Have High Blood Cholesterol? Control It Naturally With These Home Remedies

Is Cholesterol Important For The Body?

The simple answer is YES.

We know that all of us have cholesterol in our body. Even mother's milk has it since it is needed by infants, even more.

*Human milk supplies an infant almost 6 times the amount of cholesterol consumed by an average adult from his diet. Also the breast milk is very high in fat content. This seems quite a paradox when we have been brainwashed into thinking that high levels of cholesterol are bad.

These high levels of cholesterol are needed by the infant and young children for their growth and development. Studies have shown that breast fed children grow up as adults with a lower cholesterol level.

Cholesterol is a fat and is constantly being produced by the body, in the liver.

  • It is needed to build all cells and maintain them.
  • It is a constituent of all cell membranes and the permeability of the cell membranes is dependent on the presence of cholesterol.

It performs many important functions :

  • It is required for the production of hormones produced by the sex glands.
  • It is needed in the production of bile.
  • It converts sunlight into Vitamin D.
  • It is needed for the metabolism of the fat soluble vitamins.
  • It acts as an insulation for the nerve fibers.

Reference:
*Jensen RG. Lipids in Human Milk. Lipids 1999;34:1243-1271.

Source

What Is High Blood Cholesterol

Cholesterol per se is not a problem. The problem arises when cholesterol levels become high - the LDL cholesterol levels, become high. Rather, the LDL/HDL ratio and the total cholesterol go up. The increased cholesterol levels lead to increase in heart diseases and can trigger a heart attack.

About 85% of the cholesterol in our blood is produced in our body. The rest about 15% comes from what we eat.

Cholesterol is transported by the protein molecules when both combine to form a lipoprotein molecule which is then transported via the blood. The density of the lipoprotein is determined by the amount of protein in this molecule. So, LDL molecule has less protein and more of fat (cholesterol) as compared to HDL.

When the cell does not need more cholesterol for its chemical processes the LDL levels rise in the blood and start depositing on the arterial walls resulting in a reduction of the arterial core.

The HDL molecule removes this excess cholesterol and takes it to the liver for breakdown and disposal. When the HDL Cholesterol level goes down and the LDL cholesterol level goes up, it becomes a cause for probable health issues.


Some Figures For Cholesterol

LDL Cholesterol
Category
 
 
 
 
Less than 100 mg/dL
Optimal
 
100-129 mg/dL
Near Opimal-Above Optimal
 
130-159 mg/dL
Borderline -High
 
160-189 mg/dL
High
 
190 mg/dL and above
Very High
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
HDL Cholesterol
Category
Risk Factor
 
 
For Heart Disease
Less than 40 mg/dL
Low
High
40-59 mg/dL
Normal
Normal
60 mg/dL and above
High
Low
 
 
 
Total Cholesterol
Category
 
Less than 200 mg/dL
Desirable
 
200-239 mg/dl
Borderline-High
 
240 mg/dL and above
High
 
 
 
 
LDL/HDL Ratio
Category
 
 
 
 
Under 3
Desirable
 
3 to 5
Borderline
 
Above 5
High
 
 
 
 
Total cholesterol/HDL Ratio
Category
 
 
 
 
Below 4.5
Desirable
 
4.5-5.5
Borderline
 
Over 5.5
High
 
 
 
 
Triglycerides
Category
 
 
 
 
150-199 mg/dL
Borderline-High
 
200 mg/dL and above
High
 
Avoid Junk Food. It raises cholesterol
Avoid Junk Food. It raises cholesterol | Source
Walking - the best exercise
Walking - the best exercise | Source
Reduce fat
Reduce fat | Source
Reduce alcohol consumption
Reduce alcohol consumption | Source
Stop smoking
Stop smoking | Source

Factors Affecting Cholesterol Levels



  • HEREDITY

Some persons have a family history of having high cholesterol, in successive generations.

  • DIET

A high fat diet especially rich in saturated fats and cholesterol usually coming from eating meat and animal products.

