-P) in circulation is a better indicator of heart health than just measuring HDL cholesterol levels.
A higher HDL-P is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, while a lower HDL-P is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. HDL particles can be affected by environmental factors like pollution and diet.
A healthy diet, like the Mediterranean diet, can support HDL function and overall heart health.
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