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These morning drinks can help decrease bad cholesterol levels naturally

Bad cholesterol, also known as LDL cholesterol (Low-Density Lipoprotein), is a type of cholesterol that can accumulate in the walls of your blood vessels and form plaques. According to Ekta Singhwal, M.Sc (dietician), Ujala Cygnus Group of Hospitals, these plaques can narrow and block the arteries, leading to a condition called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis increases the risk of various cardiovascular problems, such as heart attacks, strokes, and peripheral artery disease.

“High levels of bad cholesterol are harmful to your health because they contribute to the formation of these arterial plaques. As the plaques build up, they reduce the blood flow to essential organs and tissues, potentially leading to serious health complications,” she said.

Additionally, Singhwal noted that if a plaque ruptures, it can trigger the formation of a blood clot that may block blood flow completely, resulting in a heart attack or stroke. While exercise and following a balanced diet are pertinent in reducing bad cholesterol levels, a number of natural remedies also work. These include concoctions of different ingredients that can be sipped in the morning.

Here are some morning drinks to naturally decrease bad cholesterol levels:

Green tea 

green tea Lemon juice and honey provide additional flavour and potential health benefits. (Source: Getty Images/ Thinkstock)

Green tea contains catechins, which have been associated with improving cholesterol levels and heart health, according to Singhwal. “Lemon juice and honey provide additional flavour and potential health benefits.”

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Ingredients– 1 cup of green tea (brewed)– 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice– 1 teaspoon of honey– A pinch of ground cinnamon

Method1. Brew a cup of green tea according to the instructions.2. Allow the tea to cool slightly.3. Mix in the fresh lemon juice and honey.4. Sprinkle a pinch of ground cinnamon on top.5. Stir well and enjoy the drink.

Turmeric golden milk

haldi dud turmeric Heat the mixture until it’s warm but not boiling. (Source: Freepik)

Turmeric contains an active compound called curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties and may positively impact cholesterol levels, Singhwal noted.

Ingredients– 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or any plant-based milk)– 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder– 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper– 1 teaspoon of honey (optional for sweetness)– A dash of cinnamon (optional for flavor)

Method1. Heat the almond milk in a saucepan over low heat.2. Stir in the turmeric powder and ground black pepper.3. Add honey and cinnamon if desired, and mix well.4. Heat the mixture until it’s warm but not boiling.5. Pour the golden milk into a cup and savor its delicious taste.

Beetroot and Carrot Juice Blend

carrot juice These drinks can be beneficial when combined with other healthy habits. (Source: Pixabay)

Beetroot and carrots are rich in antioxidants and dietary fibre, which can support heart health and potentially help in managing cholesterol levels, Singhwal told indianexpress.com.

Ingredients– 1 medium-sized beetroot, peeled and chopped– 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped– 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled– 1 cup of water

Method1. Put the chopped beetroot, carrots, and ginger in a blender.2. Add water and blend until you get a smooth consistency.3. If desired, strain the juice to remove any pulp.4. Pour the juice into a glass and serve it fresh.

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Please note that while certain drinks can contribute to overall heart health, it’s essential to maintain a balanced diet and an active lifestyle for cholesterol management.

Remember, these morning drinks are not a substitute for medical treatment, or a cholesterol-lowering medication prescribed by your healthcare provider. “It’s essential to consult a healthcare professional before making significant changes to your diet, especially if you have existing health conditions or are taking medications,” said Singhwal.

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