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Cholesterol is a fundamental part of how our body operates, and only becomes problematic when levels get too high. This fatty lipid called cholesterol is naturally produced by the liver, and is also contained in many food products. Its purpose is to protect the cell membranes and allow new healthy cells to form. When there is too much cholesterol in the body, plaque starts to form in the arteries, eventually building up into a condition called atherosclerosis. Although eating healthy and maintaining an active lifestyle are important components in keeping cholesterol levels low, some people are predisposed to higher levels due to genetics.
Whether you already have high cholesterol or are looking to take preventative measures, essential oils can be a useful tool for your arsenal.
This oil contains five different flavonoids that make it effective in lowering cholesterol, two of them have even been found to help prevent LDL (bad) cholesterol from depositing plaque. Not only has Bergamot been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol, but recent studies have found that it can help raise HDL (good) cholesterol levels too!
There are several reasons why this oil is beneficial in lowering cholesterol levels. One such way is that Lemongrass contains compounds called terpenoids that inhibit the production of mevalonic acid, which helps produce cholesterol. It also helps reduce inflammation, which can contribute to plaque build-up.
A great oil to add to your favorite dish, Rosemary can be helpful in reducing cholesterol since it contains a very high level of antioxidants. Some studies have also found that it provides cardiovascular support.