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3 Cholesterol-Fighting Herbs You Need on Your Plate

Herbs are often overlooked as flavour-boosting additions to an already complete meal, but you’re missing out if you’re not taking advantage of their impressive health benefits – that includes their cholesterol-scraping abilities. Here’s how they work their magic. 

In today's fast-paced world of convenience foods and sedentary lifestyles – don’t worry, we’re all guilty of sitting behind a screen all day! – the battle against high cholesterol is more pressing than ever before. With rates of cardiovascular disease on the rise, fuelled by factors such as poor dietary choices, lack of physical activity, and genetic predisposition, high cholesterol has emerged as a silent yet formidable foe to our health and well-being. Left unchecked, elevated cholesterol levels can lead to a cascade of serious health complications, including heart attacks, strokes, and peripheral artery disease. As the leading cause of death worldwide, cardiovascular disease casts a long shadow over our collective health, underscoring the urgent need for effective cholesterol management strategies. Fortunately, nature has provided us with a wealth of herbs and botanicals renowned for their cholesterol-lowering properties, offering a natural and holistic approach to cardiovascular health. Join us as we explore three powerful herbs that stand at the forefront of the fight against high cholesterol, each offering unique benefits and healing properties to support a heart-healthy lifestyle. 


Okay, technically garlic is considered a veggie, but it's also been named a herb and a spice due to its culinary applications.For centuries, garlic has been prized not only for its culinary prowess but also for its medicinal properties – have you ever seen a dinner recipe that didn’t use this fragrant veggie? When it comes to cholesterol management, garlic is a standout herb, thanks to its ability to lower LDL cholesterol levels while increasing HDL cholesterol levels. This cholesterol-lowering effect is attributed to allicin, a compound found in garlic that has been shown to inhibit cholesterol synthesis in the liver and reduce plaque buildup in the arteries. Additionally, garlic contains antioxidants that help protect the heart and blood vessels from oxidative damage, further supporting cardiovascular health.


Turmeric is another herb renowned for its cholesterol-lowering properties, as well as its numerous health benefits. The active compound in turmeric, curcumin, has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol levels, inhibit the oxidation of LDL cholesterol particles, and improve overall lipid profiles. Additionally, curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation in the arteries and prevent the progression of atherosclerosis. By incorporating turmeric into your diet through cooking or supplementation, you can harness its cholesterol-fighting prowess and support your cardiovascular health. 


Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) has a long history of use in traditional medicine for promoting heart health and improving circulation. One of the key ways hawthorn benefits cholesterol levels is by improving the efficiency of cholesterol metabolism and elimination from the body. Hawthorn contains compounds such as flavonoids and oligomeric procyanidins that help reduce LDL cholesterol levels and increase HDL cholesterol levels. Additionally, hawthorn has vasodilatory effects, meaning it helps widen blood vessels and improve blood flow, which can further support cardiovascular health. Whether consumed as a tea, tincture, or supplement, hawthorn is a potent herb for managing cholesterol and maintaining a healthy heart.

Incorporating these powerful herbs into your daily routine can be an effective way to naturally manage cholesterol levels and support overall cardiovascular health. Whether enjoyed in culinary creations, brewed into teas, or taken as supplements, garlic, turmeric, and hawthorn offer a holistic approach to cholesterol management that's rooted in the wisdom of traditional herbal medicine.

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