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Herbs to Lower Cholesterol: Six Best Supplements

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Alfalfa-blocks absorption of bad cholesterol, prevents plaque build-up. Garlic-lowers bad cholesterol, elevates good cholesterol. Hawthorn leaf-reduces inflammation. Evening Primrose Oil- helps produce PFE1 that fights inflammation and high cholesterol. Green tea- lowers bad cholesterol. Glucomannan-lowers triglyceride levels, aids weight loss.

Best Herbs To Lower Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol comes in two forms, good (HDL) cholesterol and bad (LDL) cholesterol.  When you have a high bad cholesterol count and a low good cholesterol count, it can put you at risk of developing heart disease.  Bad cholesterol flows through the blood stream and can attach to the inside of arteries and cause plaque build-up.  This can eventually lead to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and blocked arteries that can lead to heart attack or stroke.  Plaque can also break off and block an artery, resulting in a stroke.

High bad cholesterol can usually be controlled through a healthy diet, exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.  Medication is sometimes used for those who cannot lower their cholesterol through other means.  Herbal supplements can also be effective in lowering cholesterol.  Here is a list of herbs to lower cholesterol.

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Alfalfa

Studies have shown that alfalfa supplements block the absorption of bad cholesterol and prevent the build-up of plaque.  The chemicals and fiber in alfalfa stick to bad cholesterol in the bloodstream and stop it from attaching to artery walls.  The recommended dose of alfalfa is 40 milligrams a day of alfalfa seeds or 1 gram, 3 times a day of alfalfa capsules.  Alfalfa should not be taken in amounts over 80 grams per day as it can damage red blood cells.  People with lupus are advised not to take alfalfa supplements.

Garlic

Garlic has been used for centuries to treat various ailments and is recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment to lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol.  It keeps cholesterol in balance by lowering bad cholesterol while elevating good cholesterol which is important for flushing away the bad cholesterol.  Garlic also prevents clotting and reduces plaque in the arteries.  To lower cholesterol, the recommended dose is 600 to 900 milligrams of garlic supplements each day.  You can also benefit from eating fresh garlic by ingesting 4 grams per day.  However, don’t overdo the garlic. Chronic overuse of garlic supplements can damage red blood cells and also cause hyperthyroidism (underactive thyroid).

Hawthorn

The leaf and flower of the hawthorn plant have long been used to prevent heart failure, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, inflammation of the blood vessels and to dilate blood vessels to allow the flow of blood to the heart.  It can also prevent irregular heartbeat.  Cholesterol is lowered due to the treatment of the inflammation in the blood vessels.  Hawthorn berry is widely used to treat these ailments also, although it has not been proven to work as effectively as the flower and leaf of the plant has.  Dosage of hawthorn should be discussed with you doctor or a registered herbalist.  Overdose of this supplement can cause extremely low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and sedation.

Evening Primrose Oil

Evening primrose oil is used for many illnesses and is effective in lowering bad cholesterol and high blood pressure.  The active ingredient in evening primrose oil is gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an important fatty acid which helps to produce prostaglandins (PFE1).  PFE1 fights against inflammation and helps in preventing blood clots and high cholesterol.  This herbal supplement should not be taken by people who are prone to seizers or who are taking a medication for depression or schizophrenia.  The recommended dose for adults is 6 to 8 grams per day.

[Read: Fruits And Vegetables That Help Lower Cholesterol Levels]

Green Tea

Green tea has been used for centuries to prevent and treat many illnesses including heart disease.  According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, clinical studies have shown that the antioxidant properties in green tea can help prevent atherosclerosis and can lower bad cholesterol while raising good cholesterol.  Because green tea works as a diuretic, it is also beneficial for lowering blood pressure.  The recommended dose is 1-2 tablets a day or 1-3 cups of green tea a day.  Drinking milk can lower the antioxidant effectiveness of green tea.  The caffeine in green tea can cause high blood pressure, anxiety and heart palpitations if used in excess.  There are decaffeinated green tea supplements and tea for people who should not have caffeine.

Glucomannan

In clinical trials, glucomannan has shown it is effective in lowering bad cholesterol as well as lowering triglyceride levels and helping people lose weight.  The recommended dose to lower cholesterol is 3.9 grams a day for 4 weeks, then stop for two weeks and resume for another four weeks.  Side-effects include diarrhea, intestinal gas, loose stools, blockage of the esophagus and lower digestive tract and low blood sugar.  People who are already taking a medication for cholesterol should not take glucomannan.

