Cholesterol Lowering with Herbs

Cholesterol Reducing Medicinal Herbs

Cholesterol-Less Herbal Tonic Help


Hello Alan, the information you so kindly sent is greatly appreciated.
interestingly i have recently taken to eating ginger which i had no idea aided cholesterol problems [try poaching pears in water with a teaspoon of honey and some ginger - delish and i hope not too fattening]!
also, i almost always eat pineapple which i knew had good digestive properties but wasn't aware of its benefits regarding chol-ester-rol [hey - it's my middle name maybe that's why i have it - no, only joking!.]
going to buy some Lecithin [nb- lesser-thin] i say more thin
unfortunatly i love cheese, cream and butter. have cut down egg intake to 2-4 per week.
hasta la pronto. y gracias. esther, Bournemouth


Cholesterol-lowering foods
Pistachios. I know almonds get a lot of attention for their heart-healthy properties, but pistachios pack a ton of benefits for our ticker, too. Plus, they are just plain good. A handful – about 45 kernels, to be exact – contains 14 grams of fat (90 percent of which is the good-for-you, unsaturated kind), 3 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of protein. I like eating pistachios plain, but have also seen them incorporated into trail mixes, salads, and baked goods.


Why is LDL cholesterol considered "bad"?
When too much LDL cholesterol circulates in the blood, it can slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain. Together with other substances it can form plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can clog those arteries. This condition is known as atherosclerosis. If a clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery, it can cause a heart attack or stroke. The levels of HDL cholesterol and LDL cholesterol in the blood are measured to evaluate the risk of having a heart attack. LDL cholesterol of less than 100 mg/dL is the optimal level. Less than 130 mg/dL is near optimal for most people. A high LDL level (more than 160 mg/dL or 130 mg/dL or above if you have two or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease) reflects an increased risk of heart disease. That's why LDL cholesterol is often called "bad" cholesterol.

Why is HDL cholesterol considered "good"?
About one-third to one-fourth of blood cholesterol is carried by high-density lipoprotein (HDL). HDL cholesterol is known as the "good" cholesterol because a high level of it seems to protect against heart attack. (Low HDL cholesterol levels [less than 40 mg/dL] increase the risk for heart disease.) Medical experts think that HDL tends to carry cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver, where it's passed from the body. Some experts believe that HDL removes excess cholesterol from plaque in arteries, thus slowing the buildup.

What is Lp(a) cholesterol?
Lp(a) is a genetic variation of plasma LDL. A high level of Lp(a) is an important risk factor for developing fatty deposits in arteries prematurely. The way an increased Lp(a) contributes to disease isn’t understood. The lesions in artery walls contain substances that may interact with Lp(a), leading to the buildup of fatty deposits.

The triglyceride connection
Triglyceride is a form of fat. It comes from food and is also made in your body. People with high triglycerides often have a high total cholesterol, a high LDL cholesterol and a low HDL cholesterol level. Many people with heart disease also have high triglyceride levels. People with diabetes or who are obese are also likely to have high triglycerides. Triglyceride levels of less than 150 mg/dL are normal; levels from 150–199 are borderline high. Levels that are borderline high or high (200–499 mg/dL) may need treatment in some people. Triglyceride levels of 500 mg/dL or above are very high. Doctors need to treat high triglycerides in people who also have high LDL cholesterol levels.

Cholesterol is found in cream, whole milk, cheese, butter, meat, eggs, bacon, etc.; avoid too much saturated fats (dairy products, shellfish, eggs and meat); also avoid hydrogenated fats (transfats) which are artificially produced and are similar to saturated fats (butter substitutes, biscuits, cakes). HDL is meant to help keep down the concentration of the LDL. Blood cholesterol should be less than 5.2mmol per litre. Regular exercise is at important as fruits, salads, vegetables and juices and herb teas and water.


Dear Alan, I've been waiting for result of recent blood test before writing. Glad to report that cholesterol level is 2.8. It hasn't been that low for a number of years. Thanks for all your help. The Heart and Circulation tonic is clearly doing its work.
Christopher. UK


Onions and garlic counteract increased platelet aggregation. Garlic lowers total serum cholesterol and triglycerides significantly, while increasing HDL levels.
Ginger in the diet lowers cholesterol levels and platelet aggregation. In the latter it is better than garlic.
Alfalfa (grow it from seed in your kitchen) decreases cholesterol levels and has a shrinkage effect on atherosclerotic plaque.
Lecithin inceases the solubility of cholesterol, thereby decreasing its ability to induce atherosclerosis. Soya beans are a good source; probably the best way to take this is in granules (you can order tubs of granules from Herbactive Herbalist). A non-soya source is egg white; the best way to max your lecithin intake when you cook the egg is to cook the egg so that the yolk remains soft.
Pineapple with bromelain enzyme inhibits platelet aggregation, improves angina pain, reduces blood pressure and breaks down atherosclerotic plaque.
Flaxseed oil – 1-2 Tblsp a day.
Other useful herbs found to reduce cholesterol in general: harts tongue, hawthorn, safflower, tora cohosh, island moss, turmeric, buckwheat, asafoetida, yellow melilot, red sage root, prickly ash berry. All these and garlic and ginger are in your medicine.

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I cannot list the herbs due to the "claim" laws in UK for "unproven" herbal medicines (despite the 100s of years of use by 10s of thousands of people in many countries). But I'm happy to email to you the herb names that are in this specific herbal health tonic.

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From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency ( Department of Health, UK

• Remember that herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care. • Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist). • Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care. • Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing. • If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking. • Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.


Pregnant/Breast-feeding mothers

Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.

Volatile Oils

Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.


A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.

Breast-feeding mothers

A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.

Paediatric Use

Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.

Perioperative use

The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.

From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency ( Department of Health, UK


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