Avoid junk food.

  • PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Being physically active raises HDL and lowers LDL levels.

  • AGE & SEX

Women post menopause, and men as they age find their cholesterol levels go up.

  • STRESS LEVELS

Increase in stress levels 2 hormones, cortisol and adrenaline are produced. These raise the production of cholesterol. Cortisol produces more sugar to tackle stress but most of it lies unused and is converted to cholesterol.

Also, under stress one tends to eat a lot of fatty foods like chocolates and sweets and take drinks and smoke.

  • BLOOD SUGAR

Excess blood sugar raises LDL in blood. Also, foods that have a high glycemic (GI) index raise blood sugar levels faster as they are digested faster. To counter this sugary surge, excess insulin is produced.
This excess insulin raises LDL cholesterol levels.

  • BODY WEIGHT

Being overweight increases the tendency to have a high LDL cholesterol level. Reduction in weight causes a lowering of LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels and increase in HDL cholesterol levels.

  • ALCOHOL

Indulging in too much of alcohol causes liver and heart damage resulting in high BP and triglycerides levels.

  • MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Some physical conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure increase the risk for developing high cholesterol.
Both damage the arterial walls rendering them more susceptible to cholesterol deposits.

  • SMOKING

Smoking also damages the artery walls and causes deposition of cholesterol on the walls. Simultaneously, it reduces the HDL so that these LDL depositions cannot be removed and taken away for excretion thus causing the deposits to increase.




Dont's

  • Stop excessive alcohol consumption. Best to refrain from drinking.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid red meat and eggs.
  • Do not consume bakery & fried foods.
  • No processed foods.
  • No processed fruit juices. Only consume fresh juice.
  • No dairy products.
  • Forego carbonated drinks.
  • Take sugar in moderation.
  • No saturated fat & trans fat.
    Do not use hydrogenated oils.

Do's

  • Get enough sleep.
  • Avoid taking undue stress.
  • If you are overweight get rid of the excess weight.
  • Choose healthy fat.
    Use Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for cooking or Olive oil for non cooking use.*
  • Indulge in regular physical activity and do yogasanas & pranayama.
  • Consume fresh fruits & raw vegetables.
  • Chicken and fish can be consumed. Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids like herrings, mackerel, sardines, salmon etc should be consumed.

*Extra Virgin Coconut oil is high in saturated fats but these fatty acids (50% of it is lauric acid) are medium chain fatty acids which are not circulated in the blood but go straight to the liver and are converted into instant energy for the body. For more info read my article here : http://rajanjolly.hubpages.com/hub/Health-Benefits-Of-Coconut


