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High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy, fatlike substance that your body needs to function normally. Cholesterol is naturally present in cell walls or membranes everywhere in the body, including the brain, nerves, muscles, skin, liver, intestines, and heart.
Cholesterol is used by your body to build healthy cells, as well as some vital hormones. If you have too much cholesterol in your bloodstream, the excess may be deposited in arteries, including the coronary (heart) arteries, where it contributes to the narrowing and blockages that cause the signs and symptoms of heart disease.

Cause :

Several drugs and diseases can bring about high cholesterol, but, for most people, a high-fat diet and inherited risk factors may be the main causes.

  • Heredity: Your genes influence how high your LDL (bad) cholesterol is by affecting how fast LDL is made and removed from the blood. 
  • Weight: Excess weight may modestly increase your LDL (bad) cholesterol level. 
  • Physical activity/exercise: Regular physical activity may lower triglycerides and raise HDL cholesterol levels.
  • Age and sex: Before menopause, women usually have lower total cholesterol levels than men of the same age. 
  • Alcohol use: Moderate (1-2 drinks daily) alcohol intake increases HDL (good) cholesterol but does not lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. Doctors don't know for certain whether alcohol also reduces the risk of heart disease. Drinking too much alcohol can damage the liver and heart muscle, lead to high blood pressure, and raise triglyceride levels. Because of the risks, alcoholic beverages should not be used as a way to prevent heart disease.
  • Mental stress: Stress raises blood cholesterol levels over the long term.

You're more likely to have high cholesterol that can lead to heart disease if you have any of these risk factors:

  • Smoking. Cigarette smoking damages the walls of your blood vessels, making them likely to accumulate fatty deposits. Smoking may also lower your level of HDL, or "good," cholesterol.
  • Obesity. Having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater puts you at risk of high cholesterol.
  • Poor diet. Foods that are high in cholesterol, such as red meat and full-fat dairy products, will increase your total cholesterol. Eating saturated fat, found in animal products, and trans fats, found in some commercially baked cookies and crackers, also can raise your numbers.
  • Lack of exercise. Exercise helps boost your body's HDL "good" cholesterol while lowering your LDL "bad"cholesterol. Not getting enough exercise puts you at risk of high cholesterol.
  • High blood pressure. Increased pressure on your artery walls damages your arteries, which can speed the accumulation of fatty deposits.
  • Diabetes. High blood sugar contributes to higher LDL cholesterol and lower HDL cholesterol. High blood sugar also damages the lining of your arteries.
  • Family history of heart disease. If a parent or sibling developed heart disease before age 55, high cholesterol levels place you at a greater than average risk of developing heart disease.

Symptoms of high cholesterol :

A high cholesterol level may only be revealed if you develop symptoms of heart disease. Sometimes, yellow patches (known as xanthomas) may develop around your eyes or elsewhere on your skin - these are cholesterol deposits and indicate that you have high cholesterol levels in your blood.

Herbs which is useful :

There are quite a few herbs that can be used when you are trying to deal with your cholesterol problems.

Guggulu (Commiphora mukul):


The major Guggul benefit can be figured out in terms of cholesterol and weight management. Regular intake of Guggul supplements is very effective for reducing weight and cholesterol levels in the human body. Guggul supplements has an ability to bring the blood Cholestrol to normal level. It also increases the liver metabolism for bringing bad cholestrol levels upto LDL ratio. Guggul works both on triglycredides and HDL and can reduce them approximately 25% and 20% respectively to bring the cholestrol to correct level. 

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Arjun chhal (Terminalia arjuna):  

The bark of arjun tree is useful as an anti-ischemic and cardioprotective agent in hypertension and ischemic heart diseases. It reduces the level of triglycerides and cholesterol and has been reported to enhance the synthesis of LDL-apoprotein (apoB); inhibits the oxidation of LDL and accelerates the turnover of LDL-cholesterol in liver. This enhances the elimination of cholesterol from the body. Arjun is usually available as a single herb or in combination with other herbs like Guggul and Amla for better effect. Arjun also reduces the effects of stress and nervousness on the heart and relieves hypertension (High blood pressure). 

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Lashun (Allium sativum) / Garlic :

Garlic has been widely studies for its cholesterol-lowering properties. Garlic emulsifies cholesterol and also loosens it from the walls of arteries. Besides lowering cholesterol levels, garlic also has a host of other benefits to the body it strengthens the immune system; is a natural antibiotic which fights infections and kills harmful bacteria throughout the body; has anti-inflammatory effects; reduces high blood pressure; alleviates gas and bloating; and is a general digestive aid. Garlic is also a powerful cancer fighter.
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Sonth (Zingiber officinale) / Ginger :

Ginger (adrak) makes the blood less sticky and has some cholesterol lowering ability. Ginger is an anti-oxidant therefore, it helps to reduce the inflammation of the tissues and cells of the body.

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Chai (Camellia senensis) / Green tea :

Drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol. The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

Diet: 

There may be hidden sources in your foods so pay particular attention to the nutrition labels on packaged foods.  

The easiest diet to lower cholesterol isn't even a diet. It's a change of emphasis from red meat and dairy products to fish, fruit and vegetables. You should probably aim to keep your total fat intake at no higher than 30%. You should also consider the type of fat you're consuming too. The various fat types all of different risk factors for things like heart disease and high cholesterol. Saturated fats come from meats and dairy. They're also usually present in take-out food. This type of fat is known to increase your blood cholesterol so try to reduce the amount you eat.

Life style: 

Apart from the food you eat, there are several other things you can change to help reduce your cholesterol level and make you healthier. If you smoke, try to give up. Stopping smoking can increase the amount of good cholesterol in your blood, which can lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke. It's also a good idea to avoid drinking lots of alcohol. However, drinking in moderation is unlikely to do most people any harm. Exercise doesn't help to get rid of cholesterol exactly, but it does reduce the amount of other harmful fats in your blood. Exercise can also make you healthier in general. So, if your doctor thinks you may be at risk of a heart attack or stroke, he or she may recommend that you take more exercise. Exercise can also help you stay at a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk of having high cholesterol.


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