Cholesterol is a yellowish fatty substance (lipid) present in the cell walls of all our body cells. It is mainly produced by the liver and about twenty five percent is also obtained from the food we eat. The body uses cholesterol to make vitamin D, certain hormones and bile which helps to digest the fat consumed.
Though it is needed for the body to function normally, high amount of it leads to heart attack, stroke, arterial damage etc. That is why it is important to control it well in time as these diseases may turn out to be life threatening.
The standard level of cholesterol varies between 150 – 200 mg per 100 ml of blood. Hereditary factors, wrong food and diet habits or obesity can lead to high cholesterol. Liver, kidney and thyroid problems can also affect blood cholesterol in a few instances.
If you are having a high cholesterol specially the LDL that is low-density lipoprotein which is considered unsafe and is connected with cholesterol deposits in blood vessels immediately start following these home remedies which are easy to follow and a very small price to pay to save our precious life.
6 Home Remedies To Reduce High Cholesterol
Let me begin with this simplest easy to follow home remedy. Have 8-10 glasses of water daily without waiting to get excessively thirsty. Persons with high blood cholesterol level should drink the required amount of water as it stimulates the waste elimination activity of the skin and kidneys. This in turn facilitates removal of excessive cholesterol from the system.
Coriander seeds contain antioxidants and they help in increasing the production of bile by the liver and also help in increasing the breakdown of cholesterol into other compounds. In this way they help in lowering the total cholesterol and triglycerides, and increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein.Make a decoction with coriander seeds in water which acts as a diuretic and stimulates the kidneys to function effectively. Have this twice a day regularly and its sure to lower your blood cholesterol.
The blood thinning properties of garlic help to reduce the accumulation of cholesterol. Add a clove of garlic to a glass of milk and boil it. Drink it after it cools. Consume this for a few days.This reduces high cholesterol and symptoms of cardiac pain too. A simpler remedy would be to have 2-3 cloves of garlic daily . You may have it in the form of capsules if you want to avoid the strong flavor.
Flax Seeds (Alsi)
Flax seeds contain high levels of dietary fiber as well as lignans, micronutrients and omega-3 fatty acids. Flax seeds lower cholesterol levels and the best way to have them is after dry roasting them. They may be added to food in a powdered form too.
Onions are a good source of dietary fiber besides having vitamin C, vitamin B6, folic acid. They are not only low in fats and in sodium but also contain chemical compounds like phenolics and flavonoids which have anti-inflammatory and anti-cholestrol properties. You may have onions in the raw form added to salads or in a juice form to help in the reduction of high cholestrol.
Regular exercise, abstinence from drinking, smoking and avoiding consumption of unhealthy fried foods and rich foods like cream, butter etc have a positive impact on cholesterol. That is lowering the level of LDL, the Low Density Lipoprotein or bad cholesterol and increasing the level of HDL,the High Density Lipoprotein that is the good cholesterol. Having foods rich in fiber like unprocessed food, vegetables and fruits also helps a lot in maintaining a healthy cholesterol level.
Caution: Please use Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.