Some Natural & Home Remedies To Reduce Cholesterol

  • Mix 1 tsp of roasted chicory root powder, 1 tsp of lime flowers, 1/2 tsp of fenugreek seeds, 1/2 tsp of ginger powder in 250 ml water.
    Boil, cool & strain. Take 2 cups daily.
  • Eat 2-3 cloves of raw garlic daily first thing in the morning on empty stomach. Garlic lowers LDL and raises HDL cholesterol.
  • Take 1 tsp honey in 1 cup hot water early in the morning. Lime jice 1 tsp can be added for more benefit.
  • Consume 1/2 cup of oatmeal daily.
  • Consume brown rice. The high fiber content helps in reducing cholesterol.
  • Soya bean reduces LDL and also reduces the rigidity of the arteries. Take 25-50 gms soya bean daily.
  • Snack on some almonds and walnuts daily. Just don't overdo it since they are rich in fats/calories
  • Consume alfalfa sprouts.
  • Eat Carrots & Apples. They contain pectin which lowers cholesterol.
  • Consume beets. The carotenoids & flavonoids lower LDL.
  • Rhubarb - Eat after a meal that is rich in fats.
  • Turmeric - Add a little in your cooking. It lowers LDL & triglycerides.
  • Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water to keep the system flushed.
  • Consume onions or onion juice. It helps to reduce cholesterol, remove toxins and regulate the heart.
  • Coriander - Drink coriander water regularly to stimulate the kidneys.
    To make this water, boil 2 tsp coriander seeds in 200 ml of water. Cool, strain and drink 3 times a day.
  • Cinnamon - Boil 10 pieces of 1" cinnamon sticks in 5 cups of water. Strain. Add 1 tsp honey to it and drink.
  • Drink Green tea - The polyphenols do not allow the cholesterol to be absorbed in the small intestine.
  • Drink Cranberry juice. It is found to reduce total and LDL cholesterol.
  • Cinnamon oil - It raises HDL and lowers triglycerides.
    Add 1 tsp to a pot of coffee.
  • Noni juice (Morinda citrifolia) - It lowers triglycerides, LDL and total cholesterol.
  • Use Cayenne pepper or red pepper. It contains capsaicin which prevents cholesterol build up.
  • Use alfalfa & fenugreek seeds as sprouts. They contain saponins which bind to cholesterol and prevent its absorption.
  • Fenugreek seeds - You can soak the seeds 1 tsp in water overnight. In the morning remove the water and gulp down the seeds with water.
  • Guduchi powder or Giloy ( Tinosporia cordifolia) - Take 3 gms of guduchi powder and a little black pepper powder with water twice a day.
  • A cholesterol balancing spice mixture is given below :

    3 tsp turmeric powder
    6 tsp cumin powder
    6 tsp coriander powder
    6 tsp fennel seed powder
    2 tsp fenugreek seeds powder
    1 tsp ginger powder
    1 tsp black pepper powder

    Use 1 tsp of this spice mixture for flavoring food or while preparing a meal with vegetables.
  • Sweet Limes (Citrus limetta or Mosambi in India) - Regular consumption of sweet limes makes the arteries soft and elastic, removes plaque deposits and give strength to the capillaries and the blood vessels.
  • Chromium is extremely important in the synthesis of cholesterol & fat. Take 400 mg daily to raise HDL/LDL ratio.
  • Take Vitamin C with bioflavonoids to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides. 4000 mg/day.
  • Take lecithin 1 tsp after every meal.
  • Orange oil & lemon oil have been found to dissolve grease (oil). Take a pill of either and a pill of fish oil and one pill of psyllium husk.
  • Consume 2-3 tsp olive oil daily.
  • Mix 2 tbsp of raw Apple cider vinegar and 2 tsp honey in 250 ml water. Drink once daily.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime or practice.

This article is for health information purposes only.

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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

As always, I love your hubs on Ayurveda. Thanks for SHARING.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Excellent hub, Rajan.

I have fwded the link to my friend...many thanks!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

sandra, thanks for reading and appreciating.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Ruchira, thanks for reading and sharing. Much appreciated.


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JCielo 4 years ago from England

Really informative hub Rajan. Great timing...I've just discovered that my cholesterol is a wee bit high so I've just started doing some research on the subject to get it down naturally. And here you've done it for me!!!


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

A very good and informative hub that may prevent diabetes and related health problems. Thanks for this great hub.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ John - Well, I hope this hub has some natural remedy you are looking for! The spice mixture that is given here is the one we use in India.

Thanks for giving this hub a read and appreciate your nice comments.

Wishing you good health.

@ whoniniwho - thanks for stopping by. Much appreciated.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Wow! What a fantastic Hub on the subject of cholesterol. You did a lot of research for this one. When I was a lab tech, I could tell by looking at a tube of blood that had clotted if the cholesterol was going to be high. The fatty substance in the blood will rise to the top of the blood and is very apparent. I voted this Hub UP, etc.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

mary, I'm so glad to be appreciated from a lab technician. Yes it required quite a bit of research and to make it simple to understand for a reader not into the sciences was tougher. Seems the effort has not been in vain.

I appreciate your stopping by to read and leave such heartening comments.

