Home Remedies to Reduce Cholesterol Levels

 

Cholesterol is an organic chemical substance classified as a waxy steroid of fat. It is a fat (lipid) which is produced by the liver and is crucial for normal body functioning. Cholesterol is an essential structural component of mammalian cell membranes and is required to establish proper membrane permeability and fluidity. Cholesterol exists in the outer layer of every cell in our body and has multiple functions. In addition to its importance within cells, cholesterol is an important component in the hormonal systems of the body to manufacture bile acids, steroid hormones, and vitamin D. In vertebrates, it is formed predominantly in the liver. However, it is important and necessary for human health, high levels in the blood can damage arteries and result in cardiovascular disease.



Types of Cholesterol:

  • LDL (low-density lipoproteins).
  • HDL (high-density lipoproteins).
  • Triglycerides.

Causes of Cholesterol

  • Genetics.
  • Stress.
  • Excessive consumption of milk and dairy products like butter, ghee, ice cream, cheese.
  • Too much consumption of red meat, white flour, eggs.
  • Irregular smoking and drug addiction.

1. Coriander Seeds:

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Scientists have confirmed that coriander has the ability to decrease your total cholesterol  and triglycerides. Coriander seeds have potent hypoglycemic effects, meaning they are also great for diabetics.

How to Use:

  • Combine a cup of water and 2 teaspoons of coriander seed powder.
  • Boil the mixture for a few seconds, and strain.
  • You can add some milk, sugar, and cardamom to taste.
  • For optimal results drink it twice a day.

2. Turmeric:

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Turmeric has amazing wound healing properties. It reduces LDL cholesterol; hence, it can remove the plaque buildups on the walls of the arteries. Eventually, this will reduce your blood cholesterol.

How to Use:

  • Add a dash of turmeric powder while cooking. This is one of the best ways to get the recommended daily amount of this powerful herb.
  • You can also cook 1½ tablespoons of water, ¾ teaspoon turmeric and 2 tablespoons of previously cooked and mashed eggplant.
  • Eat this paste with your favorite whole wheat bread and this may soon turn into your favorite snack.

3. Cinnamon:

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How to Use:

  • Add 1 spoon of ground cinnamon to a cup of boiling water and mix it.
  • Cover it with a lid and allow it to stand for 30 minutes.
  • Later strain this solution and add 1 teaspoon of honey to this.
  • Drink it on empty stomach, preferably half an hour before breakfast.

4. Fenugreek Seeds:

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Fenugreek Seeds are rich in potassium, iron, calcium, selenium, zinc and manganese, also contain good quantities of Vitamins A, B and C. the components steroidal saponins present in fenugreek reduces the absorption of cholesterol by the body that comes from fat-rich foods.

How to Use:

  • Take 2 ounces of fenugreek seeds daily to lower the level of cholesterol.
  • It also reduces the risk of heart attacks.
  • The powder of these seeds can be consumed with warm water in a dose of ½ to 1 teaspoon once or twice daily.
  • Fenugreek leaves can be added to salads and consumed.





5. Nuts:

Different nuts

Nuts are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients, fibres and healthy monounsaturated fats. At least a handful of nuts should be consumed daily. Peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans and other nuts reduce blood cholesterol.

How to Use:

  • According to studies, eating a quarter cup of almonds a day can lower LDL by 4-5 percent.
  • Soya roasted almonds can be consumed without oil.
  • Walnuts contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Chomp them to lower your LDL by 16%.
  • All nuts are high in calories. Therefore they should be taken in lesser quantities.

6. Indian Gooseberry:

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Gooseberry is a magic berry that has loads of Vitamin C. Moreover it has a liberal spread of minerals that are good for handling a plethora of illnesses. Gooseberry is a very powerful antioxidant that helps in reinforcing the heart muscles by strengthening them.

How to Use:

  • Mix 2 to 3 teaspoons of gooseberry juice in a glass of water.
  • Drink the mixture on an empty stomach.
  • Continue the process for a month or so.
  • Alternatively, you may eat fresh gooseberry (cooked).

7. Apple Cider Vinegar:

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Apple cider vinegar is an amazing extract that is recommended as a cure for various disorders. It is suggested as one of the best remedies for getting rid of high cholesterol because of its capacity to help lower the levels of triglycerides and cholesterol.

How to Use:

  • Mix 2 to 3 teaspoons of undiluted apple cider vinegar (ACV) in a glass of warm water.
  • Drink the mixture on an empty stomach.
  • Repeat the process twice daily for a month or so.

8. Chocolate:

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Chocolate is a powerful antioxidant that maintains HDL cholesterol levels. The cocoa flavanols and plant sterols found in dark non-milk chocolate can reduce the LDL cholesterol by 2-5%. The flavonoids in chocolates prevent blood platelets from sticking together and keep the arteries unclogged. Eat about 1 ounce of chocolate in a day to boost up the good cholesterol and prevent bad cholesterol from oxidizing.




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