Dr. Pankaj Bablani
Abstract: Hypercholesterolemia is a major cause of atherosclerosis and Coronary heart disease, (CHD) and accounts for about one third of all deaths in the middle aged and older adults. One fifth of the deaths in Indians are from coronary heart disease. Natural plant products have been used as the foundation of several medical treatments. Modern aspects of western medicine have become the forefront of clinical practice today, natural plant products continue to be used as remedies in alternative medicine throughout the world. It is estimated that 80 % of individuals in developing countries depend primarily on natural products to meet their healthcare needs. Ayurveda appeared to have been helpful in the management of Hypercholesterolemia & Metabolic disorder. One of its active ingredients, Curcumin has been widely studied for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. The historical use of Curcumin as a therapeutic natural plant product dates back hundreds of years, but the most recent advances regarding this agent have extended the possibilities of its use as therapy. Curcumin protects against the oxidation of cholesterol. (LDL) It’s also been shown to promote the HDL hence achieving healthy total cholesterol.
Keywords: Hyperlipidemia, Curcumin, LDL, HDL, Cholesterol, Atherosclerosis, Coronary heart disease