Thanks for the votes et all.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I do have high cholesterol and am taking medication for it. I think I'll try some of your more natural remedies, especially the garlic, which is a favorite food of mine. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Aurelio, garlic is wonderful in removing cholesterol from the arteries too and also prevents their hardening. Whenever one consumes a lot of oily & fried food, it is best to eat a clove or two immediately after food. This helps controlling the cholesterol deposition.

Thanks for reading and voting.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Very useful and informative. Voted up. Great points and remedies.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Vellur, thanks for reading, appreciating and voting. Much appreciated.


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naimishika 4 years ago from India

Sir, You did it well. It is quite amazing. All details in one hub. Tussi Great Ho.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

naimishikha, happy to note that you found the hub informational and detailed. Thanks for reading and leaving your comments.


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Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

Very interesting hub. I do have high cholesterol, and am trying to lower it by getting more exercise, but will also add cranberry juice and green tea to my plan! Thanks for the great information. Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi Karen. I'm sure regular consumption of cranberry juice and green tea along with other tips & diet modification will help to lower the high cholesterol.

Glad you found the information of practical use. Thanks for stopping by and voting.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

Informative and interesting. And your tangerine ice cubes sounds like a delicious way to assist the body in lowering cholesterol. Thank you for sharing your insights.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Good to know you like the information, frogyfish. Appreciate your visit and comments.


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Suelynn 3 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

Wow, a wealth of information here, rajan jolly! I thought that coconut and its oil was a contributor of high cholesterol. I found your information about making good stuff extremely helpful. A most comprehensive and interesting hub, great job!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Suelynn, I'm glad you like the information given here. Thanks for appreciating.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Rajan,

I'm so happy that I finally read this awesome hub of yours. I just saw my doctor yesterday and found out through blood work that my cholesterol was high. In addition to what she told me to d0 - lose weight, more exercise, and eat less fried and starchy foods- I find your remedies of eating garlic and drinking honey water in the morning very interesting. I will definitely be doing this. Voted up as awesome and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and tweeting.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

I hope you find these remedies complement whatever treatment or regimen you are following, Paul. Thanks for showering so many kind words and sharing of the hub. Much appreciated.


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vandynegl 3 years ago from Ohio Valley

Super information! I like that you offer so many different alternatives! Also, thank you for posting the sugar/cholesterol connection. Many people do not know this.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks, vandynegl. I'm glad you like the information. Thanks for stopping by.


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SidKemp 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

Thank you, rajan. These are all excellent ideas. There is an even simpler way to start reducing cholesterol: Drink enough water! The best approach is 8 glasses a day, sipped slowly, with a little lime or lemon on the citrus-skin ice cubes in your video - those look great. If you make sure you get enough calcium (one pill a day), then do this, there are many benefits, including lower cholesterol.

By the way, american readers call a "sweet lime" an orange! Voted up, awesome, and useful.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Sid, drinking enough or at least 8 glasses of water is a basic norm that all of us should adhere to. Unfortunately, not everyone of us does it. I appreciate your useful comments. Thanks for sparing time to read and share your views. Appreciate the votes.


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Daisy Mariposa 11 months ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Rajan,

Thanks for all the work you did researching the information for, and writing, this informative article. I frequently eat oatmeal for breakfast, and we always have bottles of iced tea made with green tea in our refrigerator.


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ChitrangadaSharan 11 months ago from New Delhi, India

Excellent hub with detailed information in an easy to understand manner. I am familiar with most of the suggestions but some of the points are new to my knowledge. I would be following that too. As it is rightly said, Prevention is better than cure.

Thank you for sharing this well researched hub!


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rajan jolly 11 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@Daisy Mariposa, that is great to know. Thanks for stopping by.

@ChitragandhaSharan, thank you. Appreciate your dropping by and commenting.


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PegCole17 10 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Thanks for these important tips on cholesterol and how to reduce the levels in the body. I need to incorporate some of these into my diet.


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rajan jolly 10 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

PegCole, they will surely benefit you. Thanks for stopping by.

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