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6 effective plants to fight cholesterol


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During a blood test to measure your level of good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL), you may have the unpleasant surprise of finding that the bad one may be too high. However, excess cholesterol should be closely monitored, as it is involved in many diseases with sometimes fatal outcomes. By promoting the development of atheroma plaques, cholesterolemia can promote cardiovascular disorders such as stroke or myocardial infarction, especially after 45 years. In addition to a healthy lifestyle (sport, healthy and balanced diet and smoking cessation) and your medical treatment (and if your doctor agrees), you can however rely on cholesterol-lowering plants.

Alternative medicine offers many very effective natural remedies in addition to conventional medical treatment. The consumption of red yeast rice is probably the most well-known natural remedy in this area. Nevertheless, in herbal tea or in the form of extracts, herbal medicine also offers solutions to regulate cholesterol gently, in particular by helping to maintain a correct cholesterol level and reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.

Here are medicinal plants against cholesterol

1) Garlic


Garlic contains sulfur compounds that reduce the concentration of cholesterol in plasma. In their study published in The Journal of Nutrition, American researchers had for example demonstrated that a daily consumption of ground dried garlic allowed a 7% reduction in cholesterol levels in patients with hypercholesterolemia.

2) The artichoke


In addition to being excellent for digestion, artichoke can also be useful against bad cholesterol. According to a study, artichoke leaf extract (to be purchased in pharmacies in capsule form) can both decrease bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. They are also very commonly used for the elimination of fat in the body as part of diets. Be aware that it is also possible to use the artichoke in herbal tea. To do this, infuse 10 g of fresh artichoke leaves in simmering water for 15 minutes and strain. Consume this beverage before each meal as a two-week cure.

3) Licorice


Consumed in too large quantities, it is not good for blood pressure. Still, it is a valuable help to reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood plasma. An Israeli study had calculated a 5% decrease in cholesterol in plasma when using a ground licorice, and this, in very minimal amounts (100 mg only).

4) Ginger


Although the action of ginger is less direct, scientific studies have already highlighted the fact that this rhizome reduces the progression of aortic atherosclerosis, of which hypercholesterolemia is one of the causes often highlighted.

5) Soy lecithin

Soy lecithin

Easy to find in capsule or capsule form in pharmacies, soy lecithin is a good alternative to red yeast rice. Several studies have indeed proven that lecithin is very effective in reducing cholesterol levels in humans with doses ranging from 1 to 54 mg / day. It allows the solubilization of fats in the blood (which therefore includes cholesterol). This prevents their deposit on the walls of the arteries.

6) Other plants against cholesterol and an herbal tea recipe

herbal tea

According to some researchers, turmeric would convert cholesterol into bile acids. It should be noted, however, that this effect has so far only been observed on rodents or hens and not on humans. Other plants are also often prized for their cholesterol-lowering power. This is the case of dandelion, fenugreek, basil or rosemary, very often consumed as an herbal tea. We can also rely on the olive tree, the boldo, the serpolet or the argan tree which are less well known.

You can also prepare your own herbal tea by mixing in equal parts argan tree, olive tree, dandelion and rosemary. You will then only have to take a teaspoon to infuse in hot water and drink two or three times a day. If the bitter taste of this infusion intolerates you, it is also possible to use morning and evening capsules with dandelion, rosemary and argan tree (or olive tree). Finally, it should also be noted that green tea (even more than red tea or white tea) is also known to fight against cholesterol. So, if you like this drink, do not deprive yourself!


Latest recommendations for users of cholesterol-lowering plants


Certainly, using the best of nature to take care of yourself, and especially your health is an excellent reflex. However, remember that plants alone are not intended to replace the drugs prescribed by your health professional. In addition, medical advice and information on possible contraindications of plants are essential before considering their use. This avoids possible side effects and interactions with your various ongoing treatments. If necessary, a naturopath or pharmacist such as the doctor can accompany you and advise you.

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