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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Herbs To Help Manage Cholesterol

Question : I'm a woman aged 43. Recently, my total cholesterol was detected as 6.37 mmol/L. I have no other condition except a family history with hypertension. What should I take to lower my cholesterol level?

Answer : A high total cholesterol reading is from 6.21 mmol/L and higher. High cholesterol can be controlled by taking guggulipid, which helps lower serum LDL cholesterol and triglycerides levels and increase HDL-cholesterol levels, provided you are consistently taking the right dosage, which may be six to eight capsules a day in your case. Guggulipid is an Indian herb which contains guggulsterone E and Z. They help reduce LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol and triglycerides levels and increase HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol levels.

The herbs milk thistle and dandelion can help in high cholesterol problems as they increase the flow of bile. When these bile salts are bound by soluble fibres, your body will need to manufacture more bile salts from the cholesterol in the blood, thereby lowering the cholesterol. As the liver plays a role in regulating the metabolism of fat, taking milk thistle and dandelion will help improve liver function, thus normalising the triglycerides level. You should eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, and less red meat. Oats, apples and carrots contain water soluble fibres that help to regulate the blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Vitamins like A, C, E and zinc can be used to improve the integrity of the blood vessel walls. Clinical evidence also points to these nutrients being the key to help prevent fats within the blood from oxidising and causing damage to the arteries.

by Anonymous


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