An inclusion of lemon and garlic in your diet is a simple yet low-cost way of improving your health. You may probably just consider these foods just as flavor enhancers in your favorite meals but they are much more than that; garlic and lemon have natural capabilities to lower your blood cholesterol levels in addition to a myriad of other health benefits that come along with their regular consumption. Lemon and Garlic tinctures were used many centuries ago by Russian and Tibetan medicine.
Lemon and Garlic for Lowering Cholesterol Levels
Garlic and Cholesterol
The Pennsylvania State University have conducted a study cited in the Journal of Nutrition. The study showed that garlic food supplements had the ability to lower LDL cholesterol by up to 10% and total cholesterol by at least 7% in men found to have high cholesterol levels. Several types of
garlic supplements used (both in pill and water-soluble forms) were found to have reduced cholesterol synthesis in the body. These studies are still
Lemons and Cholesterol
According to the American Dietetic Association, lemons contain a terpenoid compound known as limonene that helps lower LDL cholesterol as well as total cholesterol levels. This helps lower the risk of heart disease. There are still other elements found in lemons that usually help in lowering cholesterol levels in the body: Vitamin C, present in high amounts in lemons, usually has an antioxidant effect that inhibits cholesterol from sticking onto artery walls, according to the health review magazine, Readers’ Digest. Lemon juice is mainly linked to these benefits.
The following is a family recipe that can easily prepared to start off shedding unwanted cholesterol in your body.
Garlic and Lemon Recipe to Reduce Cholesterol
- Four (4) cloves of garlic with the skin peeled off
- Four (4) medium-sized fresh lemons with the skin intact
- Three (3) liters of boiled water.
Method of Preparation
First slice the garlic as well as the lemons. Clean the garlic and put it together with the lemons in a bowl. Pour in the boiling water over them. Put the mixture into a blender and blend it until you get the consistency of condensed milk (i.e. a thick glue-like consistency). Keep this mixture in the fridge and leave it for three (3) days. After this, you can strain the mixture and use it as per the guide below.
How to Use the Lemon-Garlic Remedy
Drink 50 ml of this concoction three (3) times a day, before meals. However, for cleaning of blood vessels, you should begin with a smaller dosage; one to two tablespoons, three times daily. If the remedy works for you just fine, gradually increase the dosage until you reach the amount that you will need.
Treatment duration is usually 40 days. This method of blood vessel clean-up is usually required only once in a year. You can consult your doctor about your cholesterol levels after finishing your dosage.
Additional Health Benefits of the Garlic-Lemon Mix
Studies have shown potential anticancer abilities of limonene found in lemons. Lemon rinds, also according to researchers, contain rutin which strengthens vein and capillary walls; while citric acid in lemons has been found to reduce the risk of kidney stones.
Garlic; on the other hand, helps in the control of blood pressure, prevention of hardening of arteries, and, according to Medicine Plus,
taking raw garlic reduces the risk of certain cancer types such as colon, breast and prostate cancer.
Although there is an outline of a myriad of health benefits of using the lemon-garlic mixture, it is not advisable to just stop using medication. Always consult your doctor before changing your treatments.