The so-called bad cholesterol is a rather common pathology.
70-80% of the amount of cholesterol found in our body is independently manufactured by the liver, only 20-30% derives directly from food.
When circulating in abundance in the blood, cholesterol tends to settle on the inner surface of the arteries, creating dangerous blockages that cause less blood to reach the brain and heart.
High levels of cholesterol in the blood depend mainly on nutrition but not only, in fact there is the genetic component that often plays an important role, or pre-existing diseases (diabetes, hypothyroidism, kidney and liver diseases). Starting from nutrition is a good starting point: eliminate fatty foods and favor fish, vegetables, cereals, legumes.
Relying on natural remedies is the second fundamental step:
- hypericum - several studies report that hypericum has anti-obesity activity thanks to the amount of serotonin present in neurons and which inhibits the absorption of serotonin. This increase in serotonin levels produces a reduction in hunger and has long been considered the primary mechanism by which St. John's wort act as an antidepressant. The use of hypericum can be decisive, in fact, when high triglycerides are associated with situations of stress and tension.
- olive tree - reduces blood pressure (hypertension), helps control the levels of 'bad' cholesterol in the blood and has an antioxidant action, counteracting the negative effects produced by improper nutrition and pollution.
- hawthorn - defined as the heart plant par excellence. It promotes the dilation of the arteries, the circulation and the blood supply of the tissues, cleaning the blood vessels from the accumulation of free radicals and cholesterol.