Herbal Ashwagandha Processes Lowering Cholesterol Property

By Kyle J. Norton

Cholesterol produced by the liver plays an essential role in moderate amount in orchestrating the production of steroid hormone and vitamin D, building strong cell walls and aiding the digestive system in absorbing nutrients and fluids.

Hyperlipidemia or high blood cholesterol is a medical condition characterized by abnormally high levels of lipids in the blood.

 Blood cholesterol can be classified into
* The high-density lipoprotein is also known as good cholesterol processes a function to return cholesterol to the liver.

* The low-density lipoprotein is also known as “bad” cholesterol processed a function aforementioned health benefits in moderate amount.

In a healthy individual, unused cholesterol is returned to the liver. However, overexpression of “bad” cholesterol due to the consumption of a high-fat diet and reduced levels of “good” cholesterol can cause bad cholesterol remaining in the bloodstream, leading to hyperlipidemia.

The healthy ratio of total blood cholesterol (“bad”/ “good”) is any numbers that are less than 4.

Patients with hyperlipidemia are assymptomatic. However, over time hyperlipidemia can cause plaque accumulated on the arterial wall, leading to atherosclerosis, a major cause of heart disease and stroke.

According to the statistics provided by the CDC, in 2015–2016, more than 12% of adults age 20 and older had total cholesterol higher than 240 mg/dL, and more than 18% had high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or “good”) cholesterol levels less than 40 mg/dL in the US.

Some researchers suggested that the hyperlipidemic prevalence in the Western world may correlate to the promotion of a high-fat diet over the past few decades.
Dr. Karam I, the lead scientist in examing the said, “Hyperlipidemia, a group of metabolic disorders characterized by the elevated levels of lipids, is a major modifiable risk factor for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease [5]. These lipids include cholesterol, cholesterol esters, phospholipids, and triglycerides. Increased levels of LDL are related to the development of atherosclerosis [15,16]. 
And, “The result showed that there was a significant increase in hyperlipidemia biomarker which includes TC, TG, LDL, and HDL. There were histological changes in organs which confirm the previous result of blood lipid. That mean high fat diet successfully induces hyperlipidemia in rats, to make disease model of hyperlipidemia.“.

The life-long condition of hyperlipidemia is treatable. By a change of diet and daily moderate exercise, you may control the condition without medication.

Ashwagandha also is known as Withania somnifera is a nightshade plant in the genus of Withania, belonging to the family Solanaceae, native to the dry parts of India, North Africa, Middle East, and the Mediterranean.

The herbal medicine has been considered as Indian ginseng and used in Ayurvedic medicine over 3000 years to treat tumors and tubercular glands, carbuncles, memory loss, and ulcers and considered as anti-stress, cognition-facilitating, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging herbal medicine.

On finding a potent compound for the treatment of heart disease, researchers examined the effects of Ashwagandha on lowering the blood cholesterol.

The study included rats induced by a high-fat diet treated by aqueous extract of fruits of Withania coagulans for 7 weeks.

According to the tested analysis during the experiment, administration of the extract showed a significantly reduced elevated serum cholesterol, triglycerides and lipoprotein levels. 

In triton induced hypercholesterolemia., the aqueous extract of fruits of Withania coagulans exerted a significantly hypolipidemic activity.

Furthermore, according to the tested analysis on the liver tissues of treated hyperlipidemic rats, the extracts also inhibited the degenerative changes, compared to hyperlipidemic controls.

Based on the findings, researchers said, “The hypolipidemic effect of W. coagulans fruits was found to be comparable to that of an Ayurvedic product containing Commiphora mukkul”.

Taken altogether, Ashwagandha may be considered a functional herb for  lowering blood cholesterol, pending to the result of larger sample size and multicenter study

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Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

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(1) Hypolipidemic and antioxidant activity of aqueous extract of fruit of Withaniacoagulans (Stocks) Dunal in cholesterol-fed hyperlipidemic rabbit model by Shukla K, Dikshit P, Shukla R, Sharma S, Gambhir JK. (PubMed)
(2) Hypolipidemic activity of aqueous extract of Withania coagulans Dunal in albino rats by Hemalatha S1, Wahi AK, Singh PN, Chansouria JP. (PubMed)
(2) Induce Hyperlipidemia in Rats Using High Fat Diet Investigating Blood Lipid and Histopathology by Karam I, Ma N, Yang Y-J, and Li J-Y. (The Journal of Hematology and Blood Disorders)