Friday, November 2, 2012

Natural Remedies to Lower Cholesterol

The buildup of cholesterol can cause atherosclerosis and heart disease,the main cause of mortality in the Western world. The sedimentation of cholesterol in the coronary arteries,such blockages that cause heart strokes,and the carotid artery, which if blocked, causes a cardiovascular accident.Eating antioxidants like fruits and vegetables is one of the ways to fight the buildup of cholesterol on the artery walls.

Which fruits and vegetables should we eat?
Most effective antioxidants to be in pomegranates, red wine, olive oil and licorice root. Drink half a cup of olive oil a day. Cholesterol will decrease remarkably after only one week.Benefits of different foods, as pomegranates, red wine and olive oil are the main ingredients often used in the traditional Mediterranean diet.

Pomegranates as Ayurvedic medicine
In the Indian subcontinent's ancient Ayurveda system of medicine, the pomegranate has extensively been used as a source of traditional remedies for thousands of years. The rind of the fruit and the bark of the pomegranate tree is used as a traditional remedy against diarrhea, dysentery and intestinal parasites. The seeds and juice are considered a tonic for the heart and throat, and classified as a bitter-astringent (pitta or fire) component under the Ayurvedic system, and considered a healthful counterbalance to a diet high in sweet-fatty (kapha or earth) components. The astringent qualities of the flower juice, rind and tree bark are considered valuable for a variety of purposes, such as stopping nose bleeds and gum bleeds, toning skin, (after blending with mustard oil) firming-up sagging breasts and treating hemorrhoids. Pomegranate juice (of specific fruit strains) is also used as eyedrops as it is believed to slow the development of cataracts. Ayurveda differentiates between pomegranate varieties and employs them for different remedies. Pomegranate has been used as a contraceptive and abortifacient by means of consuming the seeds, or rind, as well as by using the rind as a vaginal suppository. This practice is recorded in ancient Indian literature, in Medieval sources, and in modern folk medicine : Wikipedia Link

Liquorice  as Ayurvedic medicine
The compound glycyrrhizic acid, found in liquorice, is now routinely used throughout Japan for the treatment and control of chronic viral hepatitis, and there is a possible transaminase-lowering effect.Hepatoprotective mechanisms have been demonstrated in mice.Recent studies indicate that glycyrrhizic acid disrupts latent Kaposi's sarcoma (as also demonstrated with other herpesvirus infections in the active stage), exhibiting a strong anti-viral effect.The Chinese use liquorice to treat Tuberculosis.
Liquorice affects the body's endocrine system as it contains isoflavones (phytoestrogens). It might lower the amount of serum testosterone slightly,but whether it affects the amount of free testosterone is unclear. Consuming liquorice may prevent the development of hyperkalemia in persons on hemodialysis.Large doses of glycyrrhizinic acid and glycyrrhetinic acid in liquorice extract can lead to hypokalemia and serious increases in blood pressure, a syndrome known as apparent mineralocorticoid excess. These side effects stem from the inhibition of the enzyme 11ß-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (type 2) and subsequent increase in activity of cortisol on the kidney. 11ß-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase normally inactivates cortisol in the kidney; thus, liquorice's inhibition of this enzyme makes the concentration of cortisol appear to increase. Cortisol acts at the same receptor as the hormone aldosterone in the kidney and the effects mimic aldosterone excess, although aldosterone remains low or normal during liquorice overdose. To decrease the chances of these serious side effects, deglycyrrhizinated liquorice preparations are available.