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High Cholesterol - Causes And Home Remedies

Author : Dr Easton Patrick

Cholesterol may be defined as a waxy fat or lipid produced by the liver. It is essential for assisting normal body functioning. Cholesterol forms the outer layer or membrane of body cells. It determines cell membrane permeability. It is essential for the metabolisms of certain fat soluble vitamins like A, D, K and E. Cholesterol also assists the production of bile, production of hormones secreted by the adrenal glands and even the production of sex hormones. Cholesterol is of the following three types:

1. LDL, also often known as bad cholesterol, is required for transporting cholesterol from liver to cells. But if excess LDL is produced, it may collect in blood, heightening the risk of life-threatening arterial diseases.

2. HDL, also often known as good cholesterol, takes cholesterol from body cells back to liver. HDL reduces the risk of arterial diseases.

3. Triglycerides are a chemical form of body fat. Triglycerides in combination with cholesterol constitutes the plasma lipid or blood fat. A part of our calorie consumption goes unused by our body tissues. That part is converted to triglycerides and stored in body cells, and is used to supply energy to the body only in times of starvation.

People with cholesterol readings beyond 6mmol/liter are said to have high cholesterol. The normal average level approved by the medical fraternity is less than 5mmo/liter. High cholesterol increases the risk of serious health hazards like atherosclerosis or narrowing of arteries, coronary heart disease, heart attack, angina or chest pain, and stroke. People with high cholesterol may have symptoms like leg pain while exercising, thick yellowish patches under eyes, headache, dizziness, much sweating, breathing trouble etc. The causes of high levels of cholesterol in blood may be listed as follows:

1. Consumption of high amounts of saturated fat.

2. Inactivity

3. Smoking

4. Alcohol intake

5. Heredity

6. Early menopause

7. Obesity

8. Stress

9. Aging

10. Medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, renal diseases, hypothyroidism, liver diseases etc.

Home Remedies for High Cholesterol

1. Prepare an infusion by boiling 2 tablespoon coriander seeds in a glass of water. Let it cool, then strain and drink the water thrice a day. This lowers cholesterol levels.

2. Consume almonds and walnuts in plenty. It is a good cholesterol remedy.

3. Consume soy products or compounds as much as you can. They help in regulating cholesterol levels in our body.

4. Eating sunflower seeds is a way to treat high levels of cholesterol.

5. Taking cold hip baths for 10-20 minutes each day is a proven cholesterol remedy.

6. Consume 1 clove garlic a day. This reduces cholesterol.

7. Boil 8-10 pieces of cinnamon in 5 cups of water. Add a teaspoon of honey to sweeten and drink the solution when it is hot. This is an effective home remedy for high cholesterol.

8. Take onion juice regularly. It immensely lowers cholesterol.

9. Drink a glass full of grape juice regularly. It keeps cholesterol under check.

10. Consume 2 carrots a day. Carrot prevents cholesterol levels from soaring.

11. Prepare a health drink by mixing 10-12 tablespoons of apple juice and 8-10 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and half glass water. It reduces cholesterol effectively.

12. Soak 2 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water and keep overnight. Strain the mixture and drink in empty stomach the next morning. This is a useful cure for high cholesterol.

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