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Reduce your Cholesterol

reduce cholesterolHerbs that assist your body to reduce Cholesterol include:

Artichoke – The total antioxidant capacity of artichoke flower heads is one of the highest reported for vegetables. It inhibits taste receptors, making water (and other foods and drinks) seem sweet. Studies have shown artichoke to aid digestion, hepatic and gall bladder function, and raise the ratio of HDL to LDL. This reduces cholesterol levels, which diminishes the risk for arteriosclerosis and coronary heart disease. Aqueous extracts from artichoke leaves have also been shown to reduce cholesterol by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase and having a hypolipidemic influence, lowering blood cholesterol.  Artichoke leaf extract has proved helpful for patients with functional dyspepsia as well.

Spirulina – Dried Spirulina contains about 60% (51–71%) protein. It is a complete protein containing all essential amino acids.  Spirulina contains vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinamide), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamin E. It is also a source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and zinc. Spirulina contains many pigments which may be beneficial.

Garlic – Garlic is claimed to help prevent heart disease (including atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure) and cancer. In studies it reduced serum total cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Regular and prolonged use of therapeutic amounts of aged garlic extracts lower blood homocysteine levels and has been shown to prevent some complications of diabetes mellitus. People taking insulin should not consume medicinal amounts of garlic without consulting a physician. Garlic cloves are used as a remedy for infections (especially chest problems), digestive disorders, and fungal infections such as thrush.

Ginger – Classified as a stimulant and carminative and used frequently for dyspepsia, gastroparesis, slow motility symptoms, constipation, and colic.  It was also frequently employed to disguise the taste of medicines. Tea brewed from ginger is a common folk remedy for colds. Ginger has also been historically used to treat inflammation, including arthritis & osteoarthritis. In Japan it is purported to aid blood circulation.

 Shiitake Mushroom – have all eight essential amino acids in a higher, more condensed proportion than soy beans, meat, milk or eggs.

A few other herbs include: Panax, Ginseng, Cha De Burge, Hawthorn & Milk Thistle

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