Cholesterol is one of the essential ingredients of the body and is generally produced in the liver. However, about twenty to thirty per cent generally comes from the food we eat. It 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.
Causes of Cholesterol Imbalance
The major cause of high cholesterol levels is wrong lifestyle. Fatty food, lack of regular exercise and stress are the main causes of imbalance in cholesterol. These and other causes can be listed as follows:
High blood pressure
Excessive smoking and drinking
High intake of fat diets
Home Remedies for Cholesterol
Here is a review of top 10 natural remedies for high cholesterol:
Niacin (vitamin B3) has been proven as one of the best natural remedies for high cholesterol, however, it should be used under strict doctor’s supervision to avoid serious side effects in some individuals like bloating, diarrhea, gastric ulcers and liver inflammation.
Artichoke leaf is believed to accelerate bile production and exchange which in its turn speeds up the cholesterol turnover in the body and prevents its excessive absorption in the intestines.
Red yeast rice extract is made by way of fermenting red yeast over rice and has been used among natural remedies for high cholesterol. Red yeast rice works by inhibiting cholesterol production. It works very similarly to prescription drugs statins and should be used only after consulting with your doctor.
Coenzyme Q10 is an essential element that supports cellular energy, heart health and immune system. Cholesterol lowering drugs actually deplete your body by blocking this important enzyme absorption resulting in excessive fatigue, muscle pains and, in extreme cases, heart failure. Co Q10 should be included in your cholesterol lowering therapy.
Organic plant-based sterol and stanol supplements in combination with other cholesterol lowering treatments are proven to be very effective in blocking cholesterol absorption by the intestines therefore decreasing your overall cholesterol blood count.
Exercising is one of the best natural remedies for high cholesterol. If you are overweight start out with light to moderate level activities like walking, gentle stretches, Yoga, Pilates and Tai-Chi as it might be difficult for you to start exercising at a full speed and can cause unnecessary injuries and stress for you body.
Check your thyroid function as oftentimes this factor is overlooked when looking for a natural treatment for high cholesterol. Underactive thyroid symptoms will inhibit proper metabolic processes making you gain weight for no apparent reason.
Keep you liver which responsible for lipid exchange healthy by eliminating toxic overload in your environment. Switch to natural based cleaners, cosmetics, personal care products, consume only high quality filtered water preferably from a glass container to optimize your liver function.
Diet and fitness tips for cholesterol
Eat green leafy vegetable, fiber rich food.
Eat 1-2 apples daily.
Eat Garlic or take 1 capsule twice a day. It lowers LDL cholesterol level in 12% and increases HDLs.
15 Almonds 16 and Walnuts 17 are also effective to lower cholesterol.
Eat one cup of walnuts everyday.
You can also drink coriander in water everyday. It will help in the reduction of cholesterol in the body.
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