Lower Cholesterol: Using Herbs As Medicinal Foods
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High cholesterol is directly linked to diet and lifestyle, and as such,
using herbs as medicinal foods should be a first line defense and treatment.
Herbs containing lecithin content are believed to help prevent the accumulation of cholesterol in the liver and the retention of fats in the blood stream. Fo-ti,
root, flax and pumpkin seeds are all good sources.
Supplemental lecithin is harmless, but does not have the observational benefits
of the whole herbs. Red rice yeast extract is a source of naturally occurring
statins and is considered the best supplement for lowering cholesterol.
As a soluble fiber, the mucilage contained in psyllium helps to lower cholesterol, (and to a lesser extent triglycerides). It also may help reduce blood pressure. Oats contain beta-glucans which help to lower cholesterol levels naturally. Eat rolled oats in least processed forms to get the full cholesterol-lowering benefits.
Don't dwell on the foods you need to eliminate from your diet, celebrate
the fab foods you should be including. Carob and cacao are
both delicious and healthy treats that can be included in a diet to lower cholesterol.
Research shows that the antioxidants in apple peels
can slow down the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and help prevent plaque buildup.
Since it is important to eat the peels, buy organic if possible and always
wash fruit thoroughly. Sunflower seeds, pistachios, pumpkin
seeds, sesame seeds, pine
nuts, flax seeds, and almonds are
particularly high in plant sterols, which can help reduce LDL cholesterol.
Make up a bag mixed bag of trail mix and eat a few handfuls, or about 1/4 cup
Drinking tea lowered low-density lipoprotein, the LDL cholesterol in recent studies.
To help lower cholesterol and improve circulation drink up to 4 cups of green and black teas a day.
- Steven Foster and Yue chongxi. "Herbal Emissaries" Healing Arts Press, (1992) Foti's lecithin content is believed to help prevent the accumulation of cholesterol in the liver and the retention of fats in the blood stream.
- James Duke. "The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook" Rodale Books, (2000) Phytochemicals called beta-glucans are responsible for oats well advertised help in lowering cholesterol. As a soluble fiber, the mucilage contained in psyllium helps to lower cholesterol
- Linda B. White, M.D.. "The Herbal Drugstore" , (2003) The leaf from alfalfa decreases cholesterol levels and shrinks plaques that are already present.
- Dr. Arthur Agatston . Cholesterol-Lowering Snacks ,
- . Nut Consumption and Blood Lipid Levels , JAMA, (May, 2010): Moderate consumption of nuts has been shown to lower blood lipid levels particularly among subjects with higher LDL-C or with lower BMI. , Vol 17
- Maud Grieve. "Modern Herbal Vol 1" Harcourt, (1931) Butterbur has been used as a remedy in fevers, asthma, colds and urinary complaints, a decoction being taken warm in wineglassful doses, frequently repeated.
- Maud Grieve. "Modern Herbal Volume 2" Harcourt, (1931) The great demulcent and emollient properties of Marsh Mallow make it useful in inflammation and irritation of the urinary and respiratory organs.
- American Botanical Council . Uva Ursi leaf: Expanded Commission E Monographs , Integrative Medicine Communications, (1994):
- Linda B. White, M.D.. "The Herbal Drugstore" , (2003) Studies show that the berberine in Oregon grape may kill many types of bacteria, including E.coli, and prevent bacteria from adhering to the bladder lining.
- James Duke. "The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook" Rodale Books, (2000) Extracts if corn silk are potent diuretics, giving rise to their use for all sorts of kidney-related and urinary complaints.
- Richard Mabey. "The New Age Herbalist" Fireside, (1988) One of the safest and most effective diuretics, dandelion root is rich in natural potassium, which enriches the body's supply. The diuretic power of the dandelion has been favorably compared with a common diuretic drug, Frusemide. p52
- James Duke. "The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook" Rodale Books, (2000) Over-the-counter premenstrual diuretics ( such as Fluidex or Odrinil) contain buchu as an active ingredient. The diosphenol in buchu helps kill bacteria, and the diuretic action helps to flush out the urinary tract.
- Richard Mabey. "The New Age Herbalist" Fireside, (1988) Cleavers is a reliable diuretic used to help clean gravel and urinary stones and to treat urinary infections. It is also traditionally used for cancer, particularly that of the lymphatic system.
- . Pipsissewa Herb Profile , Mountain Rose Herbs, (): A native North American evergreen, Pipsissewa,Chimaphila umbellate, is primarly used to treat infections.
- Hoffmann, David . Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine , Healing Arts Press., (2010): Cranberry juice helps flush out the urinary system by keeping bacteria from getting a foothold in the lining of the urinary tract., 381
- Linda B. White, M.D.. "The Herbal Drugstore" , (2003)
- Maud Grieve. "Modern Herbal Vol 1" Harcourt, (1931) Cleavers acts as a diuretic and blood purifier. Regular use detoxifies the body, treating an underlying cause of chronic skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne.
- Robert B Tisserand. "The Art of Aromatherapy" Healing Arts, (1977)
- Susan Miller Cavitch . The soapmaker's companion , , (1997): Kukui nut oil is high in linoleic and essential fatty acids with are critical for healthy skin.