First of all, let us understand what cholesterol actually is!
Cholesterol is basically a wax-like substance found in the cells of our body. Our body uses cholesterol to make hormones and vitamin D, and it naturally produces all the cholesterol it needs. It should be noted that all animal products have varying amounts of cholesterol in them. So consuming food with high levels of cholesterol can lead to plaque build-up in the arteries, which is known as Atherosclerosis. (1)
Now the good news is that one can fight cholesterol with the right kind of diet. Many people ask "how to lower cholesterol naturally?" The answer is Spirulina. Numerous studies have concluded that Spirulina is greatly beneficial for the human body and its ability to reduce cholesterol and LDL levels is commendable.
Recently, a study undertaken by Greek researchers examined the effects of Spirulina on cholesterol and triglycerides in the human body. They monitored the health of 52 adults (men and women) with dyslipidaemia, who consumed only 1g of Spirulina over a period of 12 weeks.
Once the 12 week period was over, results showed that their cholesterol had dropped by 8.9%, triglycerides by 16.3%, LDL by 10.1% and HDL ratio to cholesterol by 11.5% on an average.
All these health benefits by just consuming 1g of Spirulina a day! (2)
In another study published by The Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, rabbits were fed a high cholesterol diet for 4 weeks, and then fed a high cholesterol diet for another 8 weeks, but this time with Spirulina.
The results after the 8 week trial showed a remarkable reduction in LDL levels by over 40%, and a marked reduction in cholesterol levels too. (3) (4)
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