You should have your cholesterol levels checked once every 2 years and more often if you are at risk of developing heart disease.  Talk to your doctor about ways to lower cholesterol if your levels are high and discuss the use of herbal supplements before using them.  Herbal supplements can be a safe, effective way to lower cholesterol if used responsibly.

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Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

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Marie Savu 5pts

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Habeeb Akhter
Habeeb Akhter 5pts

Definitely we are made up of earth in organic form, I.e. Mostly minerals.

Habeeb Akhter
Habeeb Akhter 5pts

We are made up of earth means, minerals and chemicals

Habeeb Akhter
Habeeb Akhter 5pts

Need to add a point that all living beings are made up of earth and after death gets mixed into earth. Means what ever we eat is, earth in organic form, be it vegetarian or non vegetarian.

Gautam Makvana
Gautam Makvana 5pts

हमारे शरीर में होने वाली हर बिमारी, हर कमजोरी एवं हर व्याधि खनिज तत्वों (minerals) की कमी के कारण होती है -Scientist Dr. Linus Pauling (Two times noble prize awarded)प्राकृतिक शोध वैज्ञानिकों के अनुसार खनिज तत्वों(Minerals) के ज़रिये निम्न लिखित बिमारियों का इलाज होता है। 1) लकवा(Paralysis) 2) बेहोशी 3) ब्लड कोलेस्ट्रोल 4) सिर दर्द(headache) 5) बलग़म (phlegm) 6) खांसी(cough) 7) दमा (asthama) 8) घुटनों का दर्द(Joints pain) 9) जिगर(Liver)की बिमारी 10) पेशाब की बिमारियाँ 11) तेज़बियत(acidity) 12) पेट की गैस 13) पेट में मरोड़ (colic) 14) क़ब्ज(Constipation) 15) बवासीर (Piles) 16) आँखों की बिमारियाँ 17) औरतों के माहवारी न आना 18) बच्चे दानी का कैंसर 19) नाक व गले की बिमारियाँ 20) क़ब्ज 21) गैस की बिमारियाँ 22) शूगर(Diebities) 23) उच्च रक्त चाप(H.B.P.) 24) निम्न रक्त चाप(L.B.P) 25) कैंसर 26) टी बी(tuberculosis) 27) पथरी (Stone) 28) त्वचा सम्बन्धी रोग 29) सैक्स सम्बन्धी रोग 30) दाँतों के रोग 31) बाँझपन 32) अनिद्रा 33) महिलाओं के रोग 34) ह्रदय सम्बन्धी रोग 35) याददाश्त की कमजोरी 36) मिर्गी आना 37) चक्कर आना 38) शारीरिक अविकास 39) बालों का झड़ना 40) बालों का सफेद होना 41) गंजापनपाइये इन समस्त रोगों में लाभ Unicity Superchlorophyll + others products like Balance, kiddo, lean complete, Matcha, etc.अधिक जानकारी के लिए सम्पर्क करें :- Whatsapp par contact kare, All india 9137334101

Gautam Makvana
Gautam Makvana 5pts

हमारे शरीर में होने वाली हर बिमारी, हर कमजोरी एवं हर व्याधि खनिज तत्वों (minerals) की कमी के कारण होती है -Scientist Dr. Linus Pauling (Two times noble prize awarded)प्राकृतिक शोध वैज्ञानिकों के अनुसार खनिज तत्वों(Minerals) के ज़रिये निम्न लिखित बिमारियों का इलाज होता है। 1) लकवा(Paralysis) 2) बेहोशी 3) ब्लड कोलेस्ट्रोल 4) सिर दर्द(headache) 5) बलग़म (phlegm) 6) खांसी(cough) 7) दमा (asthama) 8) घुटनों का दर्द(Joints pain) 9) जिगर(Liver)की बिमारी 10) पेशाब की बिमारियाँ 11) तेज़बियत(acidity) 12) पेट की गैस 13) पेट में मरोड़ (colic) 14) क़ब्ज(Constipation) 15) बवासीर (Piles) 16) आँखों की बिमारियाँ 17) औरतों के माहवारी न आना 18) बच्चे दानी का कैंसर 19) नाक व गले की बिमारियाँ 20) क़ब्ज 21) गैस की बिमारियाँ 22) शूगर(Diebities) 23) उच्च रक्त चाप(H.B.P.) 24) निम्न रक्त चाप(L.B.P) 25) कैंसर 26) टी बी(tuberculosis) 27) पथरी (Stone) 28) त्वचा सम्बन्धी रोग 29) सैक्स सम्बन्धी रोग 30) दाँतों के रोग 31) बाँझपन 32) अनिद्रा 33) महिलाओं के रोग 34) ह्रदय सम्बन्धी रोग 35) याददाश्त की कमजोरी 36) मिर्गी आना 37) चक्कर आना 38) शारीरिक अविकास 39) बालों का झड़ना 40) बालों का सफेद होना 41) गंजापनपाइये इन समस्त रोगों में लाभ Unicity Superchlorophyll + others products like Balance, kiddo, lean complete, Matcha, etc.अधिक जानकारी के लिए सम्पर्क करें :- Whatsapp par contact kare, All india 9137334101

