Cholesterol is a fatty acid which is produced in the liver and is used for many body functions, such as synthesizing vitamin D, bile acids, hormones and building cell membranes. It is bad only if imbalanced.
The factors which increase the cholesterol level are poor diet, obesity, smoking, diabetes and lack of exercising.
Ayurveda views cholesterol as a lubricator of various circulatory channels of the body which are termed as Shrotas. The shrotas should be flexible and elastic to be healthy and functional and cholesterol plays a role in maintaining it.
Ayurveda does not term cholesterol as bad in itself but can be of harm if ama (metabolic left over that settles like a toxin in the fat tissue) is present in the body. If not cleared ama becomes a dangerous type known as amavisha which gets mixed with fat tissue and damages the shrotas. This leads to high cholesterol levels, stroke, and high blood pressure.
Natural tips to lower down the cholesterol level
To lower the cholesterol level Ayurveda does not focus on cholesterol-lowering food but rather a dietary recommendation that which balances the overall fat metabolism.
It is one of the most used medicines in Ayurveda to reduce the cholesterol level. It is contraindicated in pregnancy. It helps in controlling obesity, improve metabolism and gives a boost to the immune system.
It is highly effective in treating heart-related problems. It opens the blocked arteries that further reduce the cholesterol problem.
Consuming one tablespoon of coriander seeds with boiled water every day lowers the cholesterol level. It is also effective in improving digestion, losing weight and removing toxins from the body.
A regular exercise regimen is useful for the body in many ways. It helps in losing weight, improving digestion, burning fats and reducing cholesterol level. As people with obesity have high cholesterol level a regular exercise schedule help in bringing the body to shape and also bringing down the cholesterol level.
Consuming 8-10 glasses of water every day is highly recommended for its known health benefits. It removes toxins from the body and helps you stay fit and active.
The remedies in Ayurveda are natural and do not give any side effect and therefore should be followed by everybody.