Yoga and Naturopathy for High Blood Cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia)

Cholesterol and triglycerides are a types of fat found in your blood. Your body uses them for energy. You need some triglycerides and cholesterol for good health. Vegetable fat is the main source of triglycerides. Animal fat is main source of Cholesterol. It is transported in the blood plasma within protein particles (lipoproteins). Lipoproteins are classified by their density:

1.          High Density Cholesterol (HDL) or High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) called good Cholesterol.

2.         Low Density Cholesterol (LDL) or Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) called bad cholesterol.

3.         Very Low Density Cholesterol (VLDL) or Very Low Density Lipoprotein (VLDL)also is bad cholesterol.

Presence of high levels of cholesterol in the blood is called hypercholesterolemia or high blood lipids or hyperlipoproteinemia (elevated levels of lipoproteins in the blood). Elevated levels of non-hdl cholesterol and LDL in the blood may be a consequence of diet, obesity, stress, inherited (genetic) diseases, or the presence of other diseases such as diabetes and an underactive thyroid. Higher levels of HDL cholesterol are protective.

The main risk from high cholesterol is coronary heart disease. If the cholesterol level is too high, cholesterol can build up in the walls of your arteries. Over time, this build-up called plaque can causes hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). This causes arteries to become narrowed, which slows the blood flow to the heart muscle. Reduced blood flow can result in angina (chest pain) or heart attack if a blood vessel gets blocked completely. Atherosclerosis can cause arteries that lead to the brain to become narrowed and even blocked. If a vessel carrying blood to the brain is blocked completely, you could have a stroke. Fatty deposit along artery walls can affect blood circulation especially in arteries that lead to the legs and feet. People with diabetes tend to have LDL particles that stick to arteries and damage blood vessel walls more easily. Glucose attaches to lipoproteins (a cholesterol-protein package that enables cholesterol to travel through blood). Sugarcoated LDL remains in the bloodstream longer and may lead to the formation of plaque. High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol also are linked. When the arteries become hardened and narrowed with cholesterol plaque and calcium, the heart has to strain much harder to pump blood through them. As a result, blood pressure becomes abnormally high. High blood pressure is also linked to heart disease.


Yogic Kriya: Jalneti, Kunjal, Enema, Nauli, Shankaprakshalan

Asana: Surya Namaskar

Pranayama: Bhastrika, Kapalbhati, Agnisar,  Anulom Vilom etc.

Meditation: Meditate daily.

Diet Therapy:

Avoiding Trans Fat (very much processed fat which is available in cakes, pies and cookies biscuits, breakfast, crackers, microwave popcorn, cream-filled candies, doughnuts, frozen pizza, fried fast foods).

Replace Saturated Fat (animal fat products such as cream, cheese, butter, other whole milk dairy products) with Polyunsaturated Fat (polyunsaturated fat is found in walnuts, Sunflower seeds, Flax seeds or flax oil, Fish, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, albacore tuna, and trout, Corn oil, Soybean oil, Safflower oil).

Strictly Avoid:  Fried food, egg yolk, alcohol, smoking etc.

Recommended: Take more fibrous food, unpeeled pulses, tomato, carrot, guava, green leafy vegetables, cabbage etc. Eat 50 grams of oat bran. Drink lots of water. Drink green coconut water. Boil coriander (Dhaniya) in water and drink it to remove excess cholesterol through urine. Take wheat grass juice, bitter gourd, isabgol. Soak black gram overnight and drink the water and eat the gram in the morning. 

Go for morning walk regularly. Get rid of mental tension and stress with the help of yoga practice every day.   

Written by Yogaguru Dr Mohan Karki

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