Habeeb Akhter
Habeeb Akhter 5pts

Dear Cody. Imagine you stand still and a lion or tiger comes and eats your hands, then legs, then every other part of your body. And you don't move and are still. Now relate yourself to tree and lion or tiger to we people. Trees and plants to have life. Because they don't move or express don't think that they don't feel pain. Every life on this earth is dependent upon other life. Vegetarian or non vegetarian , intentionally or unintentionally we are hurting other lives. No options,have to live. Only thing we can do is to inflict as minimum pain as possible on other lives.

Habeeb Akhter
Habeeb Akhter 5pts

Any meat increases Uric acid. Better to avoid till your Uric acid levels come. Best to reduce stomach fat is to stop eating carbohydrates and sugars. Do regular walking, and weekly three days intensive exercise for 45 minutes.

Cody Lee
Cody Lee 5pts

Heres one stop eating animals and animal buy products

Ritu Singh
Ritu Singh 5pts

Pls sugest for fast weight loss home remidies

Fazal Ahmed
Fazal Ahmed 5pts

Habeeb bhai if u dont mind in your fb there is a pic which shows a person bfore n after can u suggest me that if u know bcause i have belly stomach i drank apple cidar vinegar my body reduces but my stomach is the same

Prem Rathod
Prem Rathod 5pts

Pls suggest any home remedy for constipation

Habeeb Akhter
Habeeb Akhter 5pts

Stop red meat and related food. Eat eggs, dairy products, you will have strength and no problem of uric acid.

Fazal Ahmed
Fazal Ahmed 5pts

Pls suggest home remedy for uric acid(gout)

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Kanhaiyalal Soni Thanks for the info! :)

Kanhaiyalal Soni
Kanhaiyalal Soni 5pts

Cummins & Coriander's powder equaly mix and store take one spoon twice after food with water

Habeeb Akhter
Habeeb Akhter 5pts

More over after 55 to 60 years,we need higher cholesterol levels for longer life expectancy.

Habeeb Akhter
Habeeb Akhter 5pts

Ecess of anything is bad. Now a days people are exploited by medical system. Limits set by medical professionals in itself is wrong, every year they bring down the limits so that they get more clients to sell medicine. Except for triglycerides no need to control cholesterol levels.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Excess cholesterol can have bad effects on the body! Habeeb Akhter :)

Habeeb Akhter
Habeeb Akhter 5pts

Do not reduce cholesterol unnecessarily. Cholesterol is essential for good health and in production of harmones.

Pamala Chapman
Pamala Chapman 5pts

You do not want to reduce cholesterol . No no no

Lani Fay
Lani Fay 5pts

Michael Brull maybe you could check this out.

Trudy Masse Willette
Trudy Masse Willette 5pts

Garlic natural & fresh uncooked does all this & more! Also, usi g Coconut oil for cooking etc. Great resource!

Alphonsa Plackattu
Alphonsa Plackattu 5pts

Nammude nattile ilumbi puli, fish, fish curriyile ventha kudam puli etc, curry leaves freshly grind it to half a size of amla(nellikka) for 10 days in an empty stomach let at least half to 45 min before bkfst also reduce these conditions.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

M Siddique Afridi Thanks for those tips! (Y)

M Siddique Afridi
M Siddique Afridi 5pts

Olive leaves tea or thier extract is the best for blood pressure, lowering cholestrol and arthritis

Shinako Agogo
Shinako Agogo 5pts

Too busy laughing at the image of a pudgy man having his fat measured

Danielle Moyer
Danielle Moyer 5pts

Or u could do it naturally and just go vegan. Better for u and our planet.