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Herbs For Maintaining Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Herbs For Maintaining Healthy Cholesterol Levels

We’ve all got it – both good and bad cholesterol. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can go along way towards helping to raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol levels, but sometimes our bodies can use a little something extra to maintain the correct balance, especially as we age. Herbs have been used for thousands of years to maintain health and longevity, so it’s no surprise to learn that there are herbs that can support healthy cholesterol levels. If you are looking for an herbal supplement to help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels, consider these:

Garlic: Garlic is rich in antioxidants and is used to help prevent heart disease, including atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries (plaque buildup in the arteries that can block the flow of blood and may lead to heart attack or stroke), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and to boost the immune system.

Red Yeast Rice: Red yeast rice is the product of yeast grown on rice, and is served as a dietary staple in some Asian countries. It contains several compounds collectively known as monacolins.  Monacolins have been shown to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.

Guggul: Guggul is derived from the resin of a medicinal plant that has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda. It is known to contain substances that lower cholesterol and triglycerides and is used for arthritis, lowering high cholesterol, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), acne and other skin diseases, and weight loss.

Fenugreek Seed: Fenugreek is a plant whose appearance is similar to wild clover. Fenugreek seeds have a wide variety of uses as culinary spice and for medicinal purposes. Among other benefits, fenugreek seeds have been shown to lower “bad” cholesterol levels.

Psyllium: Psyllium is a soluble fiber that comes from the seeds of a shrub-like herb called Plantago ovata. Psyllium has many medical uses and has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels in people with mild to moderate high cholesterol.

This is by no means a complete list, but these are some of the most commonly used herbs for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. If you’re looking for natural cholesterol support, one or more of these herbs just might be right for you.

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