High cholesterol means increased lipids (fats) in the blood. The normal level of cholesterol varies between 150 – 200 mg per 100 ml of blood. There are two kinds of cholesterol, HDL (high-density lipoprotein), which is good cholesterol, and LDL (low-density lipoprotein), which is bad cholesterol. Too much of LDL cholesterol circulating in the blood can contribute to problems such as heart disease, stroke. Several factors can increase cholesterol levels such as heredity, a diet high in saturated fats, metabolic disorder like diabetes, smoking, alcohol, or stress. Fortunately, high blood cholesterol responds well to nutritional supplements and moderate lifestyle changes.
High Blood Cholesterol Symptoms
- High blood cholesterol has no symptoms. A blood test (lipid test) is the only way to detect high cholesterol.
Home Remedies for High Blood Cholesterol
- Honey and lime juice: Add one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of lime juice in one cup of hot water and drink early morning.
- Coriander: Boil two tablespoons of dry seeds of coriander in a glass of water and strain the decoction after cooling. Take this decoction twice a day. The coriander seeds had a significant hypolipidemic action.
- Honey and cinnamon: Take one tablespoons of honey and half teaspoon of cinnamon powder in one cup of hot water thrice a day.
- Fenugreek: Soak one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Eat the soaked seeds on an empty stomach next morning. Do this daily for a few months. Fenugreek has antioxidant and cardio-protective benefits. Also, it is excellent for reducing the risk of atherosclerosis.
Do’s for High Blood Cholesterol
- Eat 2-3 flakes of garlic daily.
- Exercise regularly.
- Lose weight if necessary.
- Eat fiber rich foods, whole grains, soy products, and fruits.
- Use sunflower, or safflower oil for cooking.
- Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily.
Don’ts for High Blood Cholesterol
- Avoid high-fat foods and hydrogenated oils.
- Avoid excessive consumption of milk and its products like ghee, butter,
and cream; white flour, sugar, cakes, pastries, biscuits, cheese, and ice
cream; and non-vegetarian foods like meat, fish, and eggs.
- Avoid coconut and palm oil for cooking.
- Avoid alcohol, smoking, and stress.
- Having a family history of heart disease.
- Having high blood pressure or diabetes.
- Severe chest pain, or discomfort, pressure, squeezing, or heaviness.
- Severe headache.
High Blood Cholesterol FAQ
- What is the relation of high cholesterol with heart disease?
- What should be the normal level of HDL and LDL cholesterol in a blood?
- Does eating food with high fats cause heart disease?