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What is Cholesterol ?

Home Remedies for cholestrolCholesterol is something we all have. This fat-like substance is found in every cell in your body and plays an important role in a variety of vital functions, including building and maintaining cell membranes, hormone synthesis, and the manufacturing of Vitamin D. However, the body naturally manufactures adequate amounts of cholesterol to sustain optimal body functioning and so any extra cholesterol added through our diet, is unnecessary and when levels become too high cholesterol becomes potentially dangerous. The body manufactures two types of cholesterol - LDL (which is seen as a bad form of cholesterol) and HDL (which is seen as a good form of cholesterol). When LDL levels are too high, fatty deposits, or plaque, can start to build up on the walls of your arteries, decreasing the amount of blood that can flow through them and putting you at greater risk of heart attacks, stroke, arteriosclerosis or coronary heart disease. Healthy levels of HDL will help to clean away cholesterol in the arteries before it has a chance to build up. In order to maintain healthy levels, we need to keep the LDL levels down and the HDL levels up. Being diagnosed with high cholesterol can be a scary thing and it is something that cannot be ignored. The good news is that cholesterol can be controlled and many people use this as an opportunity to make positive life-style changes.

Cholesterol Causes:

  1. Hypercholesterolaemia or increase in cholesterol is mostly a hereditary disorder
  2. It is also caused by taking rich foods and fried foods, which includes extreme consumption of milk and its foodstuffs like ghee, butter, and cream; white flour, pastries, biscuits, cheese, and ice cream; and non-vegetarian foodstuffs like meat, fish, and eggs.
  3. Other causes of increase in cholesterol are abnormality in habits, smoking and drinking alcohol.
  4. Strain has also been found to be a main cause of increased level of cholesterol

Cholesterol Symptoms:

  1. Fatigue,
  2. Loose stools
  3. Poor appetite
  4. Dizziness
  5. Pale face
  6. Sweating with little/no exertion
  7. Congestion of chest
  8. Palpitations of heart

Cholesterol Prevention:

  1. There are also two types of fat: saturated and unsaturated. Avoid foods that contain saturated fats because they will increase the levels of bad cholesterol in your blood. Foods high in saturated fat include meat, butter, cream,etc.
  2. Eating a small amount of unsaturated fat will increase the level of good cholesterol and help reduce any blockage in your arteries. Foods that are high in unsaturated fat include oily fish, nuts and seeds, sunflower and olive oil
  3. Eating a low-fat diet that includes lots of fibre, such as wholegrain rice, bread and pasta, and plenty of fruit and vegetables, has also been proven to help lower cholesterol. Fruit and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals and fibre and help keep your body in good condition.
  4. A chemical found in cigarettes called acrolein stops "good cholesterol" (HDL) from transporting the "bad cholesterol" (LDL) to the liver, leading to high cholesterol and narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis).
  5. Doing 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week is recommended to help lower your cholesterol. Being active and taking regular exercise will help to increase the levels of "good cholesterol" (HDL) in your body by stimulating the body to move the "bad cholesterol" (LDL) to the liver so that it can be broken down.

Cholesterol Home Remedies:

  1. Water: People suffering from high Cholesterol should drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water per day as it stimulates the activity of skin and kidneys thereby reducing excessive Cholesterol from the system.
  2. Curd: Regularly eating Curd helps in reducing bad Cholesterol.
  3. Onion: Finely chopped Onion pieces mixed with a cup of Buttermilk along with half spoon of Black pepper (Kali mirch) taken regularly helps in reducing bad Cholesterol level.
  4. Garlic: Regularly eating raw Garlic helps in reducing Cholesterol level.
  5. Fruits: Eat plenty of fruits with their skin as fruit skin contain pectin which is a soluble fiber that blinds Cholesterol.
  6. Coriander: Regular drinking of a decoction of Coriander (Dhania) seeds helps to stimulate kidneys and reduce Cholesterol level.
  7. Ginger: Consistently eating Ginger helps in reducing Cholesterol level as ginger helps in blood circulation and keeps liver healthy.
  8. Sweet neem: Chewing Sweet neem (Curry patta) or using them in cooking helps to reduce Cholesterol level.
  9. Fenu greek (Menthi): Its seeds or sprouts helps in reducing Cholesterol level.
  10. Soya flour, Barley, Oat: They are all helpful in reducing Cholesterol level.
   
   
   
   
 
 
 
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