Ayuredic Tips to Reduce Blood Cholesterol

Ayuredic Tips to Reduce Blood Cholesterol
General Health
Feb 2022

Cholesterol levels in the blood get imbalanced when there is an imbalance in Agni (digestion power) and the formation of ama (body toxin). Ayurveda has several remedies to reduce blood cholesterol level

Table of content
What is cholesterol ?
Effects of high cholesterol in blood
Cholesterol in ayurveda
Measurement of Cholesterol
Health risks of increased cholesterol
Ayurvedic Tips to Reduce Cholesterol
Other General Tips to reduce cholesterol

What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in our bodies. It is a steroid and alcohol found in the body tissues and blood plasma of vertebrates. Cholesterol is produced by the liver and is also derived from the diet. But cholesterol produced from the liver is important as it strengthens the cell membrane, helps in the production of hormones and vitamin D. The cholesterol in bloodstream, which blocks arteries, comes from diet.

Effects of high cholesterol in the blood
High cholesterol in the blood is considered to be unhealthy. Increased cholesterol gets accumulated on the walls of arteries as hard plaques. This narrows the lumen of arteries (Diameter of the arteries reduces. ) and interferes with the flow of blood. Due to reduced diameter, the blood flow through arteries also gets reduced.
Recent research has revealed that increased protein complexes of cholesterol, called lipoproteins are responsible for the cholesterol build-up in the blood vessels. Elevated levels of bad cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein or LDL, are responsible for heart disease. Increased cholesterol can also cause erectile dysfunction.
When the cholesterol level increases in the blood, doctors advise cholesterol-lowering medications. But these medications have several side effects. Research has shown that these medications affect the liver, nervous system, kidney, and muscles. They may also cause erectile dysfunction, insomnia ( Lack of good sleep ), constipation, diarrhea, mental confusion, etc. Persons who are on these medications may experience muscle weakness, cramps, inability to walk, and tingling sensation in the legs. This is a heavy price that has to be paid for leading an unhealthy lifestyle. Anti-cholesterol medications can be avoided by following a healthy diet and exercise routine.

Cholesterol in Ayurveda
Cholesterol levels in the blood gets imbalanced when there is an imbalance in agni (digestion power) and formation of ama (body toxin).
Ayurveda acharyas have said that increased kapha dosha and medha dhatu (body fat) cause almost all diseases that are caused by increased cholesterol. Increased kapha and medhas obstruct the body channels called srotas. Hence they advise the diet to reduce kapha and medas to avoid these diseases.

Measurement of Cholesterol
There are four types of cholesterol which are measured in milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dl). The body cholesterol level can be found through "Lipid Profile"
Total blood cholesterol -
This measurement includes lipids in bloodstream. ( LDL + HDL+ triglycerides and other fat particles). The normal value of total cholesterol must be less than 200 mg/dL
HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein) -
This is good cholesterol and helps to prevent atherosclerosis and prevents the deposition of fat inside arteries. The normal value of HDL must be greater than 60 mg/dL
LDL (low-density lipoprotein)-
This cholesterol is also known as bad cholesterol and this is an important risk factor for heart disease. The LDL level should be lower than 160 mg/dL
These are used by our bodies for energy. But a high level of triglycerides leads to heart disease. The normal value of triglycerides must be less than 150 mg/dL

Health risks of increased cholesterol
Here is a list of health risks that, a high blood cholesterol level may pose.
Coronary heart disease
High blood pressure
Heart arrhythmias -- an irregular heart rhythm
Transient ischemic attack (TIA, or mini-stroke)
Heart attack
Peripheral artery disease.
Erectile Dysfunction

Ayurvedic Tips to Reduce Cholesterol
Ayurveda has several remedies to reduce blood cholesterol level
Sweets, refined flours, red meat, animal fat, and vegetable fats increase Kapha and medhas. Hence these foods have to be consumed in less quantity.
Bitter foods like bitter gourd (karela), methi (fenugreek seeds and leaves), etc should be included in the diet.
Ayurveda acharyas recommend fasting in regular intervals of time. This helps to cleanse the body and also clear the channels.
Vyayama or exercises have to be included in the daily routine. Exercises like brisk walking, jogging, and swimming are the best forms of exercise.
Texts of Ayurveda eulogize the importance of dietary fibers in reducing Kapha. They recommend adding bulk in the diet through dietary fibers which become heavy to digest and stay for a long time in the stomach thus avoiding hunger pangs. Including protein foods like urad dal or black gram, horse gram, soybean, etc help to reduce cholesterol.
Try to prepare recipes with less fat and do not forget to add garlic and spices as much as possible. Garlic and spices help in fat metabolism.
Spices like cumin seeds (jeera), turmeric (haldi), cinnamon, cardamom, black cardamom, fenugreek seeds (methi), ginger, long pepper help to increase fat metabolism
Fruits and vegetables like apple, grapes, pomegranate, watermelon, drum sticks or moringa, cucumber, ladyfinger or okra, etc help to reduce blood cholesterol.
Follow dinacharya (ayurvedic daily routine) and rutucharya (ayurvedic seasonal routine)

Other General Tips to reduce cholesterol
Here is the list of foods that help to reduce cholesterol. Judicious use of these foods definitely help to reduce cholesterol
Include LEAN MEATS in the diet. Lean meat of chicken, turkey, and fish are low in cholesterol. These are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients that are excellent for a person's metabolism as well as in fighting off bad cholesterol.
Consider including a good quantity of VEGETABLES in your diet. They are low in calories and high in dietary fibers. Dietary fibers help to reduce cholesterol. Vegetables are excellent sources of minerals and vitamins such as vitamins C, E, and K, vitamin B-complex, and other micronutrients that reduce vitamin deficiency. They help to reduce heart diseases, high blood pressure, and cancer.
Let WHOLE GRAINS be part of your diet. Grains supply a good amount of energy and also supply dietary fibers. Whole grains are also known as effective in controlling weight. Aside from whole grains, bread, beans, potatoes, pasta, and cereals can also help lower cholesterol levels.
Make it compulsory to have 3-4 servings of FRUITS. Just like vegetables, fruits are also among the top food groups that lower cholesterol because they are very low in calorie content. These also contain large amounts of significant vitamins and nutrients that help prevent vitamin deficiency as well as other illnesses
LEGUMES AND PULSES should be an inseparable part of your diet. These supply fiber, proteins, and plenty of vitamins.
Exercise regularly. 30 minutes of work out in gym or 45 minutes of brisk walk are considered as ideal exercises to reduce weight and also cholesterol levels.
Avoid fast foods which are rich in oil and sugar.
Keep cholesterol rich foods at bay to keep your body and heart healthy.
(Whats App Dr.Savitha Suri @+ 91 6360108663/ to know more about ayurvedic treatment for increased blood cholesterol )