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|Cholesterol, a yellowish fatty substance, is one of the essential ingredients of the body. Although it is essential to life, it has a
bad reputation, being a major villain in heart disease.
Every person with high blood cholesterol is regarded as a potential candidate for heart attack or a stroke. Most of the
cholesterol found in the body is produced in the liver. However, about twenty to thirty percent generally comes from the foods
Natural Remedies for High Cholesterol
Cholesterol is measured in milligrams per 100 millimeters of blood. The normal level of cholesterol varies between 150 — 200
mg per 100 ml. In blood, cholesterol occurs in combination with certain lipids (fats), hence, known as lipoproteins. There are
two main types of lipoproteins: a low density one (LDL) and a high density one (HDL).
|The low density lipoprotein is the one which is considered harmful and is associated with cholesterol deposit in blood vessels.
The higher the ratio of LDL to the total cholesterol, the greater will be the risk of arterial damage and heart disease. HDL, on the
other hand, plays a salutary role by helping remove cholesterol from circulation and thereby reducing the risk of heart disease.
Hypercholesterolemia or increase in cholesterol is mainly a hereditary disorder. It is also caused by taking rich foods and fried
foods; excessive consumption of milk and its products like ghee, butter, and cream; white flour, sugar, cakes, pastries, biscuits,
cheese, and ice cream; and non-vegetarian foods like meat, fish, and eggs. Other causes of increase in cholesterol are
irregularity in habits, smoking, and drinking alcohol. Stress has also been found to be a major cause of increased level of
Natural Remedies for High Cholesterol #1
Lecithin, also a fatty food substance and the most abundant of the phospholipids, is beneficial in case of increase in cholesterol
level. It has the ability to break up cholesterol into small particles which can be easily handled by the system. With sufficient
intake of lecithin, cholesterol cannot build up against the walls of the arteries and veins. Lecithin also increases the production of
bile acids made from cholesterol, thereby reducing its amount in the blood. Egg yolk, vegetable oils, wholegrain cereals, Soya
beans, and unpasturised milk are rich sources of lecithin. The cells of the body are also capable of synthesizing it as needed, if
several of the B vitamins are present.
Natural Remedies for High Cholesterol #2
Vitamins B6, choline, and inositol are particularly effective in reducing the level of blood cholesterol. Wheat gram, yeast, or
vitamin B extracted from bran contain high quantities of these vitamins. Vitamin E also elevates blood lecithin and reduces
The patient should take liberal quantities of vitamin E-rich foods such as sunflower seeds, safflower, Soya bean oils, butter, and
sprouted seeds and grains.
Natural Remedies for High Cholesterol #3
Regular drinking of a decoction of coriander seeds helps lower blood cholesterol. It is a good diuretic and helps stimulate the
kidneys. It is prepared by boiling two tablespoons of dry seeds in a glass of water, and straining the decoction after cooling.
This decoction should be taken twice daily.
Natural Remedies for High Cholesterol #4
The amount of fiber in the diet also influences the cholesterol levels and LDL cholesterol can be lowered by taking diets rich in
fibers. The most significant sources of dietary fiber are unprocessed wheat bran, whole cereals such as wheat, rice, barley, rye;
legumes such as potatoes, carrots, beet, and turnips; fruits such as mangoes and guavas; and leafy vegetables such as
cabbage, lady's fingers, lettuce, and celery. Oat bran and corn bran are specially beneficial in lowering LDL cholesterol.
Natural Remedies for High Cholesterol #5
Sunflower seeds are valuable in lowering high blood cholesterol. They contain a substantial quantity of linoleic acid which is the
fat helpful in reducing cholesterol deposits on the walls of arteries. Substituting sunflower seeds for some of the solid fats like
butter and cream will, therefore, lead to great improvement in health.
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