Herbs to Lower Cholesterol
Did you know that there are herbs to lower cholesterol, as well as low cholesterol food. One of the
things that I find so wonderful about herbs is that they are there to help us gently
take care of the problems which continually sneak up on us.
Some of these herbs are gentle nourishing herbs which, when taken regularly, will
improve our health overall. Herbs that gradually improve our general body health
are called "Alterative" herbs. They are wonderful herbs to know.
Other herbs which are pungent and spicy, as well as vasiodilators which dilate
constricted blood vessels can help us with this quest of lowering cholesterol.
Some herbs to lower cholesterol are:
Elecampane (Iinula helenium). An herb which is used internally for stimulating the
process of dissolving fat. It is used for decreasing the level of LDL "bad" cholesterol
and for purifying the blood.
- Garlic. Garlic is one of the greatest herbs to lower cholesterol.
Many studies have been done showing that one clove of garlic a day or equivalent
will reduce cholesterol significantly.
Garlic pills will also work. Garlic will reduce blood pressure. It also boosts
your immune system and will help keep you from getting
colds. This page on colds
also gives some great ways to use garlic.
We won't mention that it also gets rid of friends. Just kidding.
- Onions. Onions will do the same thing as garlic in some people. Instead of
one clove, use half an onion. If garlic and onions give you gas or make you feel
bloated you can try the culinary trick of adding lots of celery to the dishes you
make with these herbs.
- Ginger (Zingiber officinale). Besides being great for colds, ginger has been shown in many studies to be one of the herbs to lower
cholesterol. All of these herbs are wonderful to cook with and can add much flavor and
spice to our dishes, besides lowering our cholesterol.
- Alfalfa (Medicago sativa). Alfalfa decreases cholesterol levels and shrinks plaque that is already
present. Purchase in powdered form and take as directed, or use 15 - 30 drops of tincture
in water 4x a day.
- Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus). Not only is Bilberry good for your eyes but also for reducing cholesterol. It is high in anthocyanosides. This keep our blood vessels strong, helps prevent artherosclerosis
or heart disease, and decreases inflammation. It also protects our hearts while exercising or during all kinds of exertion.
- Burdock (Arctium lappa). Burdock root is an alterative - one of those herbs that gradually
improves body health. It is often referred to as a blood purifier. It is high in magnesium
and strengthens the liver, the place where cholesterol is produced.
- Chocolate. Yes, dark chocolate that is, has a high antioxidant level and is considered one of the herbs to lower cholesterol.
In a study at Penn State University the blood antioxidant levels increased but it didn't lower LDL "bad" cholesterol very much. But what it did was raise the HDL "good" cholesterol that cleans the LDL "bad" cholesterol out of the blood stream.
So eat some chocolate, dark preferred, but remember that it is still full of calories and saturated fat, so don't undo the good by eating too much.
- Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) or (Cinnamomum zeylanicum). Research shows that cinnamon
reduces cholesterol and triglycerides by helping to metabolize fats better. McCormic says
that 1 t. of cinnamon contains as many antioxidants as 1/2 cup of blueberries! Of course there
a many ways to use cinnamon, you can even sprinkle it in your
herbal teas and
infusions. Another idea from McCormic is to add a cinnamon stick and a splash or two of tart cherry juice to herbal tea. Yum!
Make a standard cup of tea and add lemon and honey to sweeten.
Infused honey can also be made by filling a small jar half full of thinly sliced elecampane root, then fill the jar with honey, stirring a little to mix the elecampane root in, and leaving a little space at the top for expansion.
Turn it over or shake it a couple times a day for a few days. It needs to sit for 4 - 6
weeks, then store in a fridge without straining. You can even chew on the roots
for a sort of throat losenge. Use the honey on toast or in teas.
Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) Hawthorne is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and it
reduces cholesterol. The leaves, flowers, and berries of the hawthorne plant dilate the coronary arteries and by doing so increase the supply of blood to the
It also improves metabolic processes in the heart including oxygenation and
production of energy. Hawthorn strengthens artery walls.
Drink a cup of tea three times a day, or use 1/2-1 t. tincture 3x a day.
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca). You can tell by the name that motherwort has long been
a remedy for the heart. It is an herb to lower cholesterol, reduce platelet accumulation, and just
strengthen the heart overall. It helps slow down a racing heart. Motherwort is relaxing to the nervous system as a whole.
Take 1 cup of tea two or three times a day or 1/4 - 1 t. tincture two or three times a day.
Nettle (Urtica dioica). Nettle has incredible magnesium levels. One of the things it does is
strengthen the arteries. Nettle makes a wonderful nourishing
infusion, doing amazing things for the body as a whole. Drink a cup or two a day.
Oatstraw (Avena sativa). In the herbs to lower cholesterol list, oatstraw
is the best. It is just one part of the whole grain, oats. It is an alterative herb and
tones and strengthens your body as well as your heart.
It has high levels of magnesium.
When used regularly it reduces blood cholesterol levels and tones
the heart. It helps clear blood vessels while tightening and re-elasticizing veins.
This also makes it useful for hemorhoids and varicose veins.
It makes a wonderful
that makes every day more enjoyable. The infusion can be used in lemonade, soups, or anywhere
water is used to add extra nutrients, or drink a cup or two every day.
Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus). Siberian Ginseng lowers cholesterol
and reduces blood pressure. Take capsules as directed or 20 drops of tincture up to three times per
Caution: May cause insomnia, irritability, or anxiety. Reduce the dosage if this happens.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium). Yarrow is another herb that lowers cholesterol as it
dilates the arteries. It is considered to be a blood vessel tonic.
Drink 1 to 3 cups of tea three times a day, or 1/8 to 1/2 t. of tincture two or three times a day.
Caution: Do not use while pregnant or nursing.
There are many other herbs to lower cholesterol and influence our heart health and well being. This is a list of some
of the herbs that I have come to love, and if you use them you will find that not only will you
lower your cholesterol levels, but your whole body will benefit.
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