Thursday, 19 July 2012

HOME REMEDY: Cholesterol

Written by Sof McVeigh
I was recently sent a very informative email from Jill Davies of Herbs Hands Healing about cholesterol. In it she talks about 'good' cholesterol (HDL) and 'bad' cholesterol (LDL) and how the body needs the former in order to help process the latter which, despite its 'bad' tag, we actually do need.

Statins is the prescription of choice to help with high cholesterol levels, but they can't distinguish between the two types of cholesterol, so they reduce both the plaqueforming LDL cholesterol as well as HDL, which is necessary in many bodily functions. Also, many people report side effects from taking statins.

One suggestion Jill makes is to ensure that your liver is functioning optimally so it can process cholesterol. Bitter foods and ones rich in plant fibres, such as green leafy veg, along with artichoke, coconut, turmeric and milk thistle seeds, are known to help liver function. It is also important to avoid animal fats and processed food.

Contact Jill at

Do not reduce your statins without talking to your doctor.

Sof McVeigh:

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