High cholesterol in the body is the root cause of several major health problems including heart diseases and stroke, and is one of the leading causes of premature death.

Men and women over 40 years of age are advised to check their cholesterol levels at least once a year, and ensure that LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) and triglyceride levels are within normal limits. A brisk walk for at least 30 to 45 minutes a day, and avoiding rich fatty foods (particularly deep-fried food), are vital to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

Here are 15 simple remedies from Ayurveda to lower high cholesterol:

  1. Make sure to include at least 10gms of sprouted channa (chick pea) in your diet every day. Also including plenty of leafy green vegetables and high fibre food in your diet can help lower high cholesterol.
  2. Add chopped ginger to a glass of curd and drink regularly, or try to make a gravy dish with these ingredients, and make it a regular part of your diet. Else, add chopped onions to curd and include it as a salad in your diet.
  3. A decoction made of Punarnava leaves (Thazhuthama kashayam) is excellent in lowering LDL levels. It also helps in maintaining normal blood pressure levels, and helps patients with kidney disorders.
  4. Try to include more of shallots in your regular diet.
  5. A decoction made of drumstick leaves, or a decoction made of dry ginger, or a blend of 5gm ginger with honey, can be consumed on daily basis.
  6. Have a teaspoon of Triphalaadi choornam, mixed with honey or lukewarm water, at bed time.
  7. 15gm each of Amrit (giloy) with Njerinjil (Tribulus terrestris), boiled in 500ml of water, and reduced to 1/4th the portion, can be consumed when the solution turns lukewarm, by adding a teaspoon of honey to it, on empty stomach in the morning.
  8. Including sprouted horse gram as part of your daily diet can help in lowering high cholesterol.
  9. Drink the juice of drumstick leaves, mixed with a teaspoon of honey, everyday on an empty stomach in the morning. This is an effective remedy for high cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
  10. Grind the lead bud of mango tree with Haritaki (kadukkai), make a small ball of it, and have it on an empty stomach in the morning.
  11. The shell of Haritaki (kadukkai) can be powdered and a teaspoon of this can be mixed with tender coconut water and consumed twice a day. This can be effective in lowering cholesterol.
  12. Boil a glass of water with two cloves of crushed garlic, and drink this thrice a day at meal time. This can be very beneficial to the heart.
  13. The top watery portion of freshly made curd is said to an excellent remedy to lower high cholesterol levels within weeks, if consumed early in the morning on an empty stomach.
  14. Ayurveda suggests 15gm of Hrudayashanti medicine twice a day (diabetics can take panchamridvikarasam instead of Hrudayashanti). Else, take half-a-teaspoon of Guggulu Panchapala choornam on an empty stomach, mixed with a teaspoon of honey. This can help lower high levels of bad cholesterol (LDL).
  15. To increase good cholesterol (HDL) levels, eat 5-8 almonds and cashews daily, and continue brisk walking for 30 minutes a day.

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