For a healthy heart: Six herbs and oils that reduce cholesterol levels

For a healthy heart: Six herbs and oils that reduce cholesterol levels

Have increased levels of LDL cholesterol been bothering you? Here are some easily found medicinal herbs and oils that will work wonders!

One of the most vital parts of the human body, the heart is also the organ affected the most by diseases like high cholesterol, heart clogging, arrhythmia and cardiovascular diseases. Of these, the most prevalent is increase in bad cholesterol levels, the accumulation of which leads to plaques in the arteries supplying blood to the heart. Which is why, a person who has been diagnosed with increased cholesterol levels (LDLs) is at a higher risk of heart attacks.

Dr Reena Rawat, a senior Ayurvedic doctor at Dr Shikha's NutriHealth, talks about the importance of reducing cholesterol levels in the body. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that circulates in the bloodstream and is required in the production of bile acids and steroid hormones. Our sedentary lifestyle, huge intake of unhealthy fast foods and saturated fats have made our body more prone to bad cholesterol and heart diseases related to it. While alerted people quickly cut down on their intake of fats, you can also balance it out by consuming more foods that reducing bad cholesterol levels in the body. Click through to know more about them. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Guduchi or wild turmeric herb is known for its LDL cholesterol resisting properties. Also known as the Indian Tinospora, the herb helps in healthy bile secretion, the purification of the muscle tissue and blood in the system. This in turn, helps in eliminating bad cholesterol from the body. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Guggula is the resin of the Indian Bdellium tree and contains guggulsterones and ketonic steroid compounds, which are known to lower blood levels of LDL (Low density lipoprotein) cholesterol in the body. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Punarnava or spreading hogweed helps in managing bad cholesterol and keeps the secretion of fatty acids like lipids in check. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Olive oil contains many anti-oxidants that lowers LDL cholesterol levels in the blood. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Aloe vera reduces LDL cholesterol levels, reduce triglycerides and lowers blood pressure in the body. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Canola oil is popularly known as the world's healthiest cooking oil. It is low in saturated fats and high in unsaturated fats, making it suitable for keeping the cholestrol levels under check. The oil contains phytosterol (such as beta-sitosterolIn addition to vitamin E and vitamin K, the oil contains phytosterol (such as beta-sitosterolin) which is known to lower cholesterol. (Source: Thinkstock Images)