There are two types of cholesterols found in the body – low density lipoprotein (LDL) -‘bad’ cholesterol, and high density lipoprotein (HDL) ‘good’ cholesterol. Those with higher levels of LDL cholesterol run the risk of contracting coronary disease. HDL cholesterol on the other hand can prevent atherosclerosis. Healthy diet, exercise, body weight, gender, diabetes, age are some factors that can affect both cholesterol levels. Cholesterol levels below 200 are normal and between 200-239 borderline high. A combination of diet and drugs are commonly used to treat high cholesterol.
Cholesterol is such a big problem that everyone wants to find out natural ways to control it. Studies have shown that turmeric indeed may prove to be helpful
1. Prevents cholesterol oxidation
There are many signs that Turmeric and its chemical compound Curcumin could prevent cholesterol oxidation in the body. Oxidized cholesterol is dangerous and can cause plaque buildup and damage blood vessels, leading to strokes and heart attacks. Preventing this cholesterol oxidation could help reduce the risk of contracting diabetic heart disease and atherosclerosis. High levels of homocysteine – a product of cellular processes – can cause damage to blood vessels, plaque build-up, leading to heart disease. Turmeric contains vitamin B6 known to maintain homocysteine at safe levels.
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