The term cholesterol scares the most of us, without realizing that it is one of the essential nutrients to keep our mind and body healthy. However, an increase in bad cholestrol can increase the risk of heart disease.
Cholesterol is not a bad term, in fact it is essential for the basic functioning of the body. However, you also get extra cholesterol from fatty foods that you consume. There are two types of cholesterols, the good and the bad. While the good one is necessary for your body to function normally, bad cholesterol is something that you should be aware of. When you have bad cholesterol in your body, it starts building up in your arteries. The bad cholesterol or LDL is bad for you in many ways. Here are some natural remedies to control your cholesterol and tips to reduce bad cholesterol in your bloodstream.
Oats are traditional food known to reduce bad cholesterol in the body. Oats contain soluble fibers which hinder the absorption of LDL in body and hence reduce its levels naturally. Mix oats in your homemade granola bar or have a bowl at breakfast. Eating just one cup of oats a day can help people with high cholesterol levels. So your favourite morning breakfast can also be one of the best home remedies for high cholesterol.
Apple cider vinegar
The magic ingredient which is in news as a solution for a number of ailments, it is also effective at reducing the levels of bad cholesterol in your body. Given that most of us are not a fan of the taste, mixing it with your favourite fruit juice can greatly improve the taste.
Amla or Indian gooseberry
Amla is one common ingredient in many of the Ayurvedic preparations and not without a reason. Amla is the only food source which retains its high Vitamin C concentrations even after being cooked or burnt, it has plenty of powerful antioxidants which help with cholesterol management. Taking Indian gooseberry powder mixed with a tablespoon of honey with warm water can help reduce bad cholesterol.
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Another common kitchen ingredient and yet highly effective in cholesterol management. Raw garlic has high concentrations of allicin, a sulfur containing compound which aids in lowering bad cholesterol in body. If you want to use garlic for cholesterol reduction, raw garlic is your best bet.
Grate fresh garlic as a seasoning on your soups, salads or bread or take a pod of garlic with water. The downside to this remedy is garlic breath, which can be reduced by sucking on to a lemon wedge or drinking peppermint tea. So get some garlic when you visit the local store the next time for your natural high cholesterol treatment.
Turmeric is a staple spice in Indian kitchen, which also becomes a part of the first aid kit in case of injuries, due to its antiseptic properties. However turmeric also has another great benefit, it can cut down the plaque or cholesterol deposits on the walls of your arteries. Add turmeric as a spice to your curries or drink the traditional turmeric milk before sleeping to add this amazing ingredient in your diet.
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