Lower Cholesterol (Home Remedies)

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Your body needs a certain amount of cholesterol to function properly. However, high overall levels or an unhealthy ratio of low-density lipoprotein — the so-called bad cholesterol — to high-density lipoprotein can significantly increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. Multiple prescription drugs can bring down cholesterol levels, but some tried-and-true home remedies can also be effective. Talk to your doctor before beginning any regimen of self-treatment.

  • Aim for no more than 300 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol a day — or less than 200 mg if you have heart disease. The most concentrated sources of cholesterol include organ meats, egg yolks and whole milk products. Use lean cuts of meat, egg substitutes and skim milk instead.
  • Various nutrients found in whole grains promote heart health. Choose whole-grain breads, whole-wheat pasta, whole-wheat flour and brown rice. Oatmeal and oat bran are other good choices.
  • Fruits and vegetables are rich in dietary fiber, which can help lower cholesterol. Snack on seasonal fruits. Experiment with vegetable-based casseroles, soups and stir-fries.
  • Some types of fish — such as cod, tuna and halibut — have less total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol than do meat and poultry. Salmon, mackerel and herring are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help promote heart health.
  • Moderate use of alcohol may increase your levels of HDL cholesterol — but the benefits aren’t strong enough to recommend alcohol for anyone who doesn’t drink already. If you choose to drink, do so in moderation. This means no more than one drink a day for women and one to two drinks a day for men.
  • The best home remedy to cure a person with high cholesterol is to have at least 8-10 glasses of water per day.
  • Immerse 2 tablespoons of coriander seeds in a glass of water. Boil the concoction and allow it to cool. Strain the water and have it three times a day.
  • Take 10 pieces of cinnamon sticks and put them in a pot containing 5 teacups of water. Boil the water and then add a tablespoon of honey to it. Drink this concoction when it’s warm.
  • In a glassful of milk, add a piece of garlic and boil it. Allow it to cool before drinking. Consume this for a few days. Not only would it reduce cholesterol, but also take care of the cardiac pains.
  • Alternatively, a person who has problems of high cholesterol can also have 2-3 cloves of garlic per day.
  • Mix 10-12 tablespoons of apple juice and 5-6 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Intake this mixture once a day.
  • Consuming raw onions or onion juice is also beneficial in reducing the high cholesterol.
  • Regular exercising is very necessary to keep the cholesterol levels under control.
  • In green leafy salads, mix a small amount of olive oil. It proves beneficial lessening the high cholesterol levels as well as for the proper functioning of the heart and the body.
  • Persons suffering from high cholesterol should have foods rich in fiber such as raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, broccoli, green beans, etc.
  • Consume lots of almonds and walnuts. These are helpful in reducing the cholesterol levels.
  • Chewing sweet neem is also beneficial in lowering the high cholesterol levels.
  • Having fenugreek seeds and sprouts helps to reduce the high cholesterol levels.
  • Persons suffering from high cholesterol levels should have a small bowl of curd everyday. Curd acts favorably in reducing the cholesterol levels.
  • Another effective natural remedy to treat high cholesterol levels would be to have foods rich in lecithin such as egg yolk, vegetable oils, whole grain cereals, soybeans and un-pasteurized milk.
  • It is advisable to have food prepared from sunflower seeds instead of butter and saturated oil. This is highly beneficial in regulating the cholesterol levels.

 

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