5 thoughts on “what herbal medicine or sources of medicine from plants are good to lower cholesterol?

  1. I have heard that Red Yeast Rice is a good alternative treatment for lowering cholesterol. You can find it for sale at health food shops and drug stores where lots of vitamins are sold.

  2. I’v heard many times that Garlic is good to lower cholesterol because it is natural and there is no side effects. Vitamin C too.

  3. As Texas McCoy mentions, red rice yeast is good for lowering cholesterol. The original statin drug was derived from red rice yeast.

    There is an unconfirmed story that the Japanese scientist who discovered Mevastatin in red rice yeast later would not take his own discovered drug to lower his own cholesterol. He took red rice yeast instead.

  4. If you already eat margarine or similar spreads, then try the ones with plant sterols, I’m in New Zealand so I don’t know about brands where you are.

    Rice bran oil has plant sterols too and is a great oil for just about anything.

    Plant sterols reduce cholesterol absorption. Be aware though that only a certain amount is beneficial, like 3-4 teaspoons a day of the plant sterol spread is beneficial, anymore does not provide any benefit.

    Liqourice tea is good too, and it also helps with regulating blood sugar levels, which I guess also might stop you snacking on cholesterol high foods.

    Depending on your lifestyle and how you feel about certain foods, you could always try a vegan diet which cuts out all animal fats and your cholesterol will decrease significantly.

    Also, exercise helps reduce cholesterol, it increases HDL, which in turn will decrease LDL (bad cholesterol) and lowers your triglycerides which are normally high in people who are overweight/obese, physically inactive, smoke cigarettes, consume excess alcohol and have a diet very high in carbohydrates (over 60%).

  5. Together with red yeast rice, another herb of immense help in lowering cholesterol is Gugulipid

    It is an extract of Commiphora mukul, the gum resin of the mukul myrrh tree. It is a highly prized and well known Ayurvedic herb, used for hundreds of years in the treatment of obesity and arthritis.

    Recent studies have shown that gugulipid can be even more effective than many prescription medications in lowering cholesterol and tryglyceride levels in the blood. (between 14 and 27% reduction in cholesterol levels over a 12 week period) Even more importantly, gugulipid has also been shown to increase levels of protective HDL cholesterol.

    Other studies have demonstrated that regular use of gugulipid has helped to prevent the build up of plaque in the arteries and even to reverse the build up of existing plaque. It also prevents blood platelets from sticking together, thereby reducing the risk of blood clots, which often cause heart attacks. Gugulipid has powerful anti-oxidant properties, thereby providing protection and benefit to the entire system.

    There are products available that have both these ingredients. Follow the link below to know more..

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