Cholesterol is a fatty substance in your blood that is used to build and maintain cell membranes. However, high levels of cholesterol are unhealthy and can lead to serious health problems. High cholesterol is often a sign of having made unhealthy lifestyle choices such as a diet that is high in saturated fats and not getting enough regular exercise. Other factors such as drinking alcohol, obesity, smoking, narrowing arteries as a result of aging and even our genes, as well as serious underlying conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney or liver disease can also increase the risk of developing high cholesterol levels. Regular check ups with your doctor are important to keep an eye on your cholesterol levels and if you have any concerns about your circulation or heart you should consult a medical professional.

Maintaining a healthy diet and getting regular exercise are the best ways to keep your cholesterol levels at a healthy level but certain herbs are reputed to help keep levels down such as Fenugreek, which has shown to reduce cholesterol in tests on animals but this is yet to be backed up by research on humans. Coriander seeds, Hawthorn and Myrrh are also thought to help with a variety of heart and cardio-vascular related issues.

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