In this post, we’ll unpack all you need to know about Cholesterol from an Ayurvedic perspective, defining exactly what it is, how Ayurveda views it, how to lower it and more.
What Is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fatty acid produced in the liver that is vital for optimal functioning of the body. There are two types: low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL).
How Ayurveda Views Cholesterol
The Ayurvedic texts do not talk specifically about Cholesterol. Instead, they talk about Meda Dhatu (lipid tissue) and explains that balanced Meda Dhatu subsequently leads to balanced Cholesterol.
The primary factor behind balanced Meda Dhatu and the ultimate determinant to health and well-being is Agni.
When Agni is strong, it leads to Ojas, which enables the body to produce the right amount of Cholesterol in order to nourish the body which creates health and well-being. When digestion is weak, it leads to Ama, which prevents the body from producing the right amount in order to nourish the body which creates sickness and disease.
How To Lower Cholesterol According To Ayurveda
The Ayurvedic approach to hypercholesterolemia focuses on increasing Agni, regulating assimilation and elimination and controlling causative factors.
Ayurveda offers a range of holistic solutions by focusing on herbal medicines with dietary and lifestyle changes. Below are 9 suggestions that are effective and actionable.
- Avoid Fatty & Processed Foods
- Minimise Cold Food & Drink
- Minimise Sweet, Savoury & Salty Foods
- Maximise Hot Foods
- Consume Astringent & Bitter Foods
- Consume Garlic & Ginger
- Consume Warm Water & Honey
- Consume A Kapha Pacifying Diet
Cholesterol is a form of fat that is naturally produced in the liver and is essential for optimal functioning of the body and maintaining overall health and well-being. There are two types: low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL).
According to Ayurveda, the key to maintaining healthy levels is by strengthening Agni. Strong Agni leads to Ojas which enables the body to produce the optimal amount necessary to nourish the body and ultimately create health and well-being.