Written by Mita Majumdar, M.Sc. | 

Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team  on Jul 19, 2018

Ayurvedic Strategies to Lower LDL and Improve HDL

Dr Jayaprakash, the Ayurvedic healer and Managing Director of Dharma Ayurveda in Trivandrum, India, believes that ‘people whose blood cholesterol is low become just as atherosclerotic as people whose cholesterol is high.

Only when LDL is converted into a toxic form of oxidized LDL by oxygen free radicals in the blood, does it become truly dangerous. And it can occur in a person with low LDL too. Ayurveda remedies intervene at the very genesis of atherosclerosis, blocking the toxic transformation of LDL. Thus it is not only beneficial to the ones with high cholesterol, but everyone who is keen in preventing atherosclerosis and its grave hazards’.

Following are the Ayurvedic measures to control and maintain optimum cholesterol levels:

  • Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily.
  • Start your day with fresh fruits and grains such as oats that are high in soluble fiber.
  • Minimize consumption of animal products including dairy products. This is because animal foods are high in saturated fatty acids and dietary cholesterol.
  • Consume fish viz salmon, sardine and tuna as well as oysters, clams and mussels. These help lower LDL and improve HDL.
  • Restrict consumption of Omega-6 rich oils such as corn oil and safflower oil. Instead, use olive oil, sesame oil and rapeseed oil that have ‘good fat’.
  • Eat a lot of anti-oxidant foods such as strawberries, apples, nuts, carrots, broccoli and spinach.
  • Use turmeric and curry leaves when cooking dishes. They have cholesterol lowering properties.

Ayurvedic remedies to fight cholesterol:

  • Boil water with 2 tsp coriander seed. Strain and drink this water twice daily. It helps reduce cholesterol, flushes out toxins, and improves digestion.
  • Guggulu (Commiphora mukul) is effective in lowering cholesterol. Buy it from any reputed Ayurvedic store and use it as per instructions on the container.
  • Grill 1 or 2 small cloves of garlic and take it daily with your main meal.
  • Take 1 to 2 capsules per day of Arjun (Terminalia arjuna) extract available in a capsule form. Arjun is rich in co-enzyme Q-10 (CoQ10) that helps lower LDL cholesterol and enhances HDL recovery.


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Rakesh2000 Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Thanks for u r guidance over cholesterol.... my main question is how can I improve my HDL ..... its very low...... 26. I'm 42 years old rakesh thakar

Vikas251 Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Thanks for such a good article . I would like to add Flaxseeds[Alasi in hindi] to the above mention list of food to reduce cholesterol. Not many people know about flax seeds. Flax seeds(Alasi in hindi) are also good source of Omega 3 acid and helps to reduce cholesterol . Flax seeds are a rich source of the valuable omega-3 unsaturated fatty acid, alpha linolenic acid. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential in your diet. Like vitamins, they can't be made in your body and must come from foods or supplements. By increasing your omega-3 fatty-acid intake, you will produce a healthier ratio of these prostaglandins (hormone-like substances) in your body. Flax seeds have become more and more popular in recent years, due to their health-protective properties. Most notably, reducing the risk of heart disease, as well as the prevention of some cancers. Flax seeds are a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid. This is the plant-derived type of omega-3 fats, which has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol, as well as triglycerides levels. Flax seeds also contain both insoluble and soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is thought to aid in lowering cholesterol, by preventing the absorption of cholesterol within the body. Flax seeds are a valuable addition to your diet, to help decrease your risk of heart disease. Probably the most important and widely studied benefit of the omega-3 fatty acids is for the cardiovascular system. Lipid profiles, electrical conduction in the heart, platelet function, even blood pressure are optimized by omega-3 fatty acid intake. We should consume it daily . It is number one nutrition food item .Search online for more health benefit details of flax seed. You can buy it from nearby store or online and it is quite cheap as compare to other healthy items like almonds(more healthy and tasty mamra badam(almonds) is more expensive than California badam) and roasted flax seeds better in test than other natural food items which reduce cholesterol like Garlic, Oat,onions etc. Finally , it is up to you decide best suitable combination for your health.

Dr.Seth Friday, November 1, 2013

Recent research on Coronary Artery disease [heart disease] indicated the overall cholesterol to be within normal range in close to 60% of the cases. So high cholesterol by itself does not predispose to CAD. Other factors like life style diet and activity level are equally important.

lakshmig Friday, September 20, 2013

My LDL is 144 and HDL is 30 mg/dl. what are the consequences especially heart Further my SGOT is 169 and SGPT is 106 iu/l and am a sugar patient Kindly provide me the consultancy on the consequences omyhealth

Manuel Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I'd like to inform you about this product i recently discovered that is helping me a lot in my vegan diet and cholesterol problem. This is Olive an olive tree leaves’ water infusion.

Advancells Thursday, August 1, 2013

Hey Manuel, it's really great news! I will also try it once in a while to keep my cholesterol levels in check.

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