There are several different herbs and supplements you can add to your diet, and most are easy to incorporate into the diet each day.
Garlic. You either love it or hate it. Using garlic daily is great for your overall health. Garlic has been shown to lower LDL levels while helping to increase good HDL levels. In some cases studies done, garlic will reduce cholesterol and triglycerides by up to 15%. Garlic prevents oxidation of LDL and limits the build of arterial plaque. Garlic is known for lowering blood pressure and reducing cholesterol ( it also helps keep mosquitoes at bay).
Fenugreek inhibits cholesterol absorption and decreases its manufacture by the liver. Fenugreek also helps to lower elevated triglycerides and control blood sugar levels in pre-diabetes stage. It also may help reduce cholesterol. We’ve all heard about the benefits of green teas antioxidant power, but green tea is also known to reduce cholesterol and increase the excretion of lipids. Green tea also inhibits the enzyme that promotes blood vessel constriction. Its antioxidant effects help prevent aerial damage & regulate blood sugar levels.
One of my favorites is Rooibos Tea (Aspalathus linearis). It is a medicinal herb indigenous to South Africa and is widely used for its restorative and anti-oxidant properties. Rooibos can help to control blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and enhance immune functioning. It is an extremely nutritious herb, containing Vitamin C, Alphahydroxy Acid, potassium, copper, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, manganese and fluoride.
Another one of my favorite teas is olive leaf (Oleae europaea). Olive leaf was considered a panacea in ancient times, and is being rediscovered today for all its nourishing properties. In particular, olive leaf is showing itself to be very effective in supporting our body's natural defense systems (immune & circulatory) and promoting healthy cholesterol levels. Olive leaf lowers blood pressure in persons afflicted with hypertension (primarily due to its Oleoeuropein content). Oleoeuropein increases blood circulation to the heart. Olive Leaf inhibits the oxidation of LDL Cholesterol. Physicians have noted that olive leaf (extract) helps to suppress the replication of the HIV virus implicated in AIDS. Due to the oleoeuropein content olive leaf can actually help in alleviating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and sinusitis. Some physicians have reported total cure from sinusitis symptoms after olive leaf therapy. Adding olive oil to your diet can help as well. Olive oil is one of the mono-saturated fats and studies have shown that it lowers blood cholesterol. Extra virgin olive oil is suggested to be better than other varieties.
If you like spicy foods, adding turmeric or curcumin can be beneficial. Curcumin is an extract from the spice turmeric. Turmeric is a very strong antioxidant that provides antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and cholesterol-lowering effects. In addition, it was been widely used for patients suffering from Hepatitis C. Turmeric has been shown to have multiple health benefits. It works well on chicken, fish, and even sprinkled on salads. I must say it is an acquired taste.