7 Natural Herbs to Lower Cholesterol Levels



Herbs to lower cholesterol

Heart disease is a very common occurrence among youngsters these days and based on a study an average of 3 million people die in India due to cardiovascular disease that also includes sudden strokes and heart attacks. When testing you for any heart condition, your doctor will first check of your cholesterol levels, LDL (low-density lipoproteins) and HDL (high-density lipoproteins) levels are within a healthy range.

A healthy level of cholesterol can be easily attained by a healthy diet and lifestyle. A well-balanced diet, 30 minutes of daily exercise, ideal body weight, giving up on addictions and some herbs are effective in controlling cholesterol levels.

In today’s article, we are going to mention certain herbs that help in lowering cholesterol levels while balancing the HDL and LDL levels.

Ginseng

Ginseng has long been used in Asian medicines in concoction with other herbs to support heart health and treat other ailments. The root of ginseng has all the good benefits in it and these days extracts of the ginseng root are available in capsules and in combination with products like green tea, coffee, and energy drinks. Studies support ginseng’s ability to maintain healthy levels of HDL and LDL.

Guggul

It is a herb that is indigenous to India and is used as an Ayurvedic medicine to stabilize the good and bad cholesterol levels in the body. There have been scientific researches on the herb that proves that guggul prevents the liver from releasing excess LDL in the bloodstream.

Psyllium

For years, psyllium husk has been used to treat gastrointestinal disorders and constipation. But recent researches have found out that this herb is very effective when it comes to treating and controlling cholesterol levels. Psyllium stimulates the conversion of cholesterol to bile acids and also controls cholesterol due to its high fiber content.

Alfalfa

Many of us are aware of the numerous benefits of alfalfa because of its plenty of minerals and nutrient content. But recently clinical studies have proven that the herb is beneficial in lowering LDL levels in the body and reducing cholesterol. It is one of the most effective ways to balance blood cholesterol levels.

Licorice

The American Cancer Society has stated that licorice is a great source of flavonoids and hence effective when it comes to lowering cholesterol levels. It also prevents the accumulation of cholesterol along the arterial walls. Licorice has an active ingredient glabridin that delays oxidation of LDL cholesterol that is believed to be the key agent in contributing to high cholesterol levels.

Turmeric

The active compound in turmeric curcumin suppresses the accumulation of cholesterol in the blood. The root of turmeric plants lowers cholesterol to such a great extent that it also reduces the risk of heart diseases.

Fenugreek

Available right on your kitchen shelf, fenugreek seeds have also been proven to lower blood cholesterol levels. Fenugreek has high phenolic and flavonoid compounds that reduce LDL, triglycerides and total cholesterol levels besides increasing HDL levels.

Some of these herbs are easily available in your kitchen counter while others are readily available in the pharmaceutical store in the form of capsules and powder supplements. However, before you start a herbal treatment, have a word with your doctor. 

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