Herbal remedies for high cholesterol have been used in traditional natural medicine for centuries for heart and liver support.There are many ways to naturally support your body in its regulation of healthy levels of cholesterol:
- healthy lifestyle
- a balanced diet
- maintaining a healthy body weight
- herbal remedies
Cholesterol is made primarily by the liver from the cholesterol and saturated fats in food. It is a fatty substance (lipid) that circulates in the blood after production by the liver. It’s important to remember that cholesterol is produced by the body for a purpose. Cholesterol is not harmful as long as it’s within certain balanced limits, and in fact, performs a variety of vital functions such as, hormone synthesis, building and maintaining cell membranes, aiding in fat digestion, and producing Vitamin D, among many other things. There are two types of cholesterol – LDL (the so-called ‘bad’ form of cholesterol) and HDL (the ‘good’ form of cholesterol). The body has a natural mechanism to regulate these types of cholesterol, keeping the system in balance and harmony.
Popular pharmaceutical statin drugs for lowering cholesterol work by suppressing the symptoms, which can cause other problems as well as unpleasant side effects because the drugs are not designed to work with the body. Natural herbal medicine works to create balance in the body to support the health of the whole body system, as well as relieve ailments, and help prevent future disease.
Top Three Herbs Used for Lowering Cholesterol
- Red Yeast Rice is an ancient Chinese remedy which has been used for centuries to promote health and balance. It contains natural statins and has been shown to maintain cholesterol within normal ranges as well as supporting normal levels of fats in the bloodstream.
- Gugulipid comes from a small tree in regions of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh and has a long history of therapeutic use for support of systemic health, with special regards to HDL-cholesterol. The active compounds in gugulipid have been shown to have antioxidant effects in clinical trials.
- Rooibos has been used as a natural remedy for thousands of years by the indigenous people of the Western Cape of South Africa, which is the only place in the world where it grows. Rooibos contains a high level of minerals and nutrients which have been shown to benefit the maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels and keeping blood pressure within the normal range.
Research and experience has shown that a combination of herbal remedies, regular exercise and dietary changes can make a significant difference to LDL cholesterol levels and reduce or even eliminate the need for prescription statin drugs.
Herbs like Rooibos, Gugulipid and Red Yeast Rice are well-known herbal remedies for high cholesterol and are renowned for their beneficial effects of reducing levels of LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol and triglycerides, while increasing the levels of protective HDL cholesterol. With a few life-style changes and a little help from nature, cholesterol levels can be easily managed.
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