While some cholesterol is necessary for optimal functioning of your body, if your total cholesterol levels go beyond 200mg/dl, you fall prey to several health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart diseases.
A healthy diet complemented with adequate physical activity is, undoubtedly, the right way to manage your cholesterol levels. However, several alternative treatments, including herbal remedies, yoga and physiotherapy, can be effective as well.
In fact, including some herbs such as garlic in your diet can be the best way to control your shooting cholesterol levels without any side effects.
Garlic For Managing Cholesterol Levels
The cholesterol-lowering effects of garlic can be attributed to its sulfur content. Studies have shown that regular consumption of garlic can not only reduce LDL or bad cholesterol but also enhance the levels of HDL or good cholesterol in the body.[1,2]
This herb prevents cholesterol particles from sticking to artery walls, thus protecting against plaque formation and atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries). 
How To Use It
- Eat two to three crushed garlic pods every morning with a glass of water. Make sure you crush them well to utilize their antibacterial properties to the fullest and activate the enzyme allicin.
- Add crushed garlic pods to your pizzas, soups, or side dishes. You can also include it in your sandwich or sprinkle it on your salads.
- Garlic tablets, capsules, dried powder and aged extracts are also available in the market or online. Talk to your naturopath to determine a suitable dose for you.
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3. Thomson M, Al-Qattan KK, Bordia T, Ali M. Including garlic in the diet may help lower blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides. J Nutr. 2006 Mar;136(3 Suppl):800S-802S. PubMed PMID: 16484567.