Home Medications and Cures for Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a fat-related substance that is a normal part of most body tissues. It is produced in the liver. However, about twenty to thirty percent generally comes from the foods we eat. Although it is essential to life, it has a bad reputation, being a major villain in heart disease. Too much cholesterol, however, is a risk for heart disease. Every person with high blood cholesterol is regarded as a potential candidate for heart attack or a stroke. Most of the cholesterol found in the body is produced in the liver.
High cholesterol doesn’t have any symptoms. The only way to know if you have high cholesterol is to have it checked, which can be done with a simple blood test, called a fasting lipoprotein profile. There are two main types of lipoproteins: a low density one (LDL) and a high density one (HDL). The low density lipoprotein is the one which is considered harmful and is associated with cholesterol deposit in blood vessels. The higher the ratio of LDL to the total cholesterol, the greater will be the risk of arterial damage and heart disease. HDL, on the other hand, plays a salutary role by helping remove cholesterol from circulation and thereby reducing the risk of heart disease.
Several drugs and diseases can cause high cholesterol; however, for many people, a high-fat diet and inherited metabolic factors seem to be the main causes. It is also caused by taking rich foods and fried foods; excessive consumption of milk and its products like ghee, butter, and cream; white flour, sugar, cakes, pastries, biscuits, cheese, and ice cream; and non-vegetarian foods like meat, fish, and eggs. Other causes of increase in cholesterol are irregularity in habits, smoking, and drinking alcohol. Stress has also been found to be a major cause of increased level of cholesterol.
Home Remedy with Lecithin:
Lecithin, also a fatty food substance and the most abundant of the phospholipids, is beneficial in case of increase in cholesterol level. It has the ability to break up cholesterol into small particles which can be easily handled by the system. With sufficient intake of lecithin, cholesterol cannot build up against the walls of the arteries and veins. Lecithin also increases the production of bile acids made from cholesterol, thereby reducing its amount in the blood. Egg yolk, vegetable oils, wholegrain cereals, Soya beans, and unpasturised milk are rich sources of lecithin. The cells of the body are also capable of synthesizing it as needed, if several of the B vitamins are present.
Home Remedy with Vitamins:
Vitamins B6, choline, and inositol are particularly effective in reducing the level of blood cholesterol. Wheat gram, yeast, or vitamin B extracted from bran contain high quantities of these vitamins. Vitamin E also elevates blood lecithin and reduces cholesterol.
The patient should take liberal quantities of vitamin E-rich foods such as sunflower seeds, safflower, Soya bean oils, butter, and sprouted seeds and grains.
Treatment using Coriander Seeds:
Regular drinking of a decoction of coriander seeds helps lower blood cholesterol. It is a good diuretic and helps stimulate the kidneys. It is prepared by boiling two tablespoons of dry seeds in a glass of water, and straining the decoction after cooling. This decoction should be taken twice daily.
Treatment using Fiber:
The amount of fiber in the diet also influences the cholesterol levels and LDL cholesterol can be lowered by taking diets rich in fibers. The most significant sources of dietary fiber are unprocessed wheat bran, whole cereals such as wheat, rice, barley, rye; legumes such as potatoes, carrots, beet, and turnips; fruits such as mangoes and guavas; and leafy vegetables such as cabbage, lady's fingers, lettuce, and celery. Oat bran and corn bran are specially beneficial in lowering LDL cholesterol.
DIET TO HELP REDUCE CHOLESTEROL:
1. If you are overweight, it is important to get on a sensible diet. Obesity greatly contributes to elevated cholesterol levels. For more information, refer to the article on obesity and weight loss.
2. Omega-3 oils, such as flaxseed and fish oils, reduce cholesterol and boost HDL levels. Take at least 1 to 2 tablespoons or 3 capsules per day.
3. Include at least 3 servings or more of fruits and vegetables per day in your diet.
4. Include beans such as pinto, navy, and kidney beans in your diet on a regular basis.
5. A fiber supplement of psyllium seeds, oat bran, or pectin will bind to cholesterol so it can be excreted. This decreases LDL levels while increasing HDL. Take 1 tablespoon of the supplement at night just before bedtime, in a cup of water.
6. Eliminate or greatly reduce animal fat in your diet. This includes fatty meat, organ foods such as liver, eggs, cheese, milk, butter, sour cream, and other dairy products.
7. Alcohol and sugar intake also need to be kept to a minimum or avoided altogether because these turn into fats in the body.
8. Avoid eating large portions of grains.