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

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Is Cholesterol Important For The Body?

The simple answer is YES.

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

*Human milk supplies an infant almost 6 times the amount of cholesterol consumed by an average adult from his diet. Also, 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 breastfed children grow up as adults with a lower cholesterol level.

Cholesterol is 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 fibres.

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

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 an 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, the LDL molecule has less protein and more 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 CholesterolCategory 

 

 

 

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

Walking - the best exercise

Walking - the best exercise

Reduce alcohol consumption

Reduce alcohol consumption

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 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 of 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 juice 1 tsp can be added for more benefit.
  • Consume 1/2 cup of oatmeal daily.
  • Consume brown rice. The high fibre 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 ( Tinospora 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 flavouring 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 the 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.

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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.

Some of my other hubs on Various Health Conditions

Dr. Mercola on Cholesterol Truths (Part 1 of 2)

Dr. Mercola on Cholesterol Truths (Part 2 of 2)

How To Reduce Cholesterol Naturally-A Novel Way

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 22, 2016:

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

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 19, 2016:

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.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 04, 2016:

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

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

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 30, 2015:

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!

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on December 29, 2015:

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.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 09, 2013:

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.

Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on May 09, 2013:

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.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 28, 2013:

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

vandynegl from Ohio Valley on April 28, 2013:

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.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 28, 2013:

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.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on April 28, 2013:

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.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 22, 2012:

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

Suelynn from Manitoba, Canada on December 22, 2012:

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!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 10, 2012:

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

frogyfish from Central United States of America on August 10, 2012:

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.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 12, 2012:

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.

Karen Hellier from Georgia on June 12, 2012:

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.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 01, 2012:

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

Venugopaal from India on May 01, 2012:

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

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 27, 2012:

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

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 27, 2012:

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

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 25, 2012:

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.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on April 25, 2012:

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.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 25, 2012:

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.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on April 25, 2012:

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.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 24, 2012:

@ 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.

whonunuwho from United States on April 24, 2012:

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

JCielo from England on April 24, 2012:

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!!!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 24, 2012:

Ruchira, thanks for reading and sharing. Much appreciated.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 24, 2012:

sandra, thanks for reading and appreciating.

Ruchira from United States on April 24, 2012:

Excellent hub, Rajan.

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

Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on April 24, 2012:

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