Cholesterol is a type of fat produced by the liver, which produces the amount that the body needs, and is used in the manufacture of substances that aid in digestion, in the production of hormones and vitamin D. In addition to the production by the liver, cholesterol is also ingested. through some foods derived from milk, meat and eggs. Cholesterol is necessary for the body to function, however, when it is high, it brings health problems, such as cardiovascular disease. The ideal is to maintain normal cholesterol levels and, for this, it is necessary to have a healthy and balanced diet, with the ingestion of vegetables, fruits and whole grains, in addition to the practice of physical exercise. Some herbs are great allies in fighting high cholesterol and, through teas, you can achieve the benefits.
HDL and LDL
There are two types of cholesterol: HDL, known as “good cholesterol” and LDL, “bad cholesterol”. The difference between the two is in density: HDL is denser than LDL, which makes it harder to be absorbed by the body, being eliminated naturally. LDL, being less dense, is absorbed by the body and ends up harming it.
Teas to fight bad cholesterol
- Red tea : Because it has a low content of tannins and caffeine, red tea helps reduce cholesterol. It has a calming, digestive effect and delays premature aging, in addition to being good for the nervous system and improving sleep quality.
- Green tea: Green tea inhibits the absorption of fats by the digestive system, helping to lower cholesterol levels. It also helps to control blood sugar, in addition to detoxifying, digestion and speeding up metabolism, aiding in the weight loss process.
- Eggplant tea : Eggplant is another great ally to control cholesterol. To enjoy its benefits, add two sliced eggplant slices to a glass of boiled water and let it rest for fifteen minutes. After this period, mash the slices and strain. Drink the juice three times a day, or before main meals.
- Seven Sangrias Tea : Boil a cup of water, turn off the heat and add a teaspoon of chopped seven Sangrias herb. Cover and leave for 10 minutes. Strain and drink three times a day. Pay attention to the amount ingested, as excessive tea can cause diarrhea.
- Yerba mate : UFSC scholars have proven that drinking a liter of yerba mate tea a day can cause a drop of up to 40% in blood cholesterol levels. The tea should be taken 10 minutes before, during or after meals.
- Garlic tea : Break three garlic cloves into four pieces each, boil together with a piece of ginger root and 2 cups of water. Let it sit for a few minutes. Sweeten with honey. Have a cup in the morning and another in the evening.