The questions we’ve been receiving lately from our readers have been in regard to cholesterol.
Questions such as: What exactly is cholesterol, and what makes it so bad? What natural remedies can I take to help lower my cholesterol? So in this issue ,we’re going to talk about cholesterol and the natural remedies that can help lower your cholesterol levels.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is found in all cells of the body. Cholesterol normally gets a bad reputation, but the truth is: your body needs it to make hormones, Vitamin D and other compounds that help increase proper digestion.
There are two cholesterols: HDL (High-Density Lipoproteins) and LDL (Low-Density Lipoproteins). HDL or “good” cholesterol comes from a well-balanced diet and daily exercise. This cholesterol helps reduce plaque build-up in arteries and protects against LDL or the “bad” cholesterol. With today’s diet, it’s quite easy to consume more LDL cholesterol than HDL. Having too much LDL cholesterol in the body increases the risk of clogged arteries and raises the likelihood of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
Here are some natural remedies to help lower your LDL cholesterol and promote clean blood circulation.
Artichoke: Containing a natural sweetening compound called cynarin, artichoke increases bile production in the liver and accelerates bile flow from the gallbladder. This process increases excretion of cholesterol, effectively reducing cholesterol levels without any adverse effects.
Cinnamon: Derived from a bark that has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, cinnamon is a natural anti-inflammatory substance that can help lower LDL cholesterol. About a half teaspoon a day is sufficient to help lower the risk of high cholesterol levels.
Garlic: Known as a natural blood thinner, garlic can help reduce the risk factors of heart disease. Doctors suggest eating one raw, whole clove of garlic a day. To avoid the harsh taste and breath, try supplementing with garlic capsules.
Alfalfa: Alfalfa naturally contains saponins—a compound that blocks the absorption of cholesterol and helps prevent against future plaque build-up on artery walls. Alfalfa is also known to promote healthy digestion while delivering essential vitamins and minerals for increased health and wellness.
Oats: Whether it’s for breakfast or a snack, oats are a powerful food that can effectively lower cholesterol levels, while increasing immunity and energy. The high soluble fibre content is the key to oats incredible health benefit. It is believed that the sticky nature of the oatmeal helps gather cholesterol in the digestive tract and safely eliminate it as waste.
We want all of our readers to have healthy cholesterol levels, and implementing these natural remedies is the first start.