The discovery of cholesterol.

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Cholesterol is a steroid alcohol found in animal fats and oils, bile, blood, brain tissue, milk, egg yolk, myelin sheaths of nerve fibres, liver, kidneys and adrenal glands.


In 1769, the French chemist François Poulletier de la Salle first isolated cholesterol from gallstones by employing the following method…¹ ³

  • First, gallstones were powdered and dissolved in alcohol.
  • Upon warming of the solution, white flakes of cholesterol were formed.

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High purity cholesterol



Here is a portrait of François Poulletier de la Salle:

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