There are many home herbal remedies for lowering cholesterol. But it is essential then before you take to any herbal products for heart diseases, or add supplements to your diet, talk to your doctor. There are few herbs which have proved to be helpful in lowering cholesterol in scientific studies, which leads to a healthy heart. To avoid potential dangerous side effects it is advisable that you discuss it with your doctor before adding any to your diet.
Some of the best herbal supplements for lowering cholesterol are:
Fresh squeezed orange juice can lower cholesterol. Drinking a glass of orange juice a daily can surprisingly increase HDL levels and lower LDL/HDL ratio.
Omega-3 Fatty Acid
For people who eat fish, it is the best option available to increase Omega-3s, which is helpful in lowering cholesterol. The best ones are mackerel, tuna and salmon, all very high in omega-3s. Sardines are great sources, too. If you don’t like fish, then take fish-oil supplement that contains both EPA and SHA (two types of omega-3 fatty acids). Take 1,000 mg twice a day. And if you like clams, have some. Clams are high in sterols that prevent body from absorbing cholesterol.
For the vegetarians, flaxseeds are great sources of omega-3s fats. Add powdered flaxseeds to yogurt, salad or cereal. Studies say, eating 2 tbs of flaxseed daily cut LDL cholesterol by 18%.
Oatmeal is a rich source of soluble fibre, which forms gel in our intestine to reduce body’s absorption of the fat we eat. Eating 1-1/2 cups a day could lower LDL 12% to 24%. Avoid eating instant oatmeal, choose quick cooking ones.
Other good sources of soluble fibre include prunes, barley, beans (legumes), eggplant and okra. Psyllium, found in dietary fibre supplements shows that taking about 10 gm a day for 8 weeks can reduce LDL by 7%.
A Glass of Red Wine
Alcohol-no in general raises HDL levels, no matter what it is. To help you reduce your cholesterol moderate amount of red wine is advisable. That is one glass a day for a woman, and two glasses a day for a man. If this increase then it is ought to do damage to your body. Red wine offers powerful antioxidants that come from the black grape skin.
Regular Work Out
Being active is of prime importance. Sitting ideal does our body more harm than anything else in the world. We need to at least do some work out for minimum 30 min a day to keep ourselves and our hearts fit. Brisk walking, nature walks, slow running are some of the best cardio activities for a healthy heart. Studies say regular physical activities improve the ratio of HDLs to LDLs, decreasing overall risk of heart disease and stroke. It also helps in controlling diabetes and high blood pressure, risk factors for heart disease.
Other herbal products include: Garlic, guggulipid, fenugreek seeds and leaves, artichoke leaf extract, yarrow, and holy basil all may help lower cholesterol. Even herbs and spices like – ginger, turmeric, and rosemary are being researched for their potential benefits for a healthy heart.