Help Your Heart And Lower
Your LDL Cholesterol
LDL cholesterol may be one of your biggest obstacles to good
health. Many Americans suffer from too-high LDL cholesterol,
the result of too little exercise and eating too many fatty
Having a high level of LDL cholesterol can severely increase
a person’s risk for developing a heart attack or stroke. In
many cases, your doctor may prescribe a strong prescription
drugs, but with people who suffer from only mildly elevated
levels of LDL cholesterol, there are many herbal remedies that
can help detoxify the body’s arteries.
Here are a few natural herbal remedies that can help you
fight heart disease and lower your risk of developing a
Garlic: The poor man’s penicillin has been
shown to be one of your greatest allies against developing
heart disease. In a recent study at Penn State University,
garlic was found to lower the total cholesterol of research
subjects by seven percent. Other research studies have shown
that every one percent drop in cholesterol levels corresponds
to a two percent drop in the risk of developing coronary
The bottom line is that there are enough medical studies
circulating out there to tell us that garlic can play an
important role in controlling cholesterol levels and improving
overall heart health. In most studies, half of garlic clove to
one whole garlic clove each day have been used. The best
results have come from chewing whole garlic cloves raw. You can
follow this by chewing on parsley to deodorize.
However, if the idea of chewing on a garlic clove does not
appeal to you at all, you can always consume commercially
available deodorized garlic supplements. One whole garlic clove
equals roughly four grams of garlic.
One important side effect of ingesting high doses of garlic
on a regular basis is impaired blood clotting. If you notice
increased skin bruising, you should stop taking garlic and
consult your doctor immediately. However, if blood clotting is
not an issue for you, you can take garlic
An Interesting Herb Fact
Echinacea: Cure to the Common Cold?
Perhaps the most famous herbal remedies these days are made from the Echinacea flower. Native Americans have traditionally used Echinacea to treat colds, fevers, snakebites, and stubborn wounds. It is believed that the early settlers adopted the Echinacea plant early on as a popular home remedy to treat colds and influenza. The plant was a popular choice with the 19th century Eclectics. In recent years, Echinacea has grown immensely in popularity for its antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial...
Psyllium: Psyllium is derived from the seed of
the plantain plant. It is a good herb for helping cleanse the
gastrinal intestine tract. The soluble fiber found in psyllium
can also be helpful in reducing cholesterol. In a recent
University of Kentucky study, research subjects were given 5.1
grams of psyllium two times a day along with a modified healthy
diet. After more than 25 weeks, the subject’s serum and
were lowered significantly. Another study found that regular
use of psyllium might lower blood sugar absorption in type
Psyllium has not been shown lower LDL
cholesterol levels as much as prescription statin drugs, but it
can still be very useful as part of a cholesterol-reduction
program. Psyllium should be taken with plenty of water. Follow
the label for complete directions.
The leaves of the Burdock plant are most
commonly used to create a healing tonic for
common stomach complaints, including
indigestion and overall digestive weakness.
Herbal Tea: Most herbal teas
are high in antioxidants, which can be instrumental in
preventing heart disease and different types of cancers. In one
study, the research subjects were given five daily servings of
tea, and their LDL cholesterol were shown to drop by 6.5
percent. Both black and green teas are shown to be effective
against preventing heart disease.