Home Remedies For Cholesterol
There are 2 types of cholesterol, Low-density lipoproteins or LDL (bad cholesterol) and high-density lipoproteins HDL (good cholesterol). LDLs are responsible for plaque buildup in the arteries, this blocks the flow of blood to major organs like the liver, the kidneys, the genitals, and the brain and is the number one cause of heart disease.
HDLs, on the other hand, are considered good because they carry unused cholesterol back to the liver where it was produced once there the liver breaks it down to be removed from the body. The needed cholesterol plays an important part in the formation of sex hormones and proper nerve and brain function. However, if we do not have enough HDLs or too much cholesterol for them to pick up and transport back to the liver it will stay in our arteries blocking them.
But you are probably asking yourself if the cholesterol is produced in the liver, why would I have too much, it seems like the liver would regulate how much cholesterol is needed. That is right, the problem is that cholesterol is also present in our diet and usually we eat too many saturated fats such as coconuts, white bread, gravies, pork products, etc. all these added to the cholesterol produced by the liver could make us reach an unsafe cholesterol level.
- Yellowish patches around eyelids
- Whitish edges of the cornea
- Cholesterol deposits around the cornea
- coronary heart disease, caused by atherosclerosis
Tips to Prevent Cholesterol
- Eating a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol, getting plenty of exercises, managing your weight, and not smoking can help prevent high cholesterol. Because cholesterol levels tend to increase with age, paying attention to diet and exercise is particularly important as you get older.
- Remember that high cholesterol is just one of the things that increase your risk for coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart attack. Controlling other health problems, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, is also important to reduce your overall risk.
- People suffering from high Cholesterol should drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water per day as it stimulates the activity of the skin and kidneys thereby reducing excessive Cholesterol from the system.
- Regular physical exercises like bicycling, swimming, jogging, etc are helpful in improving blood circulation and enhancing the good Cholesterol level
- Finely chopped Onion pieces mixed with a cup of Buttermilk along with half spoon of Black pepper (Kali Mirch) taken regularly helps in reducing bad cholesterol levels.
- Mix 1 tsp. of roasted chicory root.
- 1 tsp. of lime flowers.
- ½ tsp. of fenugreek seeds.
- ½ tsp. of ginger rhizome.
- 1 quart of water.
- Boil all ingredients, let it cool, and strain. Drink 2 cups a day.
- Eat Garlic or take 1 capsule twice a day. It lowers LDL cholesterol levels by 12% and increases HDLs.
- Niacin is particularly helpful in lowering cholesterol. However, inositol hexaniacinate is an even better and safer form of niacin. Inositol hexaniacinate is composed of one molecule of inositol and six molecules of niacin. Inositol hexaniacinate has been used in Europe for over thirty years to lower cholesterol levels. Inositol hexaniacinate yields slightly better results than standard niacin and is better tolerated because it is flush-free and doesn’t have any long-term side effects on the liver or blood sugar control.
- Chromium is vital in the synthesis of cholesterol, fats, and protein. Chromium maintains stable blood sugar levels through proper insulin utilization and can be helpful for people with diabetes and/or hypoglycemia. Studies have shown that low plasma chromium levels can be an indication of coronary artery disease. Take 400 mcg. a day of chromium picolinate to improve the HDL to LDL ratio.
- Taking Vitamin C with bioflavonoids 4000 mg. a day lowers cholesterol.
- Ginger reduces cholesterol and thins the blood improving circulation
- Guggul reduces LDL by 35% increases HDL by 20 % in 12 weeks, and prevents arteriosclerosis. It performs better than many drugs in several studies.
- Eating unprocessed fiber-rich wheat flour, and whole wheat bread is rich in insoluble fiber which helps in flushing out oil from the intestine.
Author: Dr Izharul Hasan