Cholesterol is the waxy fat that is produced by the liver. About 20-30% of the cholesterol comes from our diet. Cholesterol is important for our body to transport fats to the organs, improve immune functions, and protect the red blood cells and the muscular membrane of the body.
Cholesterol is of two types-LDL and HDL. LDL builds up plaques in the arteries blocking the supply of blood to all the vital organs in the body and hence called bad cholesterol. HDL transports the unused cholesterol back to the liver where it is broken down and discarded out of the body.
High level of cholesterol leads to hypercholesterolemia which can have adverse effects in the body like strokes and heart attacks. If hypercholesterolemia is diagnosed early, it is better to go for home remedies which have shown promising results.
Home Remedies For High Cholesterol
Garlic And Onion
They are effective in reducing the level of cholesterol. Garlic also helps in the thinning of blood which improves circulation of blood. You can consume either 3-4 cloves of garlic every day or also make a juice of garlic boiled with milk.
Garlic can also be included in salads to increase its consumption. Onion can be taken in the form of raw juice or with honey or slices of onion dipped in buttermilk and pepper in it. Onion is found to clean the blood from the bad cholesterol and also helps in digestive disorders.
Several seeds have been found to be beneficial in lowering the level of cholesterol. Coriander seeds taken with a glass of water every day for about a month help to reduce the blood cholesterol. Sunflower seeds contain linoleic acid which reduces the cholesterol surrounding the blood capillaries and facilitates good circulation of blood. The oil of these seeds should be used in cooking.
A fenugreek seed always available at home is also effective in hypercholesterolemia. Methi seeds should be soaked in water and left overnight. The strained mixture should be taken empty stomach every morning to reduce blood cholesterol. It has been found that these seeds also help in curing stomach and other digestive problems.
Eating fibre rich food helps to reduce blood cholesterol. Soluble fibre found in fruits, leafy vegetables and bran are more effective. Fibre intake can also be increased with increase in intake of complex carbohydrates.
Lecithin should be added to the diet as it avoids the accumulation of cholesterol along the walls of the arteries and veins. Lecithin is found in egg yolks, pasteurized milk, whole grains cereals, soya beans and vegetable oils. Fewer amounts of saturated fats should be consumed as they themselves contain cholesterol.
Several herbs help to reduce the level of cholesterol. Guggul is an herb that contains guggulsterones which help to decrease the blood cholesterol level. Alfalfa helps to remove the cholesterol that blocks the arteries and veins.
One teaspoon oil of the herb basil has found to reduce blood cholesterol level. Water of boiled parsley herb helps in proper functioning of the arterial system of the body.