Lower your Cholesterol with out Drugs

: April 27, 2015
 
 
Hoem Remedies to lower high cholesterol
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Many times we hear that a person is suffering from high cholesterol and if it is a near and dear person a warning alarm rings in our mind and we are scared that this is going to lead to something serious or even fatal if not controlled in time. High cholesterol levels are a matter of concern because they can lead to severe cardiac problems.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance stored in the blood and if kept under limits it is useful for stress control, hormone manufacture, functioning of the brain. To move to cells cholesterol has to attach to a protein. The combination of cholesterol and protein is called lipoprotein.
 
There are two types of lipoproteins:
1. High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) or Good Cholesterol which is linked to lower risk of cardiac problems.

2. Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) or Bad Cholesterol which is the main culprit for cardiac problems.
 
Excess cholesterol begins to accumulate on the inner lining of the artery and constricts the arteries and makes it difficult for the blood to flow. As time passes the situation becomes more serious as clot formation begins which can lead to heart attack.
The only way to determine the cholesterol levels s by going through a cholesterol test which measures all the fats in your body. 

Causes of high cholesterol:

  • Eating high cholesterol foods in large amounts like eggs ,non vegetarian foods
  • Leading a sedentary lifestyle and not exercising at all.
  • Hereditary.
  • Obese people are more susceptible to high cholesterol.
  • As we grow old cholesterol build up increases.
  • Smoking and alcohol.
We can control cholesterol by following a few tips.
1. Avoid stress.
2. Have a healthy diet rich in fibers and quality protein and low in fats and carbohydrates.
3. Practice yoga and brisk walking.
4. Avoid non vegetarian foods like eggs, meat.
As diet control is the key to controlling cholesterol levels, the key ingredients in our diet should be as follows: 

1. Vegetable Oil:

Olive oil
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The total fat intake should be cut down so preference must be given to healthy vegetable oils like olive oil, sunflower oil, sesame oil, cotton seed oil as compared to butter, ghee, coconut oil and palm oil as these contain saturated fats which increase cholesterol.

2. Foods rich in antioxidants:

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Foods that are rich in antioxidants are found to increase the good cholesterol and decrease bad cholesterol. Vegetables, whole grains fruits like apple, papaya, root vegetables like carrot, potatoes are rich in anti oxidants. 

3. Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids:

Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids
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Omega 3 fatty acids lower bad cholesterol and risk of blood clots .Flaxseeds, walnuts, almonds, sesame seeds, soya,pulses are its good source.

4. Fiber rich food:

Fiber rich food
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Fiber avoids fat from being absorbed. Foods rich in water soluble fiber reduce cholesterol.Bajra, jowari, fresh vegetables, fruits like apples, whole dals, sprouts carrots are rich source of fiber.

5. Foods rich in flavanoids:

Foods rich in flavanoids
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Foods rich in flavanoids prevent arthrosclerosis and strengthen blood vessels.Flavanoids are found in broccoli, carrots tomatoes. 
In addition to diet control we can follow some simple home remedies which help in controlling cholesterol and do not have any harmful side effects.

Home remedies for controlling cholesterol. 

1. Coriander seeds:

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Coriander seeds help in lowering total cholesterol levels.
  • Dry roast coriander seeds.
  • Grind it to fine powder.
  • Add the powder to water.
  • Boil it for 10 minutes.
  • Strain and cool the mixture.
  • Drink the solution twice daily. 

2. Onions:

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Red onions reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.
  • Grind one onion.
  • Extract its juice.
  • To it add one tablespoon of honey.
  • Drink it in the morning daily

4. Amla:

Gooseberry Cholesterol
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Amla reduces lipid concentrations.
  • Take dry amla.
  • Grind it to a powder.
  • Add the powder to warm water.
  • Drink the mixture everyday in the morning on an empty stomach.

5. Oats:

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Oats contain soluble fiber which can bind with cholesterol circulating in the blood and excrete it form the body and hence can lower cholesterol levels. You can have oats as porridge or make some tasty dish out of it.
  • Take half cup of washed brown rice
  • To this add half cup of oats.
  • Heat a  little sesame oil and to it add few pods of garlic
  • Add oats and brown rice mixture
  • Add water and simmer it on low flame.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Your healthy khichdi is ready. 

6. Garlic:

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Garlic has sulphur containing antioxidants which help in lowering bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. Increase consumption of garlic in your everyday meals.
  • Take a few chopped carrots, tomatoes and broccoli in a bowl.
  • To it add crushed garlic
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • Add a little olive oil
  • Toss the veggies.
  • Your healthy salad is ready 

7. Turmeric:

Turmeric Cholesterol
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Turmeric lowers the bad cholesterol and prevents the accumulation of fat on the inner walls of arteries. Add a little turmeric to your veggies and curries without fail. 

8. Green Tea:

Green Tea Cholesterol
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Green tea contains large amount of epigallocatechingallate which lowers the bad cholesterol. Drink about 2 cups of green tea everyday to control cholesterol.

9. Orange Juice:

Orange Juice Cholesterol
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Orange juice has vitamin C folate and flavanoids and helps in reducing bad cholesterol.
  • Take four oranges.
  • Extract the juice using a citrus juicer.
  • Do not strain the juice.
  • Drink it as it is without adding sugar. 

10. Walnuts:

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Walnuts are found to decrease the total cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Eat a handful of walnuts everyday.

11. Carrot:

Carrot Cholesterol
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They have pectin which helps reduce cholesterol. Increase the intake of carrots in your daily meal. You can have it as veggie or as salad.
 
Cholesterol can be controlled provided you take the necessary measures. A healthy active lifestyle along with good diet control is a must. This regime along with some useful home remedies can help control cholesterol to a great extent. But do not ignore it as it is the root cause of several cardiac problems.Don't hesitate to take medical help; better safe than sorry.

AUTHOR

Sarjita Pradhan

Sarjita Pradhan

Sarjita Pradhan born and brought in Mumbai has a degree in Masters in Analytical Chemistry and a wide work experience in various